It was never on my mind. 7 years back when H&M wasn’t in India, someone had mentioned to me about how shopping was affordable at H&M in #HongKong, I wondered if I’d ever be lucky to get a chance at either, H&M or Hongkong. Years later, the Universe conspired for both to happen 🙂
Having been to other South East Asian countries like Singapore, Thailand & Bali over the last couple of years, I knew that this was going to be an interesting country too. With some prior research, some tourist reviews online and personal advice from people, the go-to list was ready. It did take some alcohol / coffee to understand the maps too.
If you’re travelling to Hong Kong and have a whole list of places to visit within a week, you better get started right from the Airport. The best way to start your HK trip is by visiting the beautiful Ngong Ping Village at Lantau Island. Don’t fret looking at Google maps, it’ll show you it’s 2 hours away by the MTR, you don’t need to take that. It’s just about 20mins away by bus S1 from the airport. Oh and worry not about all that luggage you’ve been travelling with because the team at Ngong Ping 360 will make it convenient by letting you drop off the luggage at a counter so that you can enjoy the rest of your time without it. Your luggage will be safe, just hold on to those tags they give you.
There are a couple of highlights about this place.
1. The crystal glass cable car ride to the island.
This is apparently the world’s longest cable car ride that takes about 25-30mins to finish a distance of 5.7kms. The view is super scenic while passing through all that greenery around you. You can also spot the Airport runway and actually see planes land and take off from time to time.
2. The Big Buddha statue (Tian Tan Buddha). You must be prepared to climb 268 steps to see it up front.
3. The beautiful Ngong Ping Piazza
4. The wisdom path.
5. Walking with Buddha : An interesting 20min video about Buddha’s life
6. A theatrical act by some great performers with an inspiring message (they even have a few dialogues in English besides having subtitles on a screen)
7. A fun 4D ariel ride that will take you through Ngong ping.
9. Po Lin Monastery
The weather was beautiful when I visited Ngong Ping 360 in Lantau Island , in fact it even rained for some time. The view from the Big Buddha is to watch out for. There are a number of restaurants that serve Chinese / Western food so you won’t be hungry for sure. You may also check out some of the stores for souvenirs if you’re not comfortable with street shopping.
To cover all of this you require a good 5 hours, so plan your day accordingly. It’s definitely worth it.
Have you visited this place? Or plan on visiting ? Let me know in the comments below.
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Lots of love,
The Silent Hummer.