Ngong Ping + Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island (Day 3)

After breakfast at the Australia Dairy Company, we set out for Lantau Island to visit the famous Big Buddha statue. The MTR ride is quite long this time (Tung Chung line) but we were able to enjoy the beautiful beaches and the greener side of Hong Kong.

Outside the Tung Chung station is the Citygate Outlets department store. Because we were travelling with my cantankerous and volatile sister-in-law, we did not get a chance to visit it at all. Mental note to self for the future – travel alone, travel light and travel with high preparation but near zero expectations. 

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This is the way to the Ngong Ping Cable Car station.

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There are two ways to visit the Big Buddha site – by cable car or by bus. Just look at the long bus queues though. 

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I’m not saying that the cable car queue did not test our patience as well. We came on a Monday, but it turns out that it was actually a public holiday for the Chung Yeung festival.

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Purchase your tickets here. But be prepared to wait for at least 20 minutes on the line if it is a public holiday.

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Waiting to board the cable car.

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Keep in mind that the cable cars are constantly moving even as you are boarding, so you’d need to make sure that children and elderly adults are given support accordingly.

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This is a very steep ascent on the cable car ride, but which afforded a very breathtaking view of the station and the bay.

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For the physically fit, there are numerous trails leading to the Ngong Ping village as well. Along the way, you could see some graves of people who are buried on the hills as well.

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The moment you arrive at the summit station, there would be some promoters showing you the photo which you’ve taken at the home station. For a fee of HK$100, you could purchase a picture of you and your family.

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This is the tranquil commercial area at the end of your cable car ride – the weather was pleasantly cool but not overly so.

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Subway at Ngong Ping Village

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Some of the cable cars on display. The others are poorly maintained (i.e. scratches all over), and I did not take pictures of them.

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To ascend to the top, you’d need to climb 240 steps. It’s a pretty good workout.

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A cosmopolitan spot.

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We had vegetarian lunch at the Po Lin Monastery but since ours is a premium table, we were not allowed to take pictures inside.

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It started to rain while we were travelling back to the cable car summit station. The place is beautiful and the fresh air was reinvigorating. Do not miss the chance to visit this place when you’re in Hong Kong.

 

 

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