Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Hong Kong

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ngong ping cable car Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car over Hong Kong

 

Ever ridden in a glass-floor cable car? They’ve recently installed a few “crystal cabins” on the Ngong Ping Cable Car route on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island. Your destination: the Tian Tan Buddha.

The ride is a visually spectacular 5.7 km journey, travelling between Tung Chung MTR station and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. Riders enjoy panoramic views of the Hong Kong International Airport, South China Sea, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, as well as the flora and fauna of North Lantau Country Park.

To view some great photos from the cable car and of the Big Buddha, take a look at Runaway Juno’s Cable Car Hong Kong post.

About Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha completed in 1993.  The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery on the mountain top and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major center of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a very popular tourist attraction.

The Buddha is 34 m (112 ft) tall and weighs 250 metric tons (280 short tons). It was the world’s tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2007. They say it can be seen from as far away as Macau on a clear day.

Ngong Ping 360 is open from 10:00am – 6:00pm during the week and on weekends & Public Holidays from 9:00am – 6:30pm

Access the cable car at MTR’s Tung Chung Station.

For more information about Ngong Ping 360, visit their website: http://www.np360.com.hk/en/

Stephen
Stephen
Stephen Bugno's two decades of independent travels have taken him to more than 80 countries. His freelance articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Hartford Courant. He maintains a nomadic lifestyle while publishing the GoMad Nomad Travel Mag and blogging at Bohemian Traveler. Find him on Google +, Facebook, or Twitter.

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