Tian Tan Buddha (天壇大佛) And Ngong Ping Skyrail (昂坪) In Hong Kong Or The Tien Tan Buddha Series

The Tian Tan Buddha is a landmark of Hong Kong, visible by the naked eye in Macau (澳門特別行政區).

Situated right next to the airport, it’s a place well worth visiting. Otherwise, it is easily accessible thanks to the MTR and a nifty gondola lift.

It is the tallest outdoor Buddha statue, at 34m in height.

It was completed in 1993 at a total cost of $68 million US.

One of the great ways of getting to the site is to take the Ngong Ping Skyrail, a gondola lift that takes 27 minutes to get to the summit where the Buddha is located in Lantau.


All photos were taken by range (except the Hong Kong flag and the Ngong Ping Skyrail map, courtesy of Wikipedia) and are part of the Tian Tan Series and were taken on the 14th of May 2007 with a Nikon D200 and a 18-200mm VR Nikkor lens. Setting: Color saturation: More Vivid (Vi+), ISO Auto, RAW+JPG files.


A quick departure after waiting for a few minutes.

By 9:30, I was on my way to Tung Chung MTR station (東涌) to visit the Tian Tan Buddha in Lantau. I hadn’t realized that Tung Chung was actually an MTR stop. I thought it was a train, since it runs almost parallel to the Airport Express, and that is a train.

Across the bridge

Tung Chung (東涌, Dōngchōng) is the western terminal station on the Hong Kong MTR Tung Chung Line. It is located in Tung Chung, in the northern part of Lantau Island. The station serves as an access facility to the Ngong Ping Skyrail. Its livery is blue violet.

I took a return trip via the cable cars. It was pretty cool. I took a lot of pictures. When I arrived, I walked up the path to get to the Buddha. The entrance fee is $23HK. The return trip for an adult was $88HK. It was nice, but the steps were a bit hard in the hot humid heat of lazy afternoon.

Watch out below

Getting higher and higher

A bit of green in this photo.

What makes the gondola work?

Arrival in Ngong Ping

In total, there are 268 steps up to the Buddha statue. No wonder I was tired when I arrived at the top, and drenched in the mid-morning heat. All the way in the gondola, I tried to imagine what the trip would have been like on foot. A trail is visible all along the way. I wonder how many people have recently walked the whole way. It must take a long time, at least 12 hours if not more.

Misty mountains seen in the distance.

A view of the Buddha from the Ngong Ping village.

A closer view

The way up is long

A firepot or urn right in front of the ascension.

A lady getting hot in the sun. I was drenched.

Climbing up those stairs, I thought of penance. Penance for sins that I have committed in the past.

Do I believe in that?

Yes I do.

A frontal view.

One of the Immortals near the Buddha.

He is huge!

A closer view of an Immortal.

Misty mountains in the distance

Right underneath the statue.

More mountains.

Misty mountains seen from the top.

Going back down.

The gondola in the distance.

Back at the bottom.

The gate leading to the monastery.

On the way back down

Even more green.

You can see the people in the other gondola.

More machinery.

A view that includes the bay.

More water and green.

Another great view.

The island on the left is the airport island, which is artificial and was constructed for the sole purpose for the airport.

You can see fishermen and their boats going about their business.

Fishermen fishing in the bay.

Arriving back on land.

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Relevant Wiki Links

Relevant Links

Ngong Ping Official Site

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.