The town of Ngong Ping starts to shut down by about 5.15pm and when that happens, the crowd heads to the only place that's still open - the car car station. I arrived at 5.30pm as the signs states that the last cable car would be leaving at 6pm and for certain, neither I nor my family had wanted to stay a night in this village.
The queue was snakingly long and the entire waiting time took us about 30 minutes. Sounds like it's a short wait but I fretted it. Alright on hindsight, the time taken for us to get on board the cable car was not too bad.
Just one piece of advice. Don't wait till the last minute to board the cable car. At least with that you can skip the maddening crowd.
Finally, Ngong Ping 360 will open to the public on 18 September 2006.
This cable car takes you from Tung Chung (just next to the airport platform) up to the village of Ngong Ping where the Big Buddha is located.
It is 5.7km long and will cost HK$88 for the return trip ($45 for kids).
You can also add on entrance fees to various attractions to create various packages.
Prices are a bit more expensive on "Special days". Check the web site for these.
Opened September 2006.
The cable car station is just a short walk from the Tung Chung MTR railway station.
Closed for 6 months in 2007 but is now running normally.