Ngong Ping Village is found on Lantau Island, it’s a cultural themed village sitting in the shadow of Lantau’s big Buddha statue.
It offers visitors who make the trip, vistas and an experience you don’t expect to see in Hong Kong as well as access to the Big Buddha itself and the nearby Po Lin Buddhist Monastery.
You get to Ngong Ping by cable car which is an experience all its own. You will pay about HK$125 per trip or you can take the (New Lantau Bus 23 for even less). Taking the cable car, you can choose from standard cabin, or a ‘crystal’ cabin with a glass bottom floor. It’s worth it once for the experience.
On the way up on a clear day you’ll see breathtaking views of Lantau Island, Hong Kong in the distance and Hong Kong International Airport; the cable car will wind its way up the hill on a 30 minute journey.
Waiting for your turn on the cable car can be a bother during peak times. On a hot day you may choose to ask the sales attendant which queue (standard or crystal) is shorter. Many people will tell you that the crystal cable car (the more expensive one), moves faster, but some days this is not the case.
Once you get to the top, a casual stroll through Ngong Ping will reveal an impressive assortment of eating houses, coffee shops and souvenir shops. You can walk through the village to Po Lin Monastery where you can enjoy a vegetarian lunch in your choice of casual or more formal settings.
Po Lin Monastery has a sit-down vegetarian restaurant and a take-away diner with outdoor seating under shady trees for a quick snack. The food here is good, tasty and very vegetarian!
What insiders will tell you to about Ngong Ping:
- Buy your tickets online at Ngong Ping 360 before arriving to save the queues
- Look for the QR codes to load your free audio tour to your mobile phone before boarding the cable car (they have free wifi)
- You don’t have to buy a return cable car journey, you can take the Bus 23 down the hill to Tung Chung station for HK$17
- For a change of scenery after your visit, take Bus 40 to Mui Wo to return to Central on the Ferry.
How to get to Ngong Ping
Option 1 – Train/Cable Car: Travel the MTR from Hong Kong Island on the Disneyland/Tung Chung line, to the end of the line. Trains depart every few minutes from Hong Kong Station. Once you arrive, stroll across the station forecourt to the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car (well signposted).
Option 2 – Train/Bus: Travel the MTR from Hong Kong Island on the Disneyland/Tung Chung line, to the end of the line. Trains depart every few minutes from Hong Kong Station. Once you arrive, look for the New Lantau Bus 23 for a windy trip up the hill.
Option 3 – Ferry/Bus: Take the ferry to Mui Wo. Ferries depart Central Pier 6 on Hong Kong Island about every half an hour. Once you arrive at your destination take Bus 2 on a 40 minute journey to Ngong Ping village.
Learn more about Ngong Ping