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    Posted December 12, 2012 by
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    What was your best moment of 2012?

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    Giant Buddha Statue in Hong Kong

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter Karthik Balachandran took these photographs of the giant Buddha whilst on a rare family holiday.

    “This moment was special to me because I went there on a family vacation, my first time traveling with family in a very long time. It's different from everything else this year for the same reason,” said the 38-year-old from San Francisco, California.

    “I photograph a lot but this time it was with family and I am also a 'fan' of the Buddha, have a tattoo of the saint on my left arm. I am not Buddhist, just spiritual. 2012 has been an interesting year with many personal risks and ventures, I hope for these ventures to become successful in 2013,” he added.
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    After a scenic 6km cable car ride up the hills on LanTau island in Hong Kong, one is presented with a mystical view of a giant seated Buddha statue on a peak. Also known as the Tian Tan Buddha. Once in the sanctuary, a 200+ knock-the-wind-out-of-you stair climb gets you up close and personal with the Buddha's presence. A beautiful sight and truly mystical and spiritual experience. I lucked out on one shot where a visitor for a moment presented a similar profile as the Buddha in my line of sight. There is plenty more to see there such as the Po Lin Monastery.
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