Once merely a remote monastery hidden in the lush mountains, the Po Lin Monastery made it's mark on the map when the magnificent Tian Tan Buddha statue was erected in 1993.
Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha attracts travellers from the world over.
Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this amazing statue which took 12 years to complete and be rewarded by the stunning sea and sweeping mountain views...not to mention the free ice-cream and drink.
Travelling to the Big Buddha is easier than trying to buy a train ticket in Melbourne. We used the MTR and were astounded by such an efficient and easy to use system for foreigners, especially.