Sunday, April 5: After leaving Po Lin Monastery, I walk through the tacky and noisy Ngong Ping Village, “a culturally themed village designed and landscaped to reflect the local customs, as well as to express the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area” (from a brochure: 360 Lantau Culture & Heritage Tour). Personally, this kind of place is not my thing; it’s like a super-commercialized Busch Gardens or Disneyland. I walk quickly through and get on the Ngong Ping Cable Car, “Asia’s longest bi-cable ropeway” over Lantau Island. This cable car ride is really impressive, as we can see the Big Buddha, the rooftops of the monastery, the sea, Hong Kong Airport, and the area of Tung Chung, where I will catch the metro back into Hong Kong.
We can see the Big Buddha with his hand raised in peaceful gesture on Ngong Ping Plateau.
Some parts of the cable ride are a little scary, especially as the land drops away from us into a deep valley and we’re really high up.
We can see the Hong Kong Airport off to the left. I didn’t come in to this airport, as I flew into Shenzhen and crossed the border on foot. Next time, because of the convenient metro at the airport, I think I’d fly directly into Hong Kong.
It looks like some kind of controlled burn is happening in the hills near Tung Chung.
I love the green boats lined up neatly along the shore in the harbor.
When I got off the cable car in Tung Chung to head to the metro, I see there is HUGE line to get on the cable car from this end. Luckily, from the Ngong Ping end, I had no line at all. There must be several hundred people in this line! I get on the metro and it’s quite a long ride back to Hong Kong Island, but it’s a lot faster than the ferry would have been! Next up, Victoria Peak. 🙂