Insights From Our Trip to the Giant Buddha and Wisdom Path

Insights From Our Trip to the Giant Buddha and Wisdom Path

One of the good things about traveling is that we are acquiring insights in the long run. It contributes to our personality development and the way we interact with others. Today I am going to share some valuable insights from our trip to the Giant Buddha and Wisdom Path.

Our first day in Hongkong started with a rainy morning. It might not be a good sign for hiking; however, we still pushed through with our plan on visiting the Giant Buddha.

Hongkong's Giant Buddha and Wisdom Path: A Trail to Enlightenment

Hongkong is one of the countries where there is a proliferation of Buddhism. It is in Hongkong where the 34-meter bronze seated Buddha statue, commonly known as the “Giant Buddha” or “Tian Tan Buddha” is located. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

Going to the Giant Buddha

The use of Octopus Card that cost from 150-200HKD made roaming around Hongkong more convenient. We bought ours from the Customer Service Counter in Hongkong Airport.It can also be purchased at any MTR Customer Service Center.

An important reminder while using the card is by making sure it has enough money on it. In order to save yourself from a hassle, you can always top up the card to add an amount.

One unforgettable thing that happened on this trip was finding out that I no longer had balance in my octopus card. It brought discomfort between the driver and us.

Even though Steven and I had money the driver could not give us a change.The driver could not speak English and I felt fidgety as the driver just allowed me to step off the tram without paying.

It does not mean that my ride was free. I was just not able to get a refund in Hongkong  International Airport because I wasn’t able to pay on one of my rides. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

We rode the MTR to Tung Chung and leave the MTR Station at Exit B. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

From Tung Chung, we chose to ride a cable car to the Giant Buddha. There was another cheaper way in getting to our destination. One can also ride a public bus which was located across Tung Chung MTR Station. Ride for Bus 23 to Ngong Ping Village which was home to the Giant Buddha. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

Our Ngong Ping 360 Experience

The Ngong Ping 360 is a gondola lift/cable car that offers tourists the options on which cabin to take. We opted for the standard cabin because it was the cheapest. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

It was a 25-minute journey in the cable car from Tung Chung Town Center to Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. The ride created a sense of excitement as the view beneath increased with every turn of the cable car. The mountainous Lantau Island, Tian Tan Buddha, Hongkong International  Airport, South China Sea and of course the 360-degree view of Ngong Ping Plateau. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

Hongkong International Airport at a distance. The runway has lots of Cebu Pacific Airlines. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

The Po Lin Monastery Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

The Ngong Ping Village and Tian Tan Budda or Giant Buddha

Another wonderful thing about our HK travel was that we met interesting people along the way. My boyfriend and I have opposite personalities. He would usually be the first one to say “hi” and smile at strangers while I was always the observant travel buddy. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

Steven and I met friends too on our travel. The two gorgeous ladies beside me are from England. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

Finally, we arrived.


We walked on this path toward the Giant Buddha statue. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

Getting ready for the 268 steps to reach the Giant Buddha!

Looking at the number of stairs we had to climb, I asked Steven if we should make it to the top. It will surely make us dead tired at the end of the day. Without hesitation, he said, “Let us try it!”

I am proud of my boyfriend’s adventurous spirit. It is contagious. In fact, our trip becomes more enjoyable and memorable because of his lively attitude.

We started to hike on our way toward the Bronze seated statue of Buddha. The more we ascended, the closer we became to the Giant Buddha, and the bigger it appeared in our eyes. It produced a sudden surge of energy witnessing the statue up-close. I felt alive as I looked down to where we came from. From the top, we feasted at the 360-degree sight of Ngong Ping Village and the Lantau Island.

Hongkong's Giant Buddha and Wisdom Path: A Train to Englishtenment Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

The fog was slowly descending from the top. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

On our way now to the Wisdom Path.

 Trekking to the Wisdom Path

We still had few minutes to roam the Lantau Island. I grabbed that chance to ask Steven to go to the Wisdom Path. Just adjacent to the circular platform, we trekked our way to the Wisdom Path.

We walked to the narrow trail with a row of trees stretching away on both left and right directions. There was an abandoned warehouse and mosquitoes lurking around. Unfortunately, we did not have a mosquito repellent.

It was getting hotter and dot by dot, the sweats were forming on Steven’s forehead. He was not used in a hot weather.

The heat was draining our energy. We were getting exhausted  and frustrated. Both of us heaved with a deep and impatient sigh.  The planned destination seemed to be still far from our sights.

The place seemed to be less touristy than the Giant Buddha. It was surprisingly quiet with nothing could be heard but mere footsteps.

The idea of giving up was crawling at the back of my head when two tourists told us that we were almost there in the Wisdom Path. It motivated us to walk more until we reach our destination. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/ Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

Lantau Peak at the backdrop.

