Big Buddha

Hong Kong was more than just drinks on rooftop bars. And, while I loved stepping back into a life of neon lights and clothes other than traditional sinhs, I wanted to look back and feel like I got more out of my trip than a light buzz. That's why the highlight of Hong Kong for me was visiting the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. 

We took the MTR to the end of the Tung Chung line. From there, you have options as far as getting to the Big Buddha and monastery are concerned. You can bus out, hike for hours, or take the cable car. We decided to combine methods and ride the cable car up to the entrance {for the experience} and ride the bus {for the budget} back down after we were finished exploring. The cable car tickets cost about USD$20 each {though they will try to up-sell you on a Crystal Cable Car experience for USD $40}. We purchased bus tickets for USD$3. 

Up, up, up we went in our cable car to the entrance for both the monastery and the Big Buddha.

The weather forecast predicted rain, so we decided to hike up to the Big Buddha first to insure we could see it under clearer skies {though HK pollution is so real there isn't actually clear skies ever...}. 

There are 268 steps to the top. It's not a difficult or terribly steep climb to the top, but comfortable shoes are recommended. Also, you will be waiting for hours if you try to get all the other tourists out of your photos. My advice: if you cant' beat the happy snappers, join them. Because trust me, you will not beat them in Hong Kong. 

Selfie sticks really are the bane of my existence and they plague Hong Kong. The. Worst. 

If you aren't into hiking up stairs for a massive Buddha statue, trust me when I say the views of the islands and the lush mountains are absolutely worth it. And, hey, remember it's free! '

After strolling around the Big Buddha while pondering all of life's big questions {How good was Keanu Reeves in Hardball? Do you believe in love at first sight or do you think it has to grow? How many times a week do you have to shave your legs?}, we headed over to the Po Lin monastery.

But, I'll save that for another post on another day. 

**thanks to Zara for the beautiful embroidered mini!