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Ngong Ping Skyrails

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Hong Kong's new cable car cost $HK1 billion. It even has locals buzzing. A ride on Ngong Ping shows a pristine side of Hong Kong that most didn't know existed. Built by the company that built Queensland's Kuranda Skyrail, was designed to protect the park which is in an area called the Green Lung of Hong Kong. In the initial stages, equipment was carted by donkeys, minimizing impact on the land.

The 25-minute 5.7km trip travels between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island which is verdant and mountainous. It takes a carefully selected route which glides over the South China Sea, North Lantau Country Park, panoramic views to Hong Kong International Airport, the Tian Tan Buddha statue constructed from 202 bronze pieces, weighing over 250 tonnes and soaring 34 metres, and the verdant, mountainous terrain of Lantau.

Ngong Ping Village is set on 1.5 hectares and has been architecturally designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the area. It has several attractions including Walking with Buddha, Monkey's Tale Theatre and the Ngong Ping Tea House. It also offers shops, dining and entertainment.

Location

Lantau Island.

Cost

Ngong Ping cable car ride is around $8 for adults and $6 for children, one way. Entry to the Ngong Ping Village is free. It opens between 10am-6pm on week days and 10am-6:30pm on weekends.

For more information

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
11 Tat Tung Road
Tung Chung
Lantau Hong Kong
Ph: 0011 852 2109 9898
Fax: 0011 852 2109 9179
Website: www.np360.com.hk
Email: info@np360.com.hk

User comments
My husband and I visited Hong Kong in May of this year and the Ngong Ping Cable Car was one of the highlights of the trip. Well worth catching the train from Central out to Tung Chung Station, have a look around then get the Cable Car up to Ngong Ping. The views are spectacular. Unfortunately it was later in the day when we arrived and did not have the time to walk up to the Big Buddha, but it is huge!

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