111, Hong Kong

Hike to Tian Tan Buddha ("Big Buddha")

6 Miles Total - Point-to-Point Trail

Originally added by Michael Gabbert

This escape from the craziness of Hong Kong is an amazing cultural experience. The hiike itself is very rewarding with great views.

Located on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, the Tian Tan Buddha is the central figure of the Po Lin Monastery and the major center of Buddhism in Hong Kong. Despite being a major tour attraction and inherently quite busy, the trek of the ‘Big Buddha’ is one to experience.

The easiest way to get to the right spot is by subway. Take the MRT subway to the Tung Chung stop. At this point you have 3 options:

1) Take the Cable Car. This option is the fastest at about 20-25 minutes (not including the wait time). Cost is $16-20 USD. You have the option for a glass bottom gondola which is more expensive yet not worth the extra cost.
2) Take a Bus. This option takes about 30-40 minutes and costs $2.50 USD.
3) Hike!

The hike takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hrs and is 6 miles long all on a well-maintained trail (note: you can choose the gondola or bus on the way back if desired). To get to the trail can be a tricky endeavor. Once you exit the MRT station @ Tung Chung follow the bike trail signs. Note that this will point you away from the signs pointing others towards the cable car entrance.

Follow the bike trail until you see a tunnel with 2 arrows pointing into it. There are several of these but the correct one is marked with mosaic art on the side. This tunnel will lead you to the main road (Yu Tung Road) where you’ll take a right. You’ll see a cluster of red/blue/purple signs, go right here. At this point you’ll continue to follow the bike path until you see a bridge. Do not go on the bridge but instead take the trail just to the right of the bridge. Follow this path and you’ll take a left into in the first fork in the road (there will be chain link fence in this area) and a right in the second fork you see (continuing along the chain link fence). After a sort walk you’ll encounter a set of 6 signs, 3 pointing right and 3 pointing left. Go right. Continue down this path and you’ll cross over water on a bridge with green railings. At this point you’ll continue down this path until you finally encounter the trailhead! The distance and time to get here is actually quite quick but can be confusing with many wrong turn options.

At many points on this trail, you’ll pass right under the cable cars, but not all of it is directly below. Don’t worry! Even when you depart from the cable car route you are still on the right path. This option might be longer and tougher, but the panoramic views and fantastic hiking make it well worth the effort.

Once at the Big Buddha, be sure to hike up the 250 stairs to the Buddha for great views and great people watching. See how many selfie sticks you can see. Its entertaining. Also, explore the surrounding monastery. It’s a gorgeous area.

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Terrible guide for tourists!

I tried following these directions with my girlfriend and wow did we get lost! So for the readers, prepare to get lost when you "turn right by the bridge"... Good luck.

Big buddha Hike

This is one of my favorite hikes and the views are breathtaking. Lush and green nature everywhere. We took the bus to Yat Tung shopping center and then started the hike at the end of Yu Ting road. Constant incline but the views are totally worth it, make sure you watch out for huge spiders above the trail.


One of the best experiences of my life.

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