A little history: Ngong Pin 360 was a government tourism project built in 2001. The cultural village along with the cable car facility was constructed to link the northern coast of Lantau with the rest of Hong Kong. The village was designed to reflect the culture and the spritituality of the area, with the Tan Tian Budhha (the world's largest outdoor Budhha) and the Po Lin Monastery located right at the outskirts of the "village".
We rode the MTR ( which was very impressive, by the way ) and got off at Tung Chung Station. To get to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal, take exit B and the bright blue staircase leading up to the ticketing booth should be just within sight.
There are actually two kinds of cable cars that you can choose from: the regular cabin and the Crystal cabin, which was ( you guessed it ), pricier. If you have a little money to spare, you can take both, one on each way. I highly recommend that you take the regular cable car on your way to Ngong Pin - where there are lots of passengers around; and take the crystal cabin on your way back, cause chances are, you'll get the entire cabin to yourself!
The cable car took us on a 30-minute ride across mountains and seas (literally). I have the attention span of an 8-year old but for several minutes, I was perfectly still. It was beautiful to see those mountains still untouched.
|Lantau sure knows how to catch my eye...|
|The erm... camera whoring begins (I'm sorry Jan)|
We hiked up to the Tan Tian Budhha, which was dead tiring. I had to stop several times along the way. The view at the top though, was wonderful.
We took some more pictures before heading back down. Aside from sightseeing, the village is also lined with boutiques and shops. But beware, a lot of the items sold here can easily be found in the night markets, at half the price. So be wise with your purchases if you do not want to get ripped off.
We wanted to see the monastery next but it started to rain. So we decided to head back to the city instead and get some lunch. But before that, a few more shots wouldn't hurt, right? =)