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“Excellent daytrip attraction, must see!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ngong Ping Village (Ngong Ping 360)

Ngong Ping Village (Ngong Ping 360)
11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China
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Ranked #19 of 392 Attractions in Hong Kong
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Trams, Lookouts, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Ngong Ping 360 is a dynamic new tourism experience, which combines a stunning 5.7km cable car journey with an impressive cultural themed village and easy access to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, the world's largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Buddha statue.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
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“Excellent daytrip attraction, must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

My friend and I recently visited Hong Kong and on our first day we got the Ngong Ping Skyrail over to Lantau Island to see the huge bronze seated Buddha. The cable car is an experience in itself, highly recommended. You travel 5.7km across Tung Chung Bay (great views of HK International Airport) to Lantau Island, and over hilly tree-covered parkland to the small tourist village of Ngong Ping. It is very commercial but charmingly so and well-maintained. There is a variety of shops selling promotional items of good quality, also cheaper stalls, plus a picturesque tea house and a variety of food outlets, incl Starbucks. It is a short walk from the village to the gateway entrance that leads to the Buddha statue and also the Po Lin Monastery. The day we visited, it was very warm and there were a lot of visitors, it is a popular tourist attraction for locals and foreigners. Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and light clothing are essential if you are visiting in warmer months as you do a lot of walking. A light backpack is also useful for purchases. The gateway entrance and warrior statue promenade is a great photo opp. It is then a short walk to the many stone steps leading up to the base of the huge bronze Buddha statue, which looms over everything and is easily spotted in the distance as you approach Ngong Ping village by cable car. You need to be moderately fit to climb the steps to the Buddha, or else be prepared for numerous stops to rest as you ascend! It is worth the climb as once you reach the statue's base, you have great views of everything below. It does get busy though with so many people visiting this attraction, it is near impossible to take a photo without other people appearing in it! Admittance to both Ngong Ping Village and the Big Buddha are free, once you have paid to travel over by cable car. According to my HK Lonely Planet book, this attraction is open 10am-5.30pm and I would recommend getting there early rather than later to avoid queues and crowds. I would allow a full day as you have to travel by train to the cable car terminus at Tung Chung, queue for a cable car (recommend buy tix online), then travel 5.7km (25 mins) by cable car to Ngong Ping Village. Allow 30-60 mins to wander the village, a further 1-2hrs to visit the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery (incl vegetarian restaurants), a second look through the village on your way back (food/drinks/souvenirs), before returning by cable car, then train. When buying tix at the cable car terminus, we purchased 'cable car only' tix - there are many package deals to choose from too, that I found confusing. You also have the option of buying tix for Crystal Cabin cable cars (glass-bottomed) if you like the idea of a see-through floor!

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“A Little Village near a Giant Buddha”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We travelled from Kowloon to Ngong Ping in a relaxed way and definitely better than the railway which although quick can be crowded and the way we went to Ngong Ping avoided crowds and queues.
We travelled on the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong and from Pier 6 and the fast ferry to Silvermine Bay (Mui Wo) - about 30 mins. Disembarked at Silvermine Bay and caught the number 2 bus to Ngong Ping through picturesque hilly countryside to Ngong Ping.(40 mins) We climbed the multitude of steps to the Giant Buddha - not recommended for those with heart complaints. The summit is about 500 m above sea level. We also visited the Po Lin monastery with its ornate temples although one must respect the fact that it is a working religious site and people go there to pray.
We then went to the little village which seems a bit ersatz and seems to have been built around the giant Buddha and the cable car railway. But we walked through and caught the cable car to the Citygate Shopping Mall where we took the train back to Kowloon. The whole excursion was peaceful and relaxing. We avoided crowds which are huge in weekends and public holidays, and the boat ride is a relaxing way to start what was an interesting afternoon.

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“Crystal Cabin, Buddha viewing and hiking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

Definitely get to Ngong Ping 360 early or buy your tickets online if you can. Long long lines to buy tickets but we found the crystal cabin definitely worth the money for the great views with the glass bottom! No need to buy any package tickets if you are just going to see the Buddha.

Lots of food options at the top. If you like street food, hold off on buying anything until you get near the Buddha as there are more local cheaper options there. Definitely climb the stairs to get a closer look at the Buddha and enjoy the views!

For those who like to hike, there are two trails near the cable car entrance that take you under the cable car lines. If we were to do this again we'd hike in one direction--we could see the trail all the way to the water. The path is Chinese-hiking and totally paved but very quiet, (no crowds), lots of ups and downs with great views. Should be in good shape to do this.

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“Need a second Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Buying the tickets was confusing as there was a kiosk for the buses near the entrance but you had to queue just before that. Different prices depending what you want to do, we chose the see through bottom (crystal) cable car with the monkey and buddha show. On the way back got a good view of the fisherman below from the glass floor, other than this not sure whether worth the extra money. The Buddha show was interesting, but the monkey tale a total waste of time, a bit of a cartoon with a couple of effects, I wouldn't bother. The souvenir shops at the village varied and there was a great one with prices cheaper than the night markets. Would have bought more here if I had known. The big buddha worth a photo. If i went here again I would probably get the all inclusive ticket to see everything, but we were on a tight schedule so just did the cable car to the village. The ride was good and did not queue long for the tickets. I still rate the Peak Tram as the better attraction of the two, but I would do Ngong Ping again but all inclusive and would definitely not bother with the monkey tale!

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“Best attraction in Hong Kong - do it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We almost didn't make it as we were having so much fun in Hong Kong. But since I had already purchased the tickets online, we decided to go. SO glad we did - it was one of the highlights of our trip!

It's VERY easy to get to by subway, takes appx 30 minutes from Kowloon. A short walk from the subway to the cable cars and there are signs everywhere, so it's impossible to get lost. THANK GOD we had tickets, the line up was RIDICULOUS!!! We walked right to the front of the line, then a short 10 minute wait for the cable car itself. Do yourself a huge favor and buy the tickets in advance (go to their website).

The ride is long, appx 25 minutes. We had glass bottom there which was cool. The views are breath taking. Once there it's a short walk to the Buddha, but then you have to pay to climb the stairs up to the top. Why pay?? It was so hot that day we decided not too, we just took some great pics from the bottom.

Be sure to pick a clear day or you won't get much out of this.

Visited September 2012
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