I came back to Hong Kong this year to redo tours that somehow didn’t go very well or didn’t go the way I wanted on the first trip. How to visit Macau, a day trip that couldn’t be done because of a typhoon that was passing through the region and left the weather rainy. And it was precisely these intense rains that also hampered my visit to the Great Buddha of Lantau. Due to the large volume of water, the Hong Kong cable car in Lantau was closed for safety reasons, leaving the bus as the only option to climb the mountain to Tian Tan, the Big Buddha.
The Ngong Ping 360, the official name of the Lantau cable car, connects Tung Chung Station, close to Hong Kong airport, to Ngong Ping Terminal Station, high up in the mountains and next to the Big Buddha. It is easy to get there by subway, here on the blog there is already a post explaining how to get there and how to visit, read here.
There are two types of cabin on the cable car, the Standard and the Crystal, which have a glass floor and allow a better view during the ride.
The return ticket in the Standard cabin costs 210 HKD (R$108.00) and in the Crystal 315 HKD (R$162.00). Anyone who has taken the tour in the Crystal cabin says that the difference in values is not worth it, it’s not that amazing. Generally speaking, it is an expensive tour, but in Hong Kong everything is expensive, you get used to it.
I got there relatively early, around 10 am and it was a great balcony, as I practically didn’t have lines to buy the ticket and to board the cabin. When I got back, around 1 pm, the line to buy the ticket was going round and round around the cable car station. So get there early!
The Ngong Ping is the biggest cable car in Asia, I’ve read that it was the biggest and highest in the world from sea level. But I don’t know if this latest information is correct. The fact is that it is really long, it is 5.7km long, covered in 25 minutes.
When it starts to rise, it makes your stomach feel like it’s going to collapse, but it’s just an initial feeling. First he crosses a channel, turns around one of the towers to take the long crossing of Tung Chung Bay and up the ridge.
The view is really sensational, I would say, mesmerizing. We see a good part of Lantau, all of Hong Kong International Airport, the preserved mountains of the island. You can even see the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge, an immense road complex with bridges and an underwater tunnel that will connect Hong Kong to Macau. Look at this image below.
As we approach the end of the trip, we can already see the immense image of the Buddha appearing in the middle of the forest. Is too beautiful.
Is the Hong Kong cable car worth it?
Now the key question: is it worth it? Look, in my case it was worth a lot because it was a tour I wanted to do last year and I couldn’t. But I recognize that it is a very expensive tour for what it is, even though it is a nice experience.
If the day is very cloudy or rainy I do not recommend it, as it will greatly impair visibility. And because Lantau is covered in forests, there is always a fog covering the mountains. It’s practically an independent microclimate, sometimes it’s sunny in Hong Kong and Lantau is in bad weather.
More posts about Hong Kong and Macau
Arriving in Hong Kong: Visa, Immigration and Transport to the City
How to use the Hong Kong subway
Where to stay in Hong Kong: accommodation tips
Internet in Hong Kong: which operator to use and how to buy the SIM
How to get to Macau on a day trip from Hong Kong
Places to see and what to do
Things to do in Hong Kong (4-day itinerary)
Things to do in Macau (round trip from Hong Kong)
The Temple of the 10,000 Buddhas in Hong Kong
Symphony Of Lights: Hong Kong’s Light Show
Lantau Island Big Buddha
The Hong Kong Cable Car
The Peak and the best view in Hong Kong
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