Big Buddha in Lantau
An exciting attraction in the city is the 3.5-mile cable-car ride that starts near the airport and immediately heads up to the mountains of Lantau, before gliding along the plateau, toward its final destination, the Po Lin monastery. The architect wanted it to be like a pilgrim’s journey to a Tibetan monastery, with the building appearing on the horizon and then gradually drawing closer. Inevitably, being Hong Kong, it is a commercially oriented operation, with shopping opportunities galore at the destination.
For all that, this is the next best thing to a helicopter ride, offering a unique perspective of the largest island, Lantau, and the Big Buddha statue, claimed to be the largest seated outdoor bronze statue of the religious icon. Indagare Tip: Get tickets ahead of time on the Ngong Ping 360’s Web site to skip the sometimes long lines (www.np360.com)
The Maritime Museum
From Brantley Turner Bradley of China Prep:
“The Maritime Museum is fun and informative for adults and children alike…The signs all point to the Murray Building, so you need to know what to look for. This museum tells the story (in 2 small, well-organized rooms) of the sotry of the Chinese involvement in shipping from the beginning of the shallow hulled bamboo raft through the amazing development of Hong Kong as the world’s most active port. If you do, don’t skip the games in the “Modern” room… you can steer an Ocean-going container ship through Hong Kong Harbour and punch other buttons at almost every turn. It is a part of Hong Kong you might miss, but you can spend an enjoyable hour or so here.”