Ngong Ping 360 – Hong Kong Diary 1

Lantau Island is one of the biggest island of Hong Kong and lies at the mouth of Pearl River. Till late 1990, it was a sleepy fishing village till construction of Lantau Link to main Hong Kong Island started. This was followed by the International Airport in 1998 and Disneyland in 2005.

In 2006, on the western side of the island where Po Lin Monastery is situated, development of a major tourist attraction, the cable car started. This was a ideal spot as there is a 34 m tall Buddha statute, looking North over the Chinese people. This can only be reached by a long stairway.

From Tung Chung Bay, a cable car started to this point, which is now known as Ngong Ping 360, as it provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding Tung Chung bay, the International Airport , the Hong Kong-Zhuai-Maccu Bridge, Ngong Ping Plateau and the Big Buddha.

The main escalator to the cable car platform.

 

The beautiful journey of 5.7 kms in the cable car starts from downtown Tung Chung and take 25 minutes to reach the traditional cultural Chinese themed Village Ngong Ping. As you alight and start walking, you first encounter a beautiful Tea House followed by various restaurants and souvenir shops.

360 degree view from the cable car. Breathtaking view of the Tung Chung bay from Tower 2B.
360 degree view from the cable car.
360 degree view from the cable car.
360 degree view from the cable car.
360 degree view from the cable car.
360 degree view from the cable car. Hong Kong International Airport. You can see a take off.
The beautiful tea house, Li Nong.
A beautiful tea pot outside Li Nong Tea House

These are then followed by the multimedia attractions, Walking with the Buddha, VR360, Stage360 and Motion360. Then you walk into a big gate which leads to the stairway to the Big Buddha on your right followed by the Po Lin Monastery further on your left.

I will talk about it in my next blog.

360 degree view from the cable car.
360 degree view from the cable car.
360 degree view from the cable car.
The Big Budhha.
The big gate before you enter the monastery and the Big Buddha.

 

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rdmathur

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