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Po Lin Monastery

Type: Religious Sites



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Po Lin translates to "precious lotus," and this monastery is one of the most famous of Hong Kong's numerous attractions. In addition to being one of the most opulent and grandest temples in the...  Read More


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  • Free Things to Do: "Po Lin is connected to the rest of Lantau by numerous hiking trails, a great way to get here, and by cable car from Tung Chung."
  • Best Attractions & Activities: "A large restaurant inside Po Lin Monastery serves vegetarian Cantonese dishes. Vegetables such as mushrooms, tofu and eggplant are used to mimic the taste and texture of meat and poultry."
  • Romantic Things to Do, Sightseeing, Tours and Excursions: "If you're reasonably fit, it's perfectly possible to hike up here either from Tung Chung or Shek Pik Reservoir."
  • Best for Free Things to Do Because: This is quite the most spectacular of Hong Kong's religious sites.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The panoramic location is matched by a great atmosphere as hordes of devotees come to pay their respects.
  • Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: The Big Buddha's bucolic location atop a mountain is truly inspirational.
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: You can't ask for a bigger contrast to downtown Hong Kong than this hilltop retreat with its superb views.
  • Best for Tours and Excursions Because: Making the ascent to Po Lin Monastery is like a mini pilgrimage.

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