HK - Po Lin Monastery & Tai O Tiantan Buddha Statue Lantau Island The Po Lin temple built in 1924 is situated on Lantau Island. Known as the "Buddhist Kingdom in the South", it ranks first as the most magnificent structures amongst the four popular Buddhist temples in Hong Kong. After visiting the temple, if you want to see the sun rise on the Fongwongshan Mountain next early morning, you can stay in the temple (accommodations can be provide along with exceptional vegetarian dishes). From the gate of the temple, you can see a big copper statue of Sakyamuni located on the top of the Muyushan Mountain. The statue is 26 meters high and weighs 250 metric tons. The pedestal of the statue is a three-story exhibition hall in which there is a big bell. The bell is delicately engraved with Buddhist figures and Buddhist scriptures. Controlled by a computer, the bell is rung once every seven minutes, 108 times a day-in essence to "relieve" 108 vexations. West of Lantau Island is Tai O, a fishing village. It is known as "Hong Kong's Venice" because of its many crisscrossing waterways and the main transportation via boats. Tai O has many temples, including the Guandi temple, the Yanghou temple, the Hongshenye temple, and the Tianhou temple.