Hong Kong’s Big Buddha in Pictures

Jessica Peterson

One of the highlights of both my Hong Kong visits was a leisurely ride through the mountains in a glass gondola. (Read my full travel story.) It was a relief after navigating the über crowded Victoria Harbour area. Whether your destination is the Big Buddha or you just want to take in the fog-laden scenery, riding in a glass gondola is a spectacular visual treat. The cable car links rural Ngong Ping with urban Tung Chung. We gladly paid extra to ride in the glass-bottom ‘crystal’ cabin to see fishermen waist-deep in the shallow bay, hikers the size of ants on the rugged train between mountains, and boats streaming across the water. (Book on the Ngong Ping 360 website to get 10% off. Though the website was down when I tried to do this, I simply asked for the discount at the ticket window.)

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I bought a gorgeous Chinese blouse from the shop below!

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Wearing:  BCBG dress  //  Etsy belt

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • FullTimeCanada

    Hong Kong is a really beautiful place which definitely shows in your images. I particularly love the one picture of the tilted building – well done. Riding the gondola also sounds quite amazing.

  • Luxurybackpacking

    Wow your photos are absolutely breathtaking! I’m visiting Hong Kong in 2018 and can’t wait after seeing these shots! I never knew about the gondola before reading this, so it’s great to know for future travels! Happy Travels 🙂

  • We recently went through Hong Kong and saw those gondolas. Wow, what an incredible journey that must have been with a glass bottom. You look fabulous in that shirt by the way. It goes great with your hair. Great find.

  • Wow. Just wow, seeing the pictures of the Big Buddha are just incredible. How amazing to see it for yourself, and I love the different perspectives you’ve got. I’d love to try a glass bottom gondola, seems like it would be a relaxing and fun trip!

  • Nicholas Danis Bertrand

    your pictures are mind-blowing!!I will be in Hong-Kong with my girlfriend this year and these photos really spoke to our imagination.You are a really talented photographer.

  • Clare

    I loved visiting the Big buddha when I was in Hong Kong. Its great to get the cable car and feel like you are out of the city and the views from that area are stunning. I had no idea when I first got to Hong Kong how green it would be and how you could feel like you are out of the city.

  • Sutee Dee

    I’ve been to Hk three times but never made it to the Big Buddha. You have some nice shots. I especially like the one with the sun setting.

  • Sonia Sahni

    I have been here…and felt that i was totally out of HK. It was so peaceful and quiet…I loved the monk food at the temple. It cost a little extra but was so worth it as I was struggling for veg food in HK. You are lucky that you had such a clear day…my pics are all hazy cos of the mist!
    Happy travelling!