About two years ago, my friends and I visited (invaded in style!) Ngong Ping on our last day in Hong Kong. It was a sweet week-long trip and my first time in a foreign country, so imagine my excitement and nervousness all at the same time!
Ngong Ping 360 as it’s popularly called, is an aerial tramway on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. It was previously called the Tung Chung Cable Car Project before acquiring its official brand name as Ngong Ping 360 in April 2005.
How to get there: Taking the MTR starting at Tsim Sha Tsui station, take the Tsuen Wan line and stop at Lai King station. From there, take the Tung Chung line and stop at Tung Chung station (it’s the last stop). Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car terminal is just a walking distance from the MTR station. Easy peasy. 😉
1. Experience Ngong Ping Crystal Cabin
Included in the World’s Top 10 Cable Car Ride, you wouldn’t want to miss riding Ngong Ping’s cable car while in Hong Kong. Nong Ping 360 however, is the only cable car in the world to offer two types of cabins: standard and crystal cabin (glass floor).
Crystal cabin offers a bird’s eye view while enjoying the scenic view of Lantau Island for about 25 minutes (one way). Really thankful for a friend who does her research beforehand, hi Cha! She booked our tickets online for the crystal cabin, a bit pricey than the standard one but we wouldn’t have it any other way! The aerial view of Lantau Island from mainland Hong Kong is literally THE BOMB! Click here for ticket prices.
2. Witness a free tea demonstration at Linong Tea House
Upon arrival, this tea house is hard to miss or is it just because I’m a tea fanatic? I got so caught up inside that I didn’t know my friends already left the place and I was left alone with a bunch of other tourists who got curious with their tea demonstration. LOL
Linong is one of the famous Tea Connoisseur to promote Chinese tea culture at Hong Kong so don’t miss their free Artistic Tea (artistic flower tea) demonstration with Chinese music. Oh I remember the feels and it also tastes as good as it looks!
3. Make a wish at the Bodhi Wishing Shrine
We skipped Walking with Buddha only because it has an entrance fee and went straight at the Bodhi Wishing Shrine instead. It is believed that whenever you make a wish at the Bodhi Wishing Shrine under the Bodhi Tree, your wish will come true.
The Bodhi Tree is the “Tree of Awakening”. It was under this tree where Siddhartha meditated on the meaning of life and attained Enlightenment and became Buddha. In this case, it’s where Ralexa seem to meditate under the Bodhi Tree for the sole purpose of taking the picture. Love you, Xa! ❤
4. Sightsee along Po Lin Monastery & all the way up to The Big Buddha
Po Lin Monastery is a world-renowned Buddhist establishment in Ngong Ping. We’re not buddhists and I didn’t even know the history of these attractions in Ngong Ping until now with a little bit of research. Tee-hee! As I can remember, we were really amazed with their prominent architectural structures and there were really buddhists paying tribute at the shrines.
That’s the Big Buddha right there. If you plan to go up, brace yourself for about 268 steps going up! On top, enjoy a 360 view of Lantau and South China Sea. I also took my OOTD shots here.
5. Trek your way to the Wisdom Path
Tourists can go on a land tour of enlightenment through this path. It’s a bit far from where the crowd is and you might think you’re lost but trust me, you’re on the right track. Besides, there’s only one way to go to the wisdom path and back.
And after a couple of minutes… Tah-dah! Though I don’t understand even a word on the calligraphic works on wood columns, I must say, the architecture of this place that’s one with nature is well-preserved. Just a fun fact, these wood columns are arranged in an infinity pattern. 😉
So this post sums up our half-day itinerary in Ngong Ping 360. It was fun and relaxed, the place had old Hong Kong vibes and we only ate street food while we were there because being a tourist spot, restaurants were pricey. Shall I go back? Maybe but not anytime soon. Have you visited Ngong Ping too? How was your experience?