Ngong Ping, located at the western part of Lantau Island is one of the highlights of my Hong Kong trip. Lantau Island is famous for its lush valleys, soaring mountains and spiritual enlightenment. I head out early to purchase the Standard and Crystal Cabin cable car round trip at Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Terminal.
|Ngong Ping Cable Car Experience||Round Trip||Single Trip|
|Standard & Crystal Cabin Round Trip||HK$230||HK$150||HK$180|
To avoid long queues, you may wish to purchase your tickets online. Advanced booking can be made up to 14 days prior to visits.
The 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung offers 360 view of greenery and complexes of high-rise buildings.
Not for those who afraid of heights, the Crystal Cabin glass bottom offers an astonishing bird’s eye view of the deep sea and lush green mountainside underneath your feet.
Catch the airplane take off from the Hong Kong Airport
The sight of Big Buddha from afar.
Ngong Ping Cable Car is a spectacular 5.7km bi-cable ropeway linking Tung Chung and Ngong Ping.
Once you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village. This village has been designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. Dining and retail spaces can be found in this area.
As you walk further in, the renowned Big Buddha can be clearly seen from here. The planning of the Big Buddha started in 1976. Constructed by the China Aeronautic Department, the works were completed in 1993. It was named one of the “Ten Engineering Wonders in Hong Kong” and was awarded the “Merit of Unique Artistic Features” by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in 2000. Since its opening in 1993, it has consistently ranked as a top Lantau tourist spot.
Tian Tan Buddha or famously known as Big Buddha is 34 metres tall and weighs 250 tons. The right hand of the Buddha is held up as a “Fear-Not mudra” – a manifestation of the great vow to eliminate suffering from all sentient beings. The left hand is placed on the Buddha’s thigh with his palm facing out and fingers slightly pointing downwards. This is known as the “Wish-Granting mudra”, signifying the compassionate vow to grant happiness to all men. The Dharma cakra in the palm represents the everlasting turning of the Wheel of Dharma and the dissemination of the Dharma to every corner of the world.
Entrance of Tian Tan Buddha
Visitors will have to climb a flight of 268 steps leading to bronze Buddha
There is no entrance fee to visit the statue. However, if you wish to visit the exhibition hall, you will require a ticket for a small token.
The Offering of the Six Devas statues, posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha.
Citygate Outlet is located at Tung Chung, just beside the Ngong Ping Cable Car station
Getting to Cable Car Station: Alight at MTR Tung Chung Station, Exit B and walk to Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal
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