In our recent trip to Hong Kong, we didn’t have any preparations aside from booking our flight and accomodation for 3 nights. Everything else was completely unplanned. Good thing there’s Klook where we got to purchase our tickets to experience one of Hong Kong’s top tourist destinations — Ngong Ping 360. We bought them a day before the actual trip. How convenient does that sound?
WHAT TO EXPECT
If by now you’re still reading this, I’m guessing you’re interested to know more about Ngong Ping 360. I bet you’re starting to get excited! I felt the same way right after we bought the tickets online. The only difference between us is that — I didn’t have any research beforehand. I just happened to see that Big Buddha while browsing my social media newsfeed before and took a mental note to visit it when I get the chance to go to Hong Kong.
It’s good to have a first hand experience of things like this without any biases from those you read from the internet but it won’t do you any harm if you know what to expect so you won’t waste your time and money in case you don’t feel like going. But since you’re still with me, brace yourselves because I am about to convince you to really go and experience it. Are you ready?
NGONG PING CABLE CAR
One of the World’s Top 10 Best Cable Car Rides according to CNN and The Guardian— if that doesn’t sound appealing to you, stop reading now. But if it does, believe me. With breathtaking views, the ride was really fascinating! It was actually the best cable car ride I’ve had so far.
I’ve already experienced a cable car ride in Seoul, South Korea and in Hakone, Japan but let me tell you outright, my Ngong Ping Cable Car experience was a lot better!
It’s a 5.7 km cable car journey from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. For the record, that’s quite far. I’m just not sure where it stands among the longest cable car rides in the world. But I’m pretty sure it was long enough for you to take in what you see from the cabin as something to remember for the rest of your lives.
There are a total of 8 Towers connecting Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. In between the towers are scenic views that will either literally make your jaw drop or make the butterflies in your tummies fly endlessly around while you get excited with what you see around you. From Tower 2B on your way to Tower 3, you’d get to see the breathtaking view of Tung Chung Bay.
Aside from the Tung Chung Bay, you’d be stunned with the view of Lantau North and South Country Park as you look to your right and left side respectively.
And as you approach Tower 6, you’d get to have a magnificent view of the Big Buddha Statue from Nei Lak Shan Angle Station.
It took us about 30 minutes to traverse the length of the Ngong Ping Cable Car. I know my photos are not enough to convince you but I do hope they made you excited! Let me now take you to — Ngong Ping Village!
NGONG PING VILLAGE
As soon as we arrived in the Ngong Ping Cable Car Station, we were welcomed by the staff trying to sell a snow globe with our picture which they took earlier in Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. It was quite expensive so we decided not to buy it and continued walking. Since we brought our own camera, we just went around capturing moments — starting with the Ngong Ping sign! Picture perfect! Tee-hee!
Ngong Ping Village is actually not the one I thought it was. The first time I heard Ngong Ping Village, I was thinking of a neighborhood where people actually live but this was not the case for Ngong Ping.
It’s a plaza where you’d find restaurants from Western to Asian cuisines.
The main alley on the way to the Tian Tian Buddha are lined-up shops selling different kinds of souvenirs.
There’s also a small theatre where you can watch the following shows:
- “Stage 360” – live stuntmen show uncovering the secrets of the off-screen actions
- “Motion 360” – 5-D Lantau adventure ride
- “Walking with Buddha” – shows you the inspiring story of Siddhartha
We also came across a handful of cows around the village. At first I thought there’s a farm nearby but when I did my research later on, I found out that cows actually symbolizes holiness in Buddhism. Maybe that’s why they intentionally placed cows around the village? I don’t know why but I somehow felt like that’s the reason! Don’t you think so too?
Striding by the length of Ngong Ping Village would be a good head start for you before reaching the jump-off point to the Big Buddha.
TIAN TAN BUDDHA
The Tian Tan Buddha is definitely huge. I guess that’s why it was often referred to as the Big Buddha. Its height is staggering 34 m high — that’s roughly 112 ft!
Erected since 1993, you’d notice discoloration on its surface. But its impact, when I finally saw it with my own eyes, was jaw-dropping. You know that feeling when you finally see something that you once just dreamt of seeing in real life? That’s how I would like to describe it.
I’ve also read that the Buddha is facing north. This indicates that it is protecting its people by overseeing it from that position. I just love how some things turn out to have an interesting story or meaning behind the extravagance you see physically.
The top can be reached by going up the 268 steps from the jump-off point. We took photos along the way just so we can take mini breaks and when we finally reached the top, I felt many intertwined emotions.
The view from above was surprisingly spectacular! I felt like I just climbed a mountain!
PO LIN MONASTERY
Another view you can see from the Tian Tian Buddha is the Po Lin Monastery.
Of course we wouldn’t let the scenic view pass without a good portrait shot!
The Po Lin Monastery was actually already in Ngong Ping since 1906. But it only gained attention when the Big Buddha was built.
The Tian Tian Buddha was just an extension of the monastery but it looked like it was the main attraction.
Nevertheless, both are worth your time. So I hope through this, I was able to help you discern whether to go or not to go. And like I said, I would really try to convince you to go. So, you definitely should! Okay?
DISCOUNT TICKETS FROM KLOOK
Now if you’ve already decided to go, don’t forget to book discounted tickets from Klook. Here are the available packages they have for your Ngong Ping 360 experience.
- Ngong Ping 360 – Standard Cabin
- Ngong Ping 360 – Crystal Cabin
- 360 Fun Pass Attraction Package
- 360 Lantau Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass
Booking with Klookallows you to skip the long lines of walk-in visitors.
WHERE TO EAT
Now if you’d ask me where to eat in particular, I could only recommend Matsuzaka Express because that’s the only restaurant we tried in Ngong Ping! Haha!
I liked their curry-something with rice rolled inside a scrambled egg. TJ ordered a chicken teriyaki ramen and he liked it too. I just feel the need to subtract 1 point less than perfect because they don’t have service water! Eh kuripot kami! Haha!
HOW TO GET THERE
🚈 Via MTR
Go to Tung Chung Station, Exit B. Walk for about 5 minutes to Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal where you’ll start your Ngong Ping Cable Car Journey which will take you about 25-30 minutes to reach Ngong Ping Village.
Thank you for reading.
I hope I convinced you to experience Ngong Ping 360 on your next visit to Hong Kong!
P.S. Leave no trace but memories.