Hong Kong … Lantau Island – Ngong Ping Village … Big Buddha & Cable Cars …

So on our second full day in Hong Kong we decided to get out of the city for the day … we got up in the morning and after breakfast made our way down to the Hong Kong MTR station to catch the train to Tung Chung station on Lantau Island … Most people think of Hong Kong as one island but its actually made up of several island … the most well known one being Hong Kong island itself … Lantau island is in fact the largest of the islands but most of it consists of mountainous terrain …

Lantau was traditionally home to fishing villages … but over the recent years its been developed and is now also home to Tung Chung (New Town) … Hong Kong Airport and Hong Kong Disney Land … as well as the Ngong Ping Village

We went to visit Ngong Ping village and having done my research beforehand we decided to book our tickets before we went … we didn’t know which day we would want to do this on our trip before we left for Hong Kong so we waited until we got here and booked it the night before and printed off the confirmation at the hotel …

There is a cable car that takes you from Tung Chung to the Ngong Ping village and there are a number of Ticketing options available … we originally opted for the 360 SKY-SEA-LAND PASS in a standard cabin … once we got to Tung Chung the first queue we came across was atleast over a mile long … it was crazy … we skipped all of that thankfully because we had pre-booked our tickets online … we waited in a shorted queue for about 10-15mins to pick up our tickets before joining another long queue to actually board the cable cars …

_MG_4989-1After waiting in this queue for over 20mins and barely having moved Perry went to see if we could upgrade our tickets to the Crystal Cabins for an extra $80 HKD each (AED 40 or USD 10) it meant we got to jump into a much shorter queue … it moved faster and we got to ride the Crystal Cabins … these were the same as the standard cabins expect they had a clear bottom so you could see through the cabin below you …

_MG_5017-1 _MG_5049-1Basically the moral of this story is … if your going to Hong Kong at a busy time (or any time really) and plan on going to Lantau … book in advance and book the crystal cabins for the shortest queuing time on the day … unless you like to queue in which case forget it …

_MG_5046-1 _MG_5042-1 _MG_5031-1 _MG_4995-1We had some really pretty views on our way over …

_MG_5005-1 _MG_4991-1 _MG_5059-1There is actually a trail that runs the full length of the Cable Car route … it looks like way too many stairs for me to even think about it …

_MG_5066-1_MG_5069-1We had some really great views of the airport too as we went over the mountains …

_MG_5052-1 _MG_5068-1 _MG_5113-1 _MG_5097-1The Big Buddha up on the mountain in the distance … this is near the Ngong Ping Village we were headed too …

_MG_5122-1 _MG_5076-1 _MG_5075-1By the time we actually made it to the village itself we were both quite hungry … so we stopped for some lunch at a busy Noodle House … before we headed off to explore the village …

_MG_5128-1 _MG_5132-1 _MG_5134-1 _MG_5142-1 _MG_5147-1 _MG_5155-1Part of the ticket we got included a bus pass so we could catch the bus to one of the fishing villages on the coast of the island … Tai O … we decided to head over there sooner rather than later as the buses only ran once an hour or so … I’ll cover what we got up to there in a different post … but when we eventually got back to the Ngong Ping Village in the late afternoon we headed to the other end of the village towards the Monastery and Big Buddha …

_MG_5342-1 _MG_5350-1It looks like we were pretty far from home …

_MG_5345-1 _MG_5347-1 _MG_5361-1 _MG_5340-1This little baby was just adorable …

_MG_5375-1 _MG_5389-1 _MG_5380-1The Big Buddha looked really impressive at the top of that mountain … but one look at the sheer number of steps and Perry and I decided our legs wouldn’t make it …

_MG_5384-1We went for a little walk around the Monastery instead …

_MG_5414-1 _MG_5390-1They sold incense in all different sizes for those who wanted to light them … some were absolutely massive … I asked Perry to stand next to some of the largest ones for scale so you can see what I mean …

_MG_5409-1 _MG_5397-1By this time it was getting close to 5pm and we were both getting quite tired … we headed back to where we needed to catch the cable cars down only to find there was a massive queue already forming … we soon realised the really big queue was for the standard cabins (another reason to go for the Crystal Cabins) … that queue was over 2hrs long according the signs … we joined our queue which wasn’t exactly short with a 45mins wait time when we joined it …

By the time we got back to Tung Chung and caught the MTR back to Hong Kong Island we were both really quite hungry … we had come out of the MTR in the IFC Mall … we ended up wandering around the mall for a while trying to figure out what to do for dinner when we came across an Apple store … so 15mins and a quick browse on the Trip Advisor and Time Out websites we settled on a restaurant in the mall for dinner …

Even though we had to wait 30mins for a table … (Seriously it felt like all we did that day was stand around in queues half the time) … but it was worth it … the food was pretty good and the jasmine tea was really good too …

We caught the tram back to the Hotel absolutely knackered … but really happy we’d had such a good day …

That is it for this post … stay tuned to find out what happened when we went to Tai O in the next post …

Till next time …

Mina X

Oh and if you missed it you can follow the links to see what we got up to on our first day in Hong Kong in PART 1 and PART 2 … as well as the day we went to see the PANDAS! 

5 thoughts on “Hong Kong … Lantau Island – Ngong Ping Village … Big Buddha & Cable Cars …

  1. What a lovely sunny day and beautiful pictures. Shame you couldn’t go to the Buddha! The incense looked like fireworks! I wonder how long it takes to burn off :). Very nice post. X

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