Review of the Ngong Ping Cable Car Hong Kong

The Ngong Ping cable car shrouded in haze that takes tourists to the Great Buddha and the Polin Monastery on Lantau Island Hong Kong.
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Ngong Ping Cable Car is one of Hong Kong’s premier attraction. It offers breathtaking views over the thick green peaks of Lantau Island and the shining South China Sea. The custom built Ngong Ping village at the end of the cable car ride is less impressive, more a collection of tacky shops, but you can also visit the amazing 110ft Tian Tan Giant Buddha, which is one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world.

The Ngong Ping Cable Car

The Ngong Ping is a gondola cable car that travels 5.7km between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island. The journey takes around 25 minutes. The cable car offers outstanding views over the lush jungle-like interior of Lantau as well as the glimmering South China Sea. The views really are stunning. It's a unique opportunity to grab a bird's eye view of Hong Kong’s often overlooked green outdoors. The gondola cars are almost all glass, so you can get a 360-degree panoramic view.

Less impressive is the Ngong Ping village. This is more a cynical attempt to part visitors from their cash than anything else. It’s supposed to be a cultural themed village, with a tea house, theater, but is mostly just a collection of shops, although the street entertainers are a hit with the kids. They also hold regular events based on Hong Kong's busy festival schedule. 

But ignore the village and you’ll find one of Hong Kong’s most impressive attractions. The Tian Tan Buddha stands at a towering 110ft and weighs in at over 200 tons. This makes it one of the biggest Buddha statues in the world, and it draws pilgrims from across Asia. You can climb the 268 steps right up to the feet of the bronze god.

The statue is part of the wider Po Lin Monastery complex where you can wander the gardens and join the robed monks in their vegetarian canteen. If you want to find out more about Buddhism you can join the Walking with Buddha multimedia attraction back at Ngong Ping village. The 20 minutes collection of videos and interactive displays will walk you through the story of Siddhartha Gautama on his journey to become Buddha. 

From the peak, there is also a selection of walking trails that let you explore the verdant countryside. From the Tian Tan Buddha, it's only a short walk to join the fantastic Lantau Trail which weaves its way amongst the peaks. 

Ngong Ping Cost

A round trip on the cable car costs HK$185 and HK$95 for children up to 11. A package deal, which includes entrance to the attractions at the Ngong Ping Village costs HK$230 and HK$153 respectively. Entrance to the Tian Tan Buddha is free. 

The cable car will be suspended during typhoons or heavy winds. If it's a bit blowy outside, check the website before setting off. 

How to Get to the Ngong Ping Cable Car

The best way to get to the Ngong Ping Cable Car is by MTR. You can find out more about transportation options here.

If you just want to visit the Tian Tan Budda, you can also use local bus from Tung Chung. This will cost far less than the cable car.