The Ngong Ping Cable Car in Lantau Island is "the" way to get to the Ngong Ping Village,
which is the home of some of Lantau's main attractions, Tian Tan the Big Buddha,
and the Po Lin Monastery.
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:
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ride
from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Village
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.
At the end of
the journey you catch a glimpse of Tian Tan, the Big Buddha
before descending into the terminal at the Ngong Ping Village.
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
Crystal Cabin or Regular Cabin?
As if the rides and views are not spectacular on their own, Ngong Ping 360 added an "enhanced" experience with the Crystal Cabins.
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.
Crystal Cabins cost a bit more but you besides the fantastic bottomless experience, you also get to go on a separate VIP line which might be worth the extra cost when the lines for the Standard Cabins are extremely long, mostly peak times and holidays.
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
Nearby Sights in Lantau Island
Don't miss any of the other nearby attractions in Lantau. These can all be done on a DIY day trip or a guided tour to the Island and will certainly cover most of Lantau Highlights:
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