The Ngong Ping Cable Car

Ngong Ping Cable Car

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:

Ngong Ping Cable Car
Leaving the Tung Chung Lower Terminal

Ngong Ping Cable Car
Quite a sight as you leave the buildings behind...

Ngong Ping Cable Car
And you float over the seas...

Ngong Ping Cable Car
...Approaching the greenery of the peaks and valleys...

Ngong Ping Cable Car
Catch a glimpse of Chek Lap Kok Airport...

Ngong Ping Cable Car
And continue on over the hills and mountains...

Ngong Ping Cable Car
There is also a foot path back to Tung Chung

Ngong Ping Cable Car
Around the Bend is the First View of Big Buddha

Ngong Ping Cable Car
And there it is... Tian Tan, the Hong Kong Big Buddha in all its glory

Ngong Ping Cable Car
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:

Ngong Ping Cable Car Crystal Cabin
Glass Bottom Floor of the Crystal Cabin

Ngong Ping Cable Car Crystal Cabin
The Crystal Cabin adds another dimmension to the 360 experience

Ngong Ping Cable Car Crystal Cabin
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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