We made it and thankfully we did not give up. There were big wooden rectangular obelisks with Chinese calligraphy on it. In these obelisks were the verses  of the Heart Sutra which was considered sacred to Buddhists. Giant Buddha Wisdom Path Trail Enlightenment/

We stayed in here for few minutes and captured nice sceneries to share back home.


Getting back to the cable car station, we went to the narrow path once more. Steven and I  looked exhausted outside, yet energized inside because of a moment like this.

It was the one that led me to think that it was not always the destination that excites people. What gave more life to this trip was the interaction between people. The friendship, love, and care that were created and developed as we started on this journey.

Insights from our Trip to the Giant Buddha and Wisdom Path

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Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

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Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

46 Comments to Insights From Our Trip to the Giant Buddha and Wisdom Path

  1. Alcides Pieter Wentinck says:

    I find the blog very very interesting. My best and sincere desires, and my heartiest congratulations for this giantly job. Thank you!

    • Ana Rose Alvaro says:

      Muchas gracias mi amigo! I am enjoying blogging since it has been opening doors for me to learn things I did not know before. Thank you also for subscribing. 🙂

  2. Firdaus Ysf says:

    Definitely a place to go when in Hong Kong. I didn’t know anything much about Hong Kong except for Ipman and Disneyland. After reading your post,it makes me want to visit Hong Kong.

  3. Wow. That is one giant budda haha. I concur that travelling is a great way to meet new people. Some of my best friends are those I’ve met on my travels.

  4. This Buddha is really a giant. The cable car is such a good invention to help tired travelers to go up there. Unfortunately, you had a rainy weather but I am sure that it was an interesting experience.

  5. Yana says:

    Love that you made the most of a grey day. Even with the overcast sky your preeky spirit and appreciation for the pace come through. It is all about learning and being in the moment.

  6. TravelingKen says:

    I wanted to do this so badly during my visit to HK, but couldn’t find the time unfortunately. Though, the 25-minute cable car ride could’ve been a deciding factor for me, bad fear of heights sadly, but something I’ve been facing since I started traveling. Great views, perhaps on a return visit I’ll brave the adventure!

  7. Janine Good says:

    I was in Hong Kong but only for a day at the end of my China trip. I am sad that I didn’t’ get here to see this peaceful place and pay respects to the giant Buddha. It truly looks beautiful and you do meet awesome people along the way 🙂

  8. abcdefghizzy says:

    Hahah my boyfriend and I are exact opposites too! I will talk to anyone and he’s usually the shy one but he warms up eventually. I had no idea the Giant Buddha was that stunning, love the one you captured of its side profile on your way up!

  9. Travel tips says:

    I do remember the statue of the Big Buddha in Hong Kong, i’ve been there a while ago and it is as huge and beautiful as in your photos. Thank you for your thoughts, i believe it is good to get out of your comfort zone , to see what else you ‘ll discover about yourself.

  10. rhiydwi says:

    I’m not sure I’d be able to hack 25 minutes in a cable car! Just a short 5 minute stretch makes me queasy. This looks like a wonderful experience, and I’m so glad it was worth all the exercise to get there! Your boyfriend sounds like the best kind of travel companion out there 🙂

  11. This place looks amazing! For a moment I thought we have been writing about the same place, I was just doing a post about a giant buddha (Great Buddha) in Japan. Looks like you had a great trip, I would love to visit here someday.

  12. taissnow says:

    it’s nice to have such a convenient and easy way to get there. Also the cable car ride looks like it provided some very nice views. I particularly like the monastery!

  13. Nice tips regarding transportation. And I love the Wisdom Path, it’s so serene. Enjoyed reading about your experience there and interactions with people and the place. Thanks!

  14. What a great visit. We love gondola rides. This one sounds spectacular. And the Buddha is so immense and inspirational. We’d love to do this too.

  15. It seems like a lovely experience! We wanted to go there once when we were in Hong Kong, but we only had a short time available and the queues to the cable car were insanely long. Will try again when we are there again!

  16. Jessica says:

    I have heard about the Giant Buddha before but not the Wisdom Path. The foggy weather must have been very beautiful and atmospheric. I’m not sure if I would have made it up all those steps. What a climb!

  17. This looks like a completely awesome experience. I would enjoy visiting Hong Kong and Singapore as well.
    Thought you took some lovely pictures as well….I really enjoy reading your blog.

  18. Jacqueline says:

    I have lived in seven countries and travelled to neigbhouring countries, Even though I experienced a mixture of differenr things, I would do it all again because I grew so much as a person. 🙂

  19. Shorikka says:

    Very nice ans well descriptive. I want my family to be able to travel ourside is the country.

  20. Beth says:

    I agree, I think the destination doesn’t always matter and is made that much sweeter by the people you’re with. I could go to the ends of the earth as long as I was with my hubby lol. Interesting post, I’ve never been to that side of the world. Thanks for the insight.

