Ngong Ping 360 in Lantau, Hong Kong
Duration : half to whole day
Bummers : acrophobia, thick fog
Ngong Ping 360 is your quickest way to go from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Village in North Lantau, with the bonus of majestic scenery from all sides (thus called 360). Ngong Ping 360 sports a 5.7 km two-way cable car ride that shows awesome scenery of the Lantau Island and Hong Kong Airport Island. On a normal day, without the thick fog, you can also see the Tian Tan Buddha Statue from afar by taking this 25-minute cable car ride as you reach the final terminal.
Ngong Ping 360 was closed for a while but with sheer luck, it was reopened during our stay so we decided to go on its reopening day. Unfortunately, it was too foggy when we took the cable car ride. I can remember that time during the ride that all we can see is the inside of the cable car. Outside the car is only fog.
At the end of the cable car ride, Ngong Ping Village can be found and is waiting to be unraveled. There are many stores where you can eat and shops where you can souvenirs from. I even saw a Starbucks at the Ngong Ping Village. Here is a directory so you won’t get lost.
A few meters from the entrance of Ngong Ping Village, the Bodhi Wishing Shrine can be found. According to legend, wishes made at the shrine under the Bodhi Tree will come true. The Bodhi Tree or Bo Tree is also known as the Tree of Awakening where Siddhartha meditated and found enlightenment, which led him to becoming Budhha. This is why when wishes are hung on the tree, blessings and happiness are delivered to the prayers made.
Ngong Ping Village occupies a 1.5 hectares of land in Lantau Island. It is a cultural-themed village that is specially-designed to show the cultural and spiritual practices of Ngong Ping. There are many attractions at Ngong Ping Village. These include the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, Po Lin Monastery, Monkey’s Tale Theatre, Wisdom Path, and Walking with the Buddha.
The Ngong Ping Piazza lies at the center of Ngong Ping Village. It leads to different attractions on different directions. The stairs to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue can be found here. Even the walkway to the Po Lin Monastery or to the Wisdom Path can be accessed through the Ngong Ping Piazza.
As I said before, it was too foggy that day so it was quite hard to see the Tan Tian Buddha Statue from afar.
Finding divination is a common Chinese custom. There are divinatory sticks that you can find at Ngong Ping Village.
Give it a try. Here’s how to do it.
Though the fog is so thick that day, I still enjoyed our visit at Ngong Ping 360. If you have more time, you can walk at the Wisdom Path or the Po Lin Monastery. This place is so serene that you can find peace and solitude while roaming around Ngong Ping Village.
If you are a thrill-seeker and you want the cable car ride to be more adventurous, take the Crystal Cabin Car at HK$ 155 or Php 880. The crystal cabin car is glass-bottomed. You get the picture.
By the way, if you have extreme acrophobia and you think you cannot handle taking the cable car ride, you can also ride a bus going to Ngong Ping Village. There are buses from Tung Chung that go straight to Ngong Ping Village. However, expect the usual 25-minute travel to be longer if you choose to take the bus.
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