LANTAU'S Big Buddha celebrates its first anniversary tomorrow, but it is not proving as much a hit with the crowds now as it did a year ago. Around 1,000 pilgrims and tourists are making the trek to Po Lin Monastery every day, just half the number that went after the Buddha opened last year. The high-altitude climate is taking its toll with long stretches of the concrete balustrade around the statue covered in a lurid green mould. Yesterday several hundred hardy souls braved fog and heavy rain in the hope of seeing the largest outdoor bronze Buddha in the world. But with visibility down to five metres they were lucky to see the statue's hand, and then only if they climbed right to the very top. For nurse Natalie Tam Ching-mei the whole experience was a bit of a washout. 'It is a long way to come. When you are here all you can do is walk around the Buddha and that's it. There isn't a lot of entertainment.' Others were more impressed. 'It's not much fun with the weather this bad but if we get the chance we'll definitely come back on a clear day,' said Law Yiu-kan.