Lotus flower – Nelumbo nucifera

I am so lucky to be able to do quite a bit of travelling and recently found myself in Hong Kong.

So, with a few hours to spare I headed off to Lantau Island to visit The Big Buddha at Po Lin Monastery – one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world. Completed in 1993 this bronze statue is 34m high, facing North towards mainland China. Located in Ngong Ping Village access is either by bus from Tung Chung or even more exciting, take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Tian Tan (Altar of Heaven) Big Buddha Lantau Island

The cable car ride lasts 25 minutes and can be taken in a standard cabin or for an even better experience, a crystal cabin – glass bottomed giving you magnificent 360 degree views as you soar through the air. You can enjoy great views of Tung Chung Bay, Hong Kong International Airport and distant views of the new Hong Kong-Macau Bridge – 50km bridge with an undersea tunnel section, making this six lane bridge one of the worlds longest.

TOP TIP – Get to the cable car early to be one of the first to arrive at Ngong Ping and enjoy the tranquility of the area before it gets too busy.

As I came out of the Grand Hall of 10,000 Buddhas I noticed a small water feature that had a single lotus flower (Nelumbo nucifera) floating on the surface.

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet and important in Buddhist symbolism. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. … Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

The colour of the petals, the way that the sunlight was illuminating the centre of the flower reminded me so much of one of the images used in my range of cushions found here

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