Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha Amoghasiddhi, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.

The statue is named Tian Tan Buddha because its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It is one of the five large Buddha statues in China.

The Buddha is 34 metres (112 ft) tall, weighs 250 metric tons, and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2000. Visitors have to climb 268 steps to reach the Buddha.

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The Tian Tan Buddha was constructed beginning in 1990, and was finished on 29 December 1993, the day of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha, the founder of the Buddhist religion. The statue was formed out of 202 separate pieces of bronze. In addition to the exterior components, there is a strong steel framework inside the statue to support the heavy load.

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Snapshots of Hong Kong

It's always challenging taking pictures walking the streets of Hong Kong as the city is full of people bustling about around the clock. Seems like everyone is walking with a purpose. Taking the moment to slow down and observe needs to be a conscious exercise.

 Tram ride from the upper deck

Tram ride from the upper deck

 Message on the sidewalk in Central District

Message on the sidewalk in Central District

 Star Ferry docking from the lower deck

Star Ferry docking from the lower deck

 Ferry ride from Cheung Chau Island

Ferry ride from Cheung Chau Island

If you want to unwind from the stress in the city, finding the right spots within the city or going to the countryside can be a very soothing experience. The trick is knowing where to go.

 Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon

Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon

 Big Buddha in Lantau Island

Big Buddha in Lantau Island

 Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road in Central District

Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road in Central District

Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall is the hall to memorialize the people killed in the Nanjing Massacre by theImperial Japanese Army in and around the then capital of China, Nanjing, after it fell on December 13, 1937. It is located in the southwestern corner of Nanjing known as Jiangdongmen, near a site where thousands of bodies were buried, called a "pit of ten thousand corpses"

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The Nanjing Memorial Hall was built in 1985 by the Nanjing Municipal Government in memory of the 300,000 victims who lost their lives during the Nanjing Massacre. In 1995, it was enlarged and renovated. The memorial exhibits historical records and objects, and uses architecture, sculptures, and videos to illustrate what happened during the Nanjing Massacre. Many historical items were donated by Japanese members of a Japanese–Chinese friendship group, which also donated a garden located on the museum grounds.

It occupies a total area of approximately 28,000 square meters, including about 3,000 square meters of building floor space.

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The memorial consists of three major parts: outdoor exhibits, sheltered skeletal remains of victims, and an exhibition hall of historical documents.

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Forbidden City in Beijing

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.

 Forbidden City 故宫博物馆

Forbidden City 故宫博物馆

Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

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