Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Located on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, a large bronze statue of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, completed in 1993, sits on top of a mountain looking down over his island with a calm confidence. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. If you look at his chest you will see a Wan, or a symbol for prosperity and good fortune. It was adopted by Hitler who rotated it counterclockwise to turn it into a swastika, which also skewed it’s meaning.

An extreme contrast to the fast-paced bustle of Hong Kong island, Lantau has more cows than people. This of course made it my favorite stop during our stay in Hong Kong!

k.h. 2012

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