The Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)
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Hong Kong’s singular most recognisable and iconic attraction, Tian Tan Buddha (more commonly referred to as just the Big Buddha) took 12 years to plan and construct. Sitting 34 metres high, visitors must climb 268 steps to reach the giant bronze statue, so be ready for a little exercise. Next to the Buddha sits Po Lin Monastery, one of the world’s most important Buddist sanctums, rich with religious iconography and wafts of incense. If climbing all those steps makes you peckish, refuel at neighbouring Ngong Ping Village for a traditional Buddist vegetarian meal.