  21. Andre says:

    I have been to the Giant Buddha in Hong Kong already, but it is quite a while ago. Reading your post reminds me of the trip to Hong Kong and the giant buddha. Especially interesting, and I didn’t no that before is the part of the post, where you write about the track of enlightenment. Nice post! 🙂

  22. Mia Foo says:

    oh, i heard of the giant buddha place before but i didn’t visit during my previous HK trip. I think I’m a little like your bf, but only when I’m on an overseas holiday trip. I don’t know why but I’m more opened to making new friends with fellow tourists as compared to when I’m in Singapore. But then again, I don’t think I will be returning to HK anytime soon. Didn’t really enjoyed my time there. I feel that the culture there is very stressful.

  23. Stepping out of your comfort zone may be challenging for other people. However, I enjoyed reading this and it really inspired me. The view is just breath-taking. How I wish that cable cars would exist here too!

  24. kriswanders says:

    That must have been a very fulfilling experience. Ive seen pictures from my frie ds visiting the place but this is the first walk through! I felt like Im with the travel while reading the blog. Hehe! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos. 🙂

  25. ROBERT LEE says:

    It must have been quite an experience to be there. In fact, the location itself is conducive to making visitors feel like pondering life questions. Did you had that urge or moment? I suppose your answer could go both ways… I mean, you could be dead tired from climbing the stairs… 🙂

    • anarose says:

      I think for someone like me who is not used to in climbing high stairs, it was definitely tiring. But the view from the top was amazing. In fact, I felt like I just want to stay there for few more minutes if only we still had enough time.

  26. Carola says:

    Looks like a great trip! A 34 meter Bronze Buddha statue sounds impressive. I love cable cars :)! I always think it’s fun to be in one. Your pictures are great, amazing view!

  27. Nya says:

    This looks like a really interesting trip, and a place I’d definitely visit if I ever go to Hong Kong (which will happen, eventually!) Thank you for sharing with us your ‘path’ and trip 🙂

  28. Cykaniki says:

    How I wish I could visit that place, I want to finish the wisdom path ,the place is super relaxing I think based on all your pictures. thankyou for all the information, love your blog

  29. this is definitely the kind of place I’d like to visit if I go to Hong Kong. Such a cool trip to go by cable car! I also would have done the Wisdom Path and I’m sure I’d get frustrated as well. I don’t do well with heat, at all! Great foggy photos of the sculptures and so cool that you met some new friends.

  30. Indrani says:

    I like calm mood in these pics. Lord Buddha’s statue captured very well against the sky.
    Amazing setting of monastery in the forest. If I get there I have to see this.

  31. pinkpepperparadise says:

    I hope I will see one day the Giant Buddha in Hongkong! It looks amazing! You have beautiful pictures and I loved read your post, you shared important infos and it’s interesting as well.

  32. Vyjay Rao says:

    The Giant Buddha is majestic. We were in Hong Kong last year and infortunately due to time constraint we had to shrink our itineary. We miss Lantau island and the Giant Buddha. Hope to get there next time around. Loved your pictures and I can see that you had a great experience in the cable car.

  33. Marissa Abao says:

    When I was in HK last July, I wished that the Philippines’ MRT could be like their MTR. It is efficient and fast. It is not going to happen here anytime soon. Haha! You did a great job by pursuing to reach the top of that place. You must have been so exhausted. Are there any restaurants and restrooms nearby? I always try to search beforehand the places to eat because I like to eat something after visiting a lot of tourist attractions.

    • Ana says:

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂
      It was really exhausting that was why we almost gave up on going to the Wisdom Path. I think there are restaurants and restrooms too. We just had little time left that day that we were not able to experience the foods in there.

  34. Mommy QueenElizabeth says:

    We’ve been here but we didnt climb. We were too lazy to climb up the stairs we stayed on the ground. However i do enjoyed the scenes from the cable car going to ngongping. We went back to hongkong last june but we didnt get to visit this place..looks the same.. great place indeed!

    • Ana says:

      We might not be able to visit Hongkong’s Giant Buddha again so we decided to climb to its top so we can maximize our visit. Yes, such a great place to visit 🙂

  35. Lisa says:

    Very beautiful journey for you. Travel makes us step out of our comfort zones and it’s up to us where we let it lead. Thanks for sharing your insights.

  36. Preschool2Teen says:

    Beautiful. The views are lovely. You are so right about traveling and meeting new people. I’m the one that strikes up conversations with strangers, all in trying to learn more about the area.

  37. Kirstie Ganobsik says:

    Aww, I love your takeaway from this. Isn’t wisdom, after all, something that comes from those connections we make with others? Awesome article on what we learn when we step outside our comfort zone!

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