This Tallest outside sitting Buddha in the World stands at 85 feet (called Giant or "Tian Tian" Buddha) and sits on the Ngong Ping Plateau in Lantau Island (that is why this is the end part of the Ngong Ping 360! a 6 km cable car ride that starts from tung chung area to Ngong Ping that is 30 minutes in duration). The Ngong Ping Plateau also houses...more
During winter, the sun sets as early as 6pm. I was walking back to the Ngong Ping cable car station when I had the opportunity to 'punked' my 2-year old son. I asked him if he wants to see a monster and so I stood with the sun behind me.Lo and behold, the shadow of a tall monster appeared. He really ran away!more
Leaving the make-believe world of Disneyland and entering Po Lin Monastery. The latter was definitely more interesting for me. The monastery was founded more than 100 years ago and is one of the oldest standing structure in the Ngong Ping area.Interestingly, the monastery also sells super mega-sized joss sticks. I happen to see a couple buying that...more
I've heard so much of the statue. Before 2007, it stood as the world's tallest outdoor seated buddha statue. Some of my friends said that there was nothing much to do that and had adviced me not to visit the place. But how can I not after hearing so much about this place?Frankly, I've no regrets visiting the place. To reach the structure, you'd...more
My wife and I were afraid that there was no food suitabe for our children up at Ngong Ping. So we brought along quite a bit of stuff.Fret not, there are restaurants at Ngong Ping village, even modernity has caught up with this place with Starbucks and Subway taking a space in this vilage.If it's not the established restaurants that you're looking...more
Ngong Ping is no 100 year-old village. Actually it's not even a 50 year-old village. The entire village opened in 2005 but what the government had tried to do was to blend the buildings with the present Po Lin temple.Buildings were built to look authentically old though the freshly painted rosewood and whitewashed walls reflects the true age of...more
A statue so big that you can see from the aeroplane. So massive that one has to climb 240 steps to get to the statue. Known as the Tian Tan Buddha, it took three years to build and the cable car in gave me one of the best helicopter view of this bronze work.Whwn I arrived at Ngong Ping, I got another view of the statue. No matter from what angle...more
After climbing beyond the sea, the cable car makes a sharp left turn and afterwhich, the cable car continued its climb.At that point, you should be able to see two very interesting landmark. Firstly, you will see the tall skyscrapers that houses the tung chung residents coupled with the CityGate shopping mall. The second landmark was the Hong Kong...more
My Hong Kong cousin said, "Why do you want to visit Hong Kong? It's such a crowded place". Well, by taking a cable car ride, we would be ingeniously taken away from the crowd.Since my family was crossing over to Ngong Ping at about 4pm, the cable cars were largely empty. So instead of having 8-persons in the cable car, it was only the four of us....more
"Yu tan" or Fish egg. That's how it's been read. If you're into exotic food, you'd be utterly disappointed. This is no fish egg, but in truth, it's your everyday fish ball, albeit they taste tougher than any fish ball that I've tasted.Still, I'd say that if you don't try it, you won't know it. The stall only sells 'yu tan'!more
When you arrive at Po Lin Monastery, you can purchase a ticket that includes admission to the Buddha as well as lunch at the vegetarian restaurant. The ticket sells for HK$60. Even if you aren't a fan of vegetarian food, the meal is an interesting cultural experience.When you arrive at the restaurant, you will be seated at a table. There is no menu...more
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...more
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...more
it is believe that when you go up to the top, make a clockwise direction when you walk and overview the surrounding as it represent "follow the flow". you must not have to "kou tau" (bow) but try not to shout aloud once you are in or around the temple area.
Buddhists are forbidden to eat meat or drink alcohol, and you should not do either while at the monastery. Keep your beef jerkey at home!