Tian Tan Big Buddha and Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
The Tian Tan Big Buddha and Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car lets visitors knock out two birds with one stone. The cable car ride offers a remarkable panorama. Imagine yourself high above the mountains of Lantau Island. Right before your eyes is the spectacular view of land and sea. It would be 25 minutes well spent as you travel from Tung Chung all the way to Ngong Ping, the small town where you will find the Tian Tan Big Buddha.
Set atop the Muk Yue Mountain, the Tian Tan Big Buddha appears to watch over the city’s populace with its raised hand looking as if it is giving everyone a blessing. It is a symbol of Hong Kong’s strength, China’s affluence, and peace throughout the world.
Twelve years in the making, the facial appearance of the Tian Tan Big Buddha shows great character and poise that is symbolic of the religion. Hence, the respect it earns from the faithful and even non-believers. Moreover, its fine craftsmanship and majestic size attract visitors from near and far. The Po Lin Monastery is credited with the planning and construction of the Tian Tan Big Buddha.
The monastery itself is well-known to many as the Buddhist World in the South. In addition, it has a vegetarian restaurant. So, you can enjoy a nice healthy meal there too. Regardless of your faith, the Tian Tan Big Buddha is an amazing destination. The ride going up there makes it even more worthwhile.
Ngong Ping Rd, Lantau Island
(getting there by a 2 hour hike is the only way you can get there for free.
Otherwise you need to take the cable car which is around 300 HKD)
See cable car tickets here.
Weekdays: 10 am to 6 pm
Weekends and public holidays:
Tung Chung Station