Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hong Kong Day 6: Ngong Ping 360

Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Wed, 4 Mac 2014 

Today is our last day in Hong Kong. And our main agenda for today was Ngong Ping 360, one of my Hong Kong's "must see" attraction. Macam mana nak ke sini? same MTR route macam nak ke Disneyland using Tung Chung line tapi stop kat last station, MTR Tung Chung. Just like Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360 also located at Lantau Island. From our hotel, it took almost 1 hour jugalah nak sampai ke sini.

For this Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride, we have bought crystal cabin ticket, features a glass bottom floor. And we have bought the ticket earlier form our Hotel, which I think a bit cheaper compare if you buy on the spot. For this crystal cabin, we got HKD205 for return journey. Aku rasa better beli awal sebab nanti korang tak perlu queue nak beli ticket. But still, we have to show our ticket together with our passport at the counter. Tak tahulah kenapa kena tunjuk juga maybe sebab security reason perhaps or maybe procedure for the foreigner. So, please bring your passport along with you.

Do visit the website to check on the schedule serving days because the Cable Car Service is closed during scheduled maintenance. Sometime, it may closed up to 1 week for maintenance. But, the themed Village remains open as normal. So, please check before you buy a ticket, so, takdelah sia-sia kedatangan korang ke sini nanti. 

You would see Citygate outlets once exit from MTR station heading to Ngong Ping 360 counter ticket station

Previously known as Tung Chung Cable Car Project before acquiring the Ngong Ping 360 brand in April 2005

Lets begin the journey...

This cable car can accommodate up to 10 persons at one time

Pic taken before the journey... tapi kena bayar

Ngong Ping Cable Car... The fact

Ngong Ping Cable Car is a 5.7-kilometre (3.5 mi) long bi-cable gondola lift system (formerly known as the Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail) linking between Tung Chung (where it connects the MTR Tung Chung station) and Ngong Ping (where the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha are located). Between the two terminals at Tung Chung and Ngong Ping, the lift system runs across the southern shore of the Hong Kong International Airport island and Nei Lak Shan, with eight towers including the stations. Five of the towers are located within the country park. Before Ngong Ping 360's opening, the only access was via a mountain road and bus service.

Ngong Ping 360 is owned by the MTR Corporation, the operator of Hong Kong's rail system. 

Take the 25-min cable car ride to Nong Ping and enjoy the view

The cable car journey offers a 25 minute aerial alternative to the current one-hour journey by Tung Chung Road, allowing visitors to glide across Tung Chung Bay and up to Lantau Island towards Ngong Ping Plateau.

The cableway is supported by 8 towers. The cabin has a modern design with seating for 10 and standing room for another 7. It also incorporates features to meet the needs of disabled passengers, including elderly and wheelchair users. The system has a capacity of 3,500 people per hour in each direction. The cableway starts at the Tung Chung Terminal, runs across Tung Chung Bay to an angle station on Airport Island, where it turns through about 60 degrees before returning across Tung Chung Bay. It then runs up the Lantau North Country Park to another angle station near Nei Lak Shan, before finally descending to the Ngong Ping Terminal.

The cable car line offers two levels of service based on different cabin designs, branded Standard Cabins and Crystal Cabins. The Crystal Cabins are distinguished by their glass bottoms, and are charged at a premium rate. Both sets of cabins circulate on the same cable, with passengers being segregated by queuing systems at both termini.

During the 25 minute journey, travellers can see panoramic views over the North Lantau Country Park, the South China Sea, Hong Kong International Airport, the Tung Chung valley, Ngong Ping Plateau and surrounding terrain and waterways. As visitors approach Ngong Ping, they can see The Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery. (source)

See thru OK

Pengalaman yang baru & sangat menarik sebab first time naik cable car with glass bottom floor. Bagi aku, a must try experience for travllers to Hong Kong especially those first time ride with cable car. Tapi agak mengecewakan juga bagi kami sebab cuaca agak mendung masa tu, al maklum musim sejuk di HK masa ni kan. So, view pun agak mendung jugalah. Imagine kalau musim panas confirm view sangat cantik masa ni. Apapun we still enjoyed the cable car ride.

Selphie sokmo

Welcome to Ngong Ping Village

Ngong Ping Village is set on a 1.5 hectare site on Lantau Island, adjacent to Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. This amazing culturally themed village has been designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. It boasts several major tourist attractions, Walking with Buddha as well as a diverse array of retail, dining and entertainment experiences.

Aktiviti utama gadis-gadis semasa... hahaha

Ngong Ping Village yang tenang

Interesting tea pot at entrance to Ngong Ping Village

The Big Buddha as seen from the Ngong Ping Village

Jom explore what is inside

The Bodhi tree known as the Bo Tree, is the “tree of awakening”. It was tree under which Siddharta meditated on “Who am I & why am I here?” he eventually attained enlightment and became Buddha

Those Buddhist can make your wish here... Bodhi wishing shrine

Another entrance to another attraaction

Entrance to Buddhist Po Lin Monastery and the world's largest Buddha statue, the bronze Tian Tan

Pengawal yang setia

Our journey ends here... no point pun kami proceed, hehehe

On the way balik tu, kami singgah lunch di Ebeneezer's Kebab, the only Halal Food available at Ngong Ping Village. Actually, initial plan kami nak makan dim sum di Islamic center canteen dekat dengan masjid Ammar Wan Chai tapi memandangkan kami dah kesuntukan masa sebab ada plan nak jalan-jalan di Citigate outlet after this, so, kami pun decide nak lunch di sini sahaja. Alhamdulillah, lunch hari ni ditaja oleh Cik Gojes & drinks by Cik Eein, thanks you so much. Terasa kenikmatannya orang belanja, hehehe.

Otw nak balik kami singgah makan kedai kebab Ebeneezer

Kebab dia memang terbaek lah... masih terasa kagi kesedapan nyer

Tian Tan Buddha Statue is the major centre for Buddhism in Hong Kong

We ended the tour around 12pm and return to cable car terminal at Ngong Ping Village to again ride a cable car to main station at Tung Chung. Another 30 minutes journey.

Masa otw balik... kabus agak tebal masa ni, ada ketika almost zero visibility

Bayangkan lah naik crystal cabin at this area

Ada trail hiking juga kat sini (pic not so ok due to cermin kotor)

Before returned to our Hotel, kami sempat singgah di Citygate outlets. Jalan-jalan cuci mata.

We returned to Delta Hotel only after 1 hour. Kami dah checked out pun pagi tadi tapi sebab flight kami malam, so, kami minta budi bicara Delta Hotel to keep of our luggage while we were away for half day trip to Ngong Ping. Alhamdulillah, tiada extra charge dikenakan. So, officially kami keluar dari Hotel around 4pm to airport.

End of my Hong Kong trip...

1 comment:

  1. Salam :) i appreciate ur umrah entries as i did my umrah fardhu just recently on december 2013. alhamdulillah.

    umrah sulong saya serupa dgn semua gambar2 dlm blog awak :) those are how i will remember mekah n madinah.

    pun tinggal di ajwad masa di mekah. jadi jalan2 ulang alik ke masjid tu jalan2 yg sama :) subhanallah, teringat masa pertama kali ternampak bangunan masjidilharam di balik tembok abu qubais.

    thanks n well done! salam.


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