On Day 2 of our trip, we visited Ngong Ping 360 – one of Hong Kong’s must see attractions in Lantau Island. We took a taxi from Tung Chung and it cost us HK$160 (~SGD26) for a 40 minutes ride.
People often say that no trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a visit to the Giant Buddha. Being a Buddhist, this place has been highlighted as a “must-go” in our itinerary. As soon as we stepped out of the taxi, we saw the majestic figure of the seated Giant Buddha.
Ngong Ping Village is our first destination. This amazing cultural themed village has been architecturally designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. There is a wishing shrine and a few souvenir shops here.
From Ngong Ping Village, it was another ten minutes walk to the Giant Buddha. To reach the platform where the Giant Buddha is seated, visitors have to walk up a flight of stairs with 268 steps!
Imagine me, hubby and our 15kg boy. Do you think we managed to climb up?
The answer is YES! We did it!
Our Little Edison refused to walk. I carried him up initially but I gave up after 1/3 of the journey. V carried him and went all the way up to the Giant Buddha!
The Giant Buddha appears serene and dignified. His right hand is raised to deliver a blessing to all and his left hand rests on his lap. After admiring this massive statue, we went down for a vegetarian lunch followed by praying at the Po Lin Monastery.
We left the place via cable car. Ngong Ping Cable Car is a visually spectacular 5.7km bi-cable ropeway. The cable car connects Tung Chung, crossing Tung Chung Bay to reach the angle station on Airport Island and turning about 60 degrees in the air towards North Lantau.
It was a delightful 25-minute ride although it was quite scary at the beginning. The panaromic view gradually changed from the serene and natural surrounds that Lantau Island is famed for to the hustle and bustle of the city as we reached Tung Chung.
If you’re daring, you can even try the Crystal Cabin that is equipped with a glass bottom!
By the time we reached Tung Chung, it was dinner time. We had our dinner at Citygate Outlets, followed by shopping! Citygate Outlets is the home to more than 80 international brands offering yearly discount of at least 30% to 70% on designer fashion, sports, beauty, accessories, children’s wear and home items. We bought two pairs of Crocs shoes for Little Edison for less than SG$50!