To all the TVB drama addicts, you probably has come across 大嶼山 (Cantonese: Dai Yu Shan), often mentioned by their actors and actresses.
大嶼山 is also known as Lantau Island, which is the largest island in Hong Kong.
In order to go to Lantau Island, first you must take the MRT to Tung Chung station. In fact, this is the fastest way to reach the north of the island. Then you can opt to take a cable car ride to the island.
Since the opening of the Lantau Link, a number of buses also cross over to Lantau, although they are considerably slower than the cable car rides and less scenic than the ferries.
The package that I had taken was Ngong Ping 360 and a bus ride to ‘Dai O Village’ and a bus ride back to Tung Chung MRT Station. All this for HK$86.
Ngong Ping 360 combines a spectacular 5.7 km cable car journey that takes in an impressive cultural themed village and the Tian Tan Buddha.
The queue on a working Monday is surprisingly long. However, we must know that Hong Kong is one of the top 10 tourists’ destination in the world.
Once you’re inside the cable car, feel free to look around. Enjoy the view around you. Start snapping around with your camera.
This is one of my favourite shots. It’s pretty scary for a cable car ride like this if you’re afraid of heights.
And you will be able to catch a glimpse of Hong Kong’s International Airport.
Argh… I wished I have a DSLR which can focus more on the planes than the sea!!!!!
From the cable car, you will be able to see the big statue of Tian Tan Buddha resting on a hill.
This is another view of Tian Tan Buddha from the entrance of the cultural village.
At the themed village there are a couple of attractions. The Walking with Buddha attraction gives an interesting introduction to Buddha, and has different stages, with headphones giving the narration in a variety of languages. The Monkey’s Tail is simply a silent animated movie, with a simple moral.
However, I didn’t go for these attractions. The weather was too hot and humid for me to endure any longer.
Our dear friend was trying to hold Buddha on his palm!!
For hungry wolves, you will find the vegetarian restaurant after this entrance.
Next to the vegetarian restaurant, there’s a temple and Po Lin Monastery where tourists flocked to offer their prayers.
From the entrance of cultural village, you would probably walk a good 10 minutes to reach here.
Open from 10am to 6pm, access to the Buddha itself is free, although entering the museum inside during busy times requires a meal ticket for the vegetarian restaurant; a snack costs HK$23 while full meals are $60 (normal) or $100 (deluxe).
Take a deep breath and start climbing up the stairs. Don’t look back if you’re afraid of heights.
If you look back, this is what you will capture with your naked eyes. What a breath taking view, isn’t it?
**I was cursing the weather as I walked up the stairs. It’s blardy hot! And now you know why I got tanned after coming back from Hong Kong*
At over 250 tonnes and 34 meters in height, this is the largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha statue in the world.
These are wonderfully sculpted Ngong Ping’s statues.
Though I was high up on a mountain and with the crazy blaring sun, the wind is not chilly enough to cool me down!!
Despite the killing-me-softly’s sun, I managed to capture this beautiful shot here. I hope you like this.
In my next entry, I will show you how Tai-O Village looks like.