While traveling in Hong Kong one of the highlights is visiting Wisdom Path which is located on Lantau Island in the same area as Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. Wisdom Path is at the foot of Lantau Peak - the tallest mountain in Hong Kong.
The international scholar and poet Jao Tsung-I donated his original calligraphy of the Heart Sutra to Hong Kong in June of 2002. He wanted an open air display of the work to be presented and dedicated to Hong Kong. As a result, Wisdom Path was created and completed in May of 2005.
Situated atop a steep mountain the 38 wooden columns or obelisks which are reminiscent of bamboo tiles which were used in ancient times form the number 8 which means infinity. With an aerial view the number 8 is clearly defined and seen. The heart sutra prayer is carved into each of the wooden columns. The heart sutra defined as “The Perfection of the Wisdom of the Buddha.” The prayer is a sacred treasure revered by Buddhists and Taoists alike.
It was created on the slopes of Lantau Peak so that worshippers could appreciate the inspirational venue mixing art with philosophy. Located within the same area as Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery this spot has a spiritual aura which resounds high atop the mountains.
Lantau island is the largest in Hong Kong in size though less populated than any other island. It is simply stunning and to visit Wisdom Path, the Buddha and the monastery in one day is nothing short of spellbinding.
There are stone steps to walk and immerse yourself among the spiritual setting of the carved obelisks. While I was there worshippers were kneeling at the foot of the wooden columns and praying. Being there and experiencing the peaceful and serene setting of Lantau Peak and it’s surroundings was breathtaking. I have never seen such beauty in one spot. Across from Wisdom Path is Lantau Peak which you feel as if you could just reach out and touch the pinnacle as it was so close in proximity. The sun reflected off the waters which were miles down the lush green mountain slopes. Walking through a forest setting towards Wisdom Path was a refreshing and inspiring journey.
Due to the sacredness of the area of Lantau Island, the Hong Kong government banned the use of vehicles on the island. The only vehicles allowed are buses and taxi cabs. If you live on the island you need special permission to drive a car.
If you ever have the chance to visit Hong Kong this is a must see sight along with Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. A day here will invigorate the senses and have you yearning to go back as soon as you leave.
Below is a map of the Lantau Peak area. If you have any questions or for itinerary planning, please leave a comment and I will get back to you.