Great place to go over a weekend. The cable car is closed now for an undisclosed amount of time due to some repair works (it got stuck over the Chinese New Year week with many people being stranded, and many dangling in mid air braving the 4 deg C chills).
Driving up to the Big Buddha is amazing, swirling through the winding mountain route, and if you're lucky, able to see beautiful views of the sea. It was a very cloudy day when we drove up, but since the clouds were rather low, you will go above them to see the clear blue sky and 'bobbing' mountain tops over the clouds.
Truly a must visit - consider the buses that ply the way up. Beats waiting for the cable cars which can take forever thanks to the long queue.
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