I was excited by the prospect of many things in Hong Kong. The food, the Star Ferry, the nightly light show, Victoria Peak and of course Ocean Park.
But top of my list for as long as I can remember has been the big seated Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island.
I can pinpoint the first time I became enthralled by the thought of going to visit this attraction. I was writing a Hong Kong destination guide in a job from hell and was asking my colleagues if any of them had ever visited the city in order to collect as much information as I possibly could. One of my colleagues told me he had taken a day trip out to Lantau Island and climbed many steps in order to reach (what was then) the largest seated bronze Buddha in the world. This sparked my interest – I have always been fascinated (I refuse to use the word “obsessed” again as it has come up several times in my last couple of posts and I’m beginning to even worry myself) with the Buddhist culture and have even collected Buddha figurines from my trips to Asia.