Lantau Island and the Ngongping 360 Cable Car


After experiencing the Peak Tram, we took the MTR from Central Terminal and we arrived at Tungchung Station past 1pm. From there we purchased our tickets for the Ngongping 360 Cable Car ride. The queue was long, and we waited for like more than an hour. Yes, it was! 

The cable car ride will take us to Lantau Island in New Territories, one of the famous tourist attraction in Hongkong. And there's just two things that I was longing to see, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue and the Po Lin Monastery which never happened (find out why).

The cable car ride is longer compared to the one we had at Sentosa, Singapore. It is a 5.7 km cable car journey, travelling between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping in Lantau Island. Whilst enjoying the ride we had the vistas of Hongkong International Airport, South China Sea and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue as well as the terrains of Lantau Island.

The view of Hongkong International Airport 

Ngongping Village and Tian Tan Buddha from afar 

Finally after the 30-minute cable car ride we reached the Ngongping Village and we're greeted by lots of bubbles squirted by bubble machines everywhere.

The Ngongping Village was a 1.5 hectare re-creation of a Chinese Village that is home to the Po Lin Monastery and the famous Tian Tan Buddha Statue. The place is crowded during our visit with lots of tourists who come and go. There are carnival magic shows on stage and there are restaurants and food tents along the walkway.

The cold climate comforted me and made me a real eager beaver to explore the place. Good thing we were able to bring along our tripod and so we had our photos together while walking around.

We've been approaching the walkway going through the Giant Buddha and just as my excitement mounted up we suddenly slowed down and my plans didn't fall through. Blame it to the husband who's been dog-tired and seemed like running on fumes after the long walks and the exasperating queues we've experienced earlier. But I never wanted to pursue the climb all by myself either, so being the submissive wife, I agreed! 

"The Big Buddha on Lantau Island is the biggest sitting Buddha statue built outdoor. This majestic statue sits atop the peak of Mount Muk Yue. Po Lin Monastery has taken 12 years to plan and build this bronze Buddha statue that symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China and peace on earth."

Me being fervent in spirit to make the most out of every trip, regret the decision and felt a bit sad afterwards. But as a consolation, the husband told me that we should take more photos around because the view was nice then we'll proceed to the cable car station to get back to Tung Chung earlier, have a rest at the hotel and we'll be shopping at Tsim Sha Tsui at night. I guess that was fair enough!

Taking it positively, the husband idea is quite good, because when he headed back to the cable car station the queue going back was really very very long! It was twice the experience we had earlier going to the village. Well then, it pays to be submissive anyhooo!

Again, going back to Tung Chung Station riding the cable car, we were offered the majestic view of the golden sun while it sets and the whole of Hongkong Island. What better way to call it a day!

Nevertheless, it was another trip worth sharing. Oftentimes, they say that "Its not the destination, but the journey that counts", but let me add to it the person you share it with. Along every journey, we will be confronted with so many situations and things don't always go our way. We can choose to focus on how and why it didn't go the way we planned or we can see it in a different perspective by allowing the positive vibes to come our way. 

Either way, it's always a blessing to have someone beside you every moment of your journey. That one special person who'll help you find your ultimate destination, making it light and easy. The memories we've created may be far from perfect but they are priceless treasures that we will cherish forever. 

"In our journey, it is you and me together that matters in the end..."

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