If you're visiting HK for the first time, the Ngong Ping cable car ride is an excellent way of seeing the city from high above and understanding how Hong Kong is laid out (from Kowloon to HK Island). Without sounding like I'm stating the obvious, but try to go on a clear day. Otherwise, the fog can dampen the whole experience--no pun intended.
In spite of the cloudy weather and since I didn't have much time, I still opted to check out the cable car ride. We arrived at 4:30 pm so didn't have to wait in any queue. The agent did advise, however, that Big Buddha closed at 5:30 pm and the last ride would be at 6 pm. Again, we still decided to proceed due to our time constraints.
One positive thing about going late in the afternoon is that we were in our own cable car. As such, we stood up whenever we wanted, took in the views and didn't have to worry about other passengers. After we reached the 2nd tower, though, fog set in and we only had a few feet of visibility. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the peaceful chug towards Ngong Ping Village.
Once there, we hightailed it to the Big Buddha. We arrived around 5 pm and wanted to catch the Buddha before closing. It's hard to describe the scale of the Buddha, but you stand before it and just feel so small.....it was truly worth the effort to get there. By the time we finished our jaunt to the Buddha, we had to get back to the cable car to ensure we would be there before 6 pm.
On the way back, there were tiny souvenir shops, but I didn't really get to explore them. Guess there will have to be a next time.
We purchased a RT Standard Cabin ticket for HK$150. Not a bad price considering it's almost a 30 minute journey to Ngong Ping.
I definitely recommend this attraction to anyone visiting Hong Kong.
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