Ngong Ping 360 Adventure

September 21, 2014

I bought our tickets to Ngong Ping 360 online to avoid the lines. Ngong Ping 360 is located in Lantau Island; this place boasts cable cars, Ngong Ping Village, and the Big Buddha among others. We bought the Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass for HKD 285, this includes the cable car rides, unlimited bus rides and Tai-O-Boat trip.

We took the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui station to Tung Chung. We went to the ticketing office, and exchange the e-tickets to get our passes. Good thing they have special lane for that. After getting our tickets, we went to the nearby Citygate Outlets for a quick breakfast. We purchased the roundtrip cable car rides, one standard and the crystal cabin.
The adventure starts here.
We took the standard cable car going to Lantau Island. From Tung Chung, the cable car brought us to the Ngong Ping Village. The Ngong Ping Village is a 1.5 hectare site, and constructed to reflect the culture in the Ngong Ping area.
cable cars, yihee!
When we reached the village, we immediately saw the Big Buddha. But who could miss it? :P
a bit of walk going to the Big Buddha
There are lots of interesting stuff at the Ngong Ping Village. We saw the Bodhi Wishing Shrine, anyone can write a wish on a card, and then place it on the shrine. I did not wish for anything, my life is perfect already. Jk.
Make a wish!
We also found the internationally-sourced cable cars. This is the one from France. There are other cable cars, aside from this one from France. These cable cars are part of the International Cable Car Exhibition Gallery.
France-sourced cable car
We walked toward the Big Buddha, also known as Tian Tan Buddha. According to Wikipedia, the buddha is a symbol of the existing harmonious relationship between man and nature, and people and religion.
Big Buddha
This was the almost there smile I had. :P We had to climb 268 steps in order to reach the top. Gosh, every single thing requires hard work. Hehe. Remember that I climbed 272 steps at the Batu Caves? Oh, my Buddha!
almost there, baby
We found the six bronze statues at the foot of the Big Buddha. These are the "Offering of the Six Devas" and each of the offerings symbolises charity, patience, zeal, morality, meditation and wisdom.
one of the six devas
And then finally, I was this close to the Big Buddha. 
Oh, my Buddha!
We stayed for a while to rest, because it would be another 268 steps for us. Huhu. But the view is magnificent at the top.
We headed at the Po Lin Monastery, which was under renovation at that time. I went inside, said my prayers, and then left. 

the Po Lin Monastery
We've decided to visit the Tai O village, but went to Starbucks to cool down first after checking the bus schedule. The Tai O is a fishing community. 
Tai O village
There were Filipinos seating behind us, and we asked them to take our picture. They obliged. Hehe.
with Jelai
We went to search for the pink dolphins. We were lucky that day indeed. I caught them on video, so here's the video, you'd enjoy how we'd scream waiting for the appearance of the dolphins. Hahahahahaha!
We found the Tai O Rural Committee Historic and Cultural Showroom, decided to explore it a bit. 
at the showroom
more finds at the showroom
We left, and caught the next bus going back to the Ngong Ping Village. We waited for our turn in the crystal cabin. The crystal cabin cable car has glass bottom that enables one to see the lush mountainside.

This was the second time I rode a cable car, the first was in Genting. Before Genting, the cable car ride is one thing I'd love to do. The crystal cabin cable car ride was one helluva of experience. :P Don't dare miss this, okay? Obvious naman na naaliw ako, di ba? :P

*Photo credits: Tsina and Jelai

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