The Ngong Ping Village will remain open and you can still reach the Big Buddha by Bus 23 from Tung Chung or Bus 2 from Mui Wo. Lantau Tours are still being conducted and replacing the Cable Car portion with coach service.
The Ngong Ping 360 as the cable car is also known, is of course, an attraction in itself, providing some of the most beautiful views of Lantau Island and beyond as far as the South China Sea.
So even though you can get to the Ngong Ping plateau using other methods, i.e. bus, taxi, the recommended way to get to the Big Buddha is with the Cable Car.
Check it out:
The 20-minute ride will take you over some of the island's most beautiful scenery. There are spectacular views of the valleys and greenery of the Lantau Country Park, the reservoirs and the sea, the Chek Lap Kok Airport and the complexes of high-rise buildings just going up in Tung Chung.
Pictures from our Ngong Ping Cable Car ride:
Leaving the Tung Chung Lower Terminal
Quite a sight as you leave the buildings behind...
And you float over the seas...
...Approaching the greenery of the peaks and valleys...
Catch a glimpse of Chek Lap Kok Airport...
And continue on over the hills and mountains...
There is also a foot path back to Tung Chung
Around the Bend is the First View of Big Buddha
And there it is... Tian Tan, the Hong Kong Big Buddha in all its glory
Approaching the Ngong Ping Village Terminal
As if the rides and views are not spectacular on their own, Ngong Ping 360 added an "enhanced" experience with the Crystal Cabins which went first into operation in 2009.
The Crystal Cabin, as the name suggests, has a transparent three-layer 5cm glass floor, and it is just simply cool. If you're afraid of heights it might not be your thing, but otherwise, it really is an awesome feeling, and for the kids, it was the highlight of the ride.
Here are some images, check it out:
Glass Bottom Floor of the Crystal Cabin
The Crystal Cabin adds another dimmension to the 360 experience
Waterfalls seen through the Crystal Cabin
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
The tour lasts approximately 8 hours with pick up points at several Hong Kong and Kowloon hotels.
Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong. This day trip to Lantau Island will take you to some of Hong Kong's pristine beaches, traditional fishing vilages, lush valleys, soaring mountains and spiritual enlightenment.
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