14 March 2013

Ngong Ping 360 昂坪 (Hong Kong)

Consists of the following destinations for a day's trip:
  • Ngong Ping Village 昂坪市集 
  • Tian Tan Big Buddha 天壇大佛
  • Po Lin Monastery 宝莲禅寺
  • Tai O (大澳) Fishing Village & Boat Excursion 

How to get there?
Address: 11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3666 0606

Nearest MTR Station: Tung Chung

Website: http://www.np360.com.hk

*Remember to bring along Octopus Card for transportation. Really useful for this trip.

Opening hours
10am - 6pm (Weekdays) / 9am - 6.30pm (Weekends)

Ngong Ping Village 昂坪市集
A stop to replenish ourselves with some food and shopping for some souvenirs.
From Tung Chung MTR Station, transfer to take Cable Car from nearby Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. The ride takes about 25 minutes. 

Alternatively, New Lantao Bus (NLB) No. 23 from the Bus Terminal, nearby Tung Chung MTR Station, will also take you to the village.

Tian Tan Big Buddha 天坛大佛
As you walk further down from the village, you'll see the Big Buddha from a distance. After climbing the flight of stairs, you could make a purchase for offering and enter the Halls of Universe, Benevolent Merit and Remembrance. The halls are located beneath the Buddha statue. 

Po Lin Monastery 宝莲禅寺
Close by Tian Tan Big Buddha is the Buddhist Monastery, where Buddhist devotees make their offerings. Within the area, there's a popular vegetarian restaurant - 寶蓮禪寺齋堂, whereby the queue is usually quite long. 

Tai O (大澳) Fishing Village & Boat Excursion
Moving off from Tian Tan Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, you could head over to Tai O Fishing Village by going back to the Ngong Ping Village and take Bus No. 21 from the Bus Terminal nearby.

If you are coming from Tung Chung directly, Bus No. 11 will take you to the Fishing Village.

In the fishing village, the houses are built on stilts and you could make purchases for dried food, good for cooking soups and porridge. 

For the boat excursions, you can purchase the tickets at the Fishing Village directly as it's relatively cheaper than making purchases at the Ngong Ping counter. Unless to prevent hassle, you may consider buying the "360 Sky-Land-Sea" One Day Pass at the Ngong Ping counter. 

What I really like about this place is the "egg waffle" / 鸡蛋仔. This uncle had been selling the egg waffle for years. Most importantly, he is using charcoal which makes the egg waffle tastes real good for just HKD 13.

Where else have I been in Hong Kong?
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