Besides Disneyland, Ocean Park, Victoria Peak and other familiar tourist attractions, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and Lantau Island are also many tourists favorite place.
Lantau Island lies in the southeast of Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s largest island, an area of 146.75 square kilometers, Lantau Island is eighty percent bigger than Hong Kong Island in size.
The hiking trail in Lantau Island starts from Ngong Ping, we can overlook the beautiful sights of Shek Pik Reservoir along the way, then we walk around the northern hillside of Phoenix Mountain, slowly down toward Tung Chung Valley, we pass through the woods, mountain stream, abandoned battery and abbey. Takes a broad view looks, modern Chek Lap Kok Airport is in sharp contrast to primitive outer suburbs.
The main attractions of Lantau Island are Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Silver Mine Bay, Pui O wetlands, Tai O fishing village, Chek Lap Kok airport, Phoenix Mountain etc.
We take the subway and get off at Tung Chung Station, we see the cable car platform entrace as soon as we go out of the station.
Ngong Ping 360 is a cable car line linking Tung Chung and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. Ngong Ping 360 is third cable car system in Hong Kong after Mount Parker Cable Car and Ocean Park Cable Car.
When Ngong Ping 360 upon completion, it is the largest cable car system in the world, a total length of 5.7 kilometers, the cable car needs to move around three curves in the whole process, the whole process takes about 25 minutes.
Ngong Ping 360’s ticket counter, ordinary cabin return fares is HK$125, crystal cabin return fares is HK$ 188, the main difference between ordinary cabin and crystal cabin: at the bottom of crystal cabin is fully transparent glass, an even better view is available, it might be especially stimulating to younger viewers. Crystal cabin is our first choice.
Ordinary cabin is spaced apart from crystal cabin, there is eight passengers in a cabin, people wait for a cabin of their own, everything is organized.
It feels good to run fast on the road and sea surface.
The green mountains and sea.
The bottom of crystal cabin is glass, I feel like hanging in the air.
Looking back, we come out so far, four Korean friends in the same cabin are all screaming and taking a self-pic.
Ngong Ping 360 is designed with double cable which can help cable car stay aloft and run smoothly, as distinct from Ocean Park Cable Car. Ngong Ping 360 cable car system has 8 umbilical towers, including 5 located in country parks. The distance between the umbilical towers is a bit far away, using the cabin to provide larger passenger capacity.
At that high altitude, we overlook the whole Lantau Island, natural scenery is out of comparison, we can see the urban district of Hong Kong island, Hong Kong Airport, Tian Tan Buddha at a glance.
Aerial view of Chek Lap Kok Airport.
As the cable car travels higher up, we see a lot of clouds in the front, a team of cable cars pass through the clouds.
After 25 minutes, we finally reach Ngong Ping Station on Lantau Island, we see Ngong Ping Village as we get out the station.
As we can see on this Ngong Ping guide map, there is the long Ngong Ping Village between Ngong Ping Station and Tian Tan Buddha.
Ngong Ping Village, it felt as if we has reached which country’s town.
There are variety of restaurants and craft shops in Ngong Ping marketplace.
The craft shop sells mostly Buddhistic-themed tourism souvenirs.
There are so many retro style small gadgets.
The loveable ice cream shop
Ice eggs, buy one get one free.
The decorations in the shop was warm and intimate — Maruko and her family.
The hand-made cloth dolls
The man-made bodhi tree attracts a lot of people to gather around. I don’t know why not plant a true tree in the ground.
Every body’s good wishes hanging on the bodhi tree
Here has wishing cards from all over the world.
The Heavenly Southern Gate
There are many cable car models from the world’s famous tourist attractions in the square opposite the Heavenly Southern Gate.
Before we come to Lantau Island, I have already heard about this renowned Stone-Mill Ground Tofu Pudding. When I see the shop signs “Shan Shui Tofu Pudding” along the street, I can’t wait to want to taste it.
We simply choose casually a shop, quite a few people, the shop looks pretty good.
The shop is small, but it has a variety of local snacks, including Tofu Pudding, Black-sesame paste, Curry Fish Ball etc.
A bowl of Tofu Pudding is priced at 9 HKD now.
All kinds of snacks
We order Tofu Pudding, Black-sesame paste, Braised beef brisket with radish, pigs skin in curry sauce, a total of 90 HKD.
There is a small road signs in the square below the giant Buddha, I see a direction indicator pointing to the general direction of the world’s famous tourist attractions. People feel more and more the world is a small global village.
Tian Tan Buddha is the world’s largest outdoor bronze statue of Buddha, at the front of Po Lin Monastery, located in Ngong Ping with an altitude of above 520 meters. This statue of Buddh sits down on the 268 step stairs, it is comprised of 202 copper strips, 26.4 meters high, but with lotus seat and the pedestal, the total height of Tian Tan Buddha is 33.999 meters, 249.999 tons total weight.
Giant Buddha is looming in the cloud.
Amitabha, please bless my family and friends to be health, happiness forever!
We arrive to the foot of the mountain, we have another look at giant Buddha.
Good-bye Ngong Ping 360, good-bye the beautiful Lantau Island.
I'm Yuning - I'm a back-packer. I'm passionate at Food, Travel, Photography. This blog is a place where I want to share my traveling experiences.
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