Located at the foot of Lantau Peak, Wisdom Path is a landscaped installation of wooden columns inscribed with the calligraphy of the complete verses of the Heart Sutra written by master Sinologist Professor Jao Tsung-I.
Known as Sāhasrikā-prajñā-pāramitā in Sanskrit, the full name of the Heart Sutra symbolises wisdom and completeness in its original language. The verses inscribed are the Chinese version translated by Xuanzang of Tang dynasty, which is revered in Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. The 38 giant wood columns, which measure 8-10 metres tall and 1 metre wide, are arranged in a "∞" pattern following the natural terrain of the site to signify infinity. The tallest column, marked no. 23, is intentionally left blank to convey the "emptiness” concept highlighted in the Heart Sutra. According to Professor Jao, to have no hindrance in one’s mind is an essence of the verses.
The entrance of the Wisdom Path is marked by a phoenix sculpture. Next to it is the gateway to Lantau Sunrise. You can overlook Lantau Peak from Wisdom Path. As it is located uphill, the site is occasionally covered in fogs and mists, which resembles the image of the cloudland. Beginning from Ngong Ping Village, you would walk pass Ngong Ping Fun Walk on your way to Wisdom Path. If you enjoy hiking, make Nei Lak Shan Country Trail or Lantau Trail your next stop after Wisdom Path.
Ngong Ping, Lantau
How to get there
From Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal (Exit B of Tung Chung MTR station), take a 25-minute cable car ride to Ngong Ping. From Ngong Ping Village, walk to Ngong Ping Piazza and follow direction signs. The Wisdom Path is about 20 minutes away on foot.