Big Buddha

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High in the mountains of Lantau Island sits the remote Po Lin Monastery, accessible only to monks and tourists.

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And right across the square sits the famous Big Buddha.

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Someone told me it would take 500 steps to reach the base of the statue, but I think they were confused with another monastery. I only counted two hundred and forty or so, but it was still enough to make me winded… Thanks, big guy!

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At the foot of Big Buddha are smaller statues of servants with offerings.

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But ’round the Buddha’s backside is an even more impressive display, a breathtaking view of the South China Sea.

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