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If the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong gets too much for you, an escape to Lantau Island might be just the thing for you

If the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong gets too much for you, an escape to Lantau Island might be just the thing for you. One of the most popular sights to see on the island is the Tian Tan Buddha. Few statues in the world leave as powerful an impression as the Buddha gazing serenely from the hillside of Ngong-Ping on Lantau Island. The Buddha is one of the most distinctive landmarks on Hong Kong's largest island, Lantau. This is the world's tallest outdoor seated bronze buddha statue sits on a lotus throne above a three-platform altar, weighs 202 tonnes. However, it's not the size that makes the statue special; it's what one sees when one looks up. His eyes see everything but judge nothing. His hand is opened up and out to give and to receive. His head is inclined, waiting and accepting. He has serenity, dignity, and depth of character. Perhaps because of the height where the statue is located, or because of the silent surroundings, or the crispness of an autumn morn, or whatever the reason, visitors may feel lighter and freer, calmer and better in the presence of the Giant Buddha.

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