Waking up to a real nice cooling weather, our adventure in Hong Kong started today [ well, it started a few days when we arrive but to me everyday is a new adventure ] but the weather wasn’t pleasant. It rained in the morning and caused us wasting about an hour sitting at home. Till then, we decided to bring umbrella with us and go ahead with our plan. After 6 times of transit, finally we reached Tung Chung Station.
We dropped by at Hong Kong’s most famous bakery – Kee Wah to grabbed some pastry for our breakfast and i got myself a weird pao like pastry, with obviously, Char Siew inside.
Walking towards the ticket counter of Ngong Ping 360
At the ticket counter we were given quite a multiple choice of things to do when buying the ticket, like going for a Monkey Show, Walking with Buddha and having a discount at one of the restaurant. We’re not so keen with the monkey show, and Walking with Buddha which was going to cost so much and not worth watching, so we just bought the cable car round trip ticket that costs HKD96 per person instead.
Cable car ride that offers breathtaking views of North Lantau, South China Sea and Hong Kong International Airport. The weather was not very good on that day and the fogging was very thick. We couldn’t even see anything from the cable car when we almost reach the top. It felt as if you’re going through clouds and i have been to Genting at the most cloudiest and coldest time but nothing compared to this one.
Arriving at the Oriental style theme village – Ngong Ping 360 where a variety of shopping and dining options are available. We just walk around looking at the place around us but what was most important was to go and feel the cooling cold weather.
“Bodhi Tree” / Tree of Awakening is the tree under which Siddhartha meditated “Who am I and why I am here?”, eventually attaining Enlightenment and becoming Buddha. The tree gives me a really weird vibe as i touch it and soothing feeling.
What’s this cow doing here? The weather was freezing cold – 16 degree celcius only!
Giant Buddha is actually about 10 minutes walk away from Ngong Ping 360. But going up of the staircase is another different story.
The world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha, but unfortunately that even I went all the way up to the top, I still couldn’t see the face of Buddha. We also went in to the souvenir shops and pay a visit to Anita Mui’s columbarium.
Not far away (according to a local who showed us direction) from Giant Buddha is the Wisdom Path. We were told that it’s 10 minutes walk only, but the hiking trail seems to be longer than what we expected. I told my gf and my friend that the plants and the trees were saying “Hello” to us as they have spirits as told by my dad [an Iban belief] and thats why it felt long walking there. Because as we walked back, it feels fast because the trees were saying “Goodbye.”
The Wisdom Path is actually an outdoor replica of the centuries-old Heart Sutra, one of the world’s best-known prayers revered by Confucians. The path consists of thirty-eight columns in total and are planted in a figure-of-eight configuration to symbolise infinity. I walked all the way up to the highest point of the hill and I saw a column that is purposely left blank to suggest the concept of ’emptiness’.
Before we went back to Ngong Ping 360 for lunch, we stopped by at Po Lin Monastery.
We bought our lunch package for two that costs HKD160, which was redeemable at Ngong Ping Restaurant. It’s actually a mistake to buy the lunch coupon at the cable car ticket counter, because the actual vegetarian meal is supposed to be served at Po Lin Monestary, not Ngong Ping 360. The food wasn’t good, luckily we didn’t get three coupons. So if you’re planning to go for the famous vegetarian meal during your visit to Lantau Island, make sure that you only buy the meal coupon at Giant Buddha, not everywhere else.
We left right after lunch as it’s started to rain again. Take note that the cable car operation may be affected by weather condition. When we were on the ride back to Tung Chung, my gf just told us that this cable car was once closed down in 2007 due to accident. Hmmm…. but this is certainly the longest cable car ride I ever had in my life! Not to mention scary.
Touching down at sweet, sweet ground [all because im scared of heights] we went around the shopping mall nearby – Citygate Outlets where all the factory outlet of branded stuff like Adidas, Nike, Gucci, Espirit & etc are located. Only the ladies grabbed two jackets from Espirit, because it is too cheap and they couldn’t resist to say No. But I bought lots of titbits and instant noodles from the supermarket, it’s just fun to shop at other country’s supermarket!
Ngong Ping 360 – MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal
Citygate Outlets (MTR Tung Chung Station Exit C)