Tian Tan Buddha
It may come as a surprise that the Big Buddha was erected only 23 years ago—the site radiates an imposing aura that typically belongs to a more time-tested monument. One of Hong Kong's main attractions, the bronze statue is a commanding 112 feet tall and weighs over 34 metric tons. No matter your religious beliefs, a close-up look of this magnificent man-made wonder—one that took more than 12 years to build—will be worth climbing the 268 steps of stairs. For a moment of tranquility, head to the century-old Po Lin Monastery nearby.