Experiencing another country’s public transportation like the buses, trains and cabs is already an exiting thing to do when traveling but taking its well-known cable car definitely made it more memorable. It happened when I visited Hong Kong for the second time with my family. We got to experience the 25-minute cable car from Tung Chung to the Ngong Ping Village.
Our 5.7km cable car journey started at the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal near the CityGate Outlets. It was a very comfortable ride since we were able to have the cable car to ourselves which can accommodate up to 21 persons. We saw buildings from afar, the HK airport, sea vessels, mountains and temples. The cable car ride was already a one-of-a-kind journey. It was very relaxing inside since it was ventilated and spacious. We also felt the cold morning wind and fog outside.
After the 25-minute journey, we were greeted by the nice staff manning the cable cars. Our first stop after alighting was the Cable Car Terminal and shop. There are a lot of souvenirs inside like key chains, shirts, displays, mugs and stuff toys. Outside, there are more shops and restaurants adorned with Christmas decors. There was a mini spot where you can take pictures with the Christmas-themed cable car with koala bears.
Further along, we saw a tea shop, some restaurants like subway, starbucks, shops selling souvenir items and Hong Kong delicacies. After the shops, we passed by the Walking With Buddha attraction. The village is complete with all the basic tourist amenities like a convenience store, some local stores, restroom, smoking area, telephone booth, ticketing office and public transport interchange.
After visiting the shops, we were welcomed by the huge gate of the Ngong Ping Village. One can already feel Hong Kong’s religious culture with this huge architecture towering the small stores and trees nearby. There are more mini cable car displays and shops along the way. Then finally, we were greeted again by a huge stone gate leading through the soldier statues, Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha.
The Tian Tian Buddha, more commonly known as the Big Buddha, is sitting 34 meters high and facing the north to look over the Chinese People. Guests can take the 268 steps if they want to take a closer look at this ginormous statue and enjoy the mountain and sea views surrounding the island. The Big Buddha took 12 years to complete and was erected in 1993. From then on, the once remote and quiet monastery became one of the popular tourist and local destinations in Hong Kong.
Aside from the regular and crystal cabin ride, guests can also enjoy the 360 Holiday Tour and the 360 Sky-Land-Sea-Day Pass for additional fees. Other cultural attractions involve the Tai O Fishing Village, the Wisdom Path and other temples in Tai O. Nature and wildlife explorations are another must-try in this place which include the Lantau North and South Country Park, Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak, Chinese White Dolphins, Mangroves, Fiddler’s Crab, Romer’s Tree Frog, Scarlet Minivet, Mudskipper and Clams digging among many others.
From feasting through the eyes, tourists can also feast with their mouth and stomach from trying local delicacies like shrimp paste, salted egg yolks and salted fish, Phoenix tea, fresh seafood dishes and steam glutinous rice cakes and rice dumplings.
The standard cabin is at HKD150 and HKD235 for the crystal cabin. Please click here for other ticket prices and packages.
Ngong Ping 360, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong Opening Hours: Weekdays – 10:00am to 6:00pm Weekends – 9:00am to 6:30pm
http://www.np360.com.hk Tel: (852) 3666 0606