On Lantau Island, a tourist circuit with varied attractions has been created. One of them is the village of Ngong Ping, which includes various walks and experiences.
Lantau is part of the group of 55 islands that make up Hong Kong, and is one of the largest, although with a population that does not exceed 60,000 inhabitants. Although many do not know it, the Hong Kong International Airport is located here.
The island has a large natural park where you can practice outdoor activities, in addition to beautiful beaches. It is a frequent tourist getaway area for the inhabitants of the neighboring big city.
The Ngong Ping tourist area is located on a plateau in the middle of the mountains and combines a green natural space —where you can go hiking— with religious buildings and a great commitment focused on providing tourist services with a modern imprint.
What to see in Ngong Ping?
The Ngong Ping Tourist Corridor was opened in 2005 and is a circuit of themed attractions visited every year by thousands of tourists. We invite you to meet them!
1. Ngong Ping Village
On the plateau, at 520 meters high, is the village where you will find picturesque places such as the traditional Li-Nong Tea House, where they serve a variety of teas and cakes. Here there are also shops, recreation spaces and restaurants where you can try different typical dishes like wonton noodles and egg tarts.
Likewise, there are places where you can taste international dishes such as sushi, kebabs, ramen and Pizza. For those who love coffee, there are open shops of famous international chains.
In the middle of the village there is a tree Bodhi artificial giant, considered the “Tree of awakening” of the Buddha. There you can hang your wish posters.
2. Po Lin Monastery
From the square, about 15 minutes walking, you arrive at the Buddhist Po Lin Monastery, which was built in 1906. In the building you can visit the main hall, the bell tower, the Drum Tower and the hall of the Bodhisattva Skanda.
In addition to the peaceful atmosphere, here you can comfort yourself by eating something tasty in the cafeteria and vegetarian restaurant of the monastery, whose portions are famous for being very generous.
3. Big Buddha
the majestic Tian Tan Buddha is in the area of Muk Yue Shan. This bronze statue is the largest of the Buddha that is located outdoors.
The image rises above the treetops, as it is 34 meters high; to be able to see it up close, you have to climb 268 steps. At the base there is an open hall for visitors; there are two relics of the Buddha. you have to buy a ticket if you want to enter.
4. Path of Wisdom
The tourist attraction of Wisdom Path It consists of a path crossed by 38 wooden columns, each one of them with a height of between 8 and 10 meters. The route has the peculiarity of having a pattern that represents the symbol of infinity.
The tablets are engraved with verses from heart sutra in the Chinese version, made by Professor Jao Tsung-I, a scholar of the language and a calligrapher. The tallest column is number 23 and it is blank, as it represents the “empty”.
“Therefore, within emptiness, there is no form, feeling, perception, volition, or consciousness;
without eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body or perception; without form, sound, smell, taste, tangible objects or objects of the mind;
no realm of sight and so forth, even to the extent of no realm of consciousness;
there is no annoyance by ignorance and, therefore, there is no annihilation of annoyance by ignorance…”.
5. Tech attractions in Ngong Ping
This tourist corridor has been conceived as an attraction for families, so there is entertainment for everyone!
- Motion 360: It is a 4D movie theater with special effects such as wind and water jets. Enabled for ages 3 and up, this attraction replaced the famous Monkey Tale Theater.
- VR360: This is a space for virtual reality games in 30-minute sessions. Only for people over 16 years old.
- Walking with Buddha: It is an immersive experience and multimedia space that recreates the life of Siddhartha Gautama in a 20-minute short film. Suitable for the whole family.
How to get to Ngong Ping
Lantau Island has a good level of accessibility through the following means of transportation:
- Auto: Via Tsing Ma Bridge, it takes 40 minutes to an hour to get from Hong Kong to Tung Chung, where the cable car station is. The service is called Ngong Ping 360, as the route to the village offers incredible 360° views of the island from the air.
- Bus: Take the Lantau bus from Tin Sha Tsui to Tung Chung and transfer to the 23 bus, which goes to Ngong Ping Village.
- Meter: the MTR is the easiest and cheapest way, since from Kowloon Station in Hong Kong you go directly to Tung Chung to take the cable car.
If you like to walk and have the stamina to go a long way, you can make the climb from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping village by trails through Lantau National Park. This is an ascending route of about 8 kilometers in a natural wooded environment that will take you about 2 hours.
In summary, Ngong Ping Village is a tourist site where everything is set up for the comfort of visitors. Rescuing elements of tradition and religion, providing accessibility options and adding technological attractions, this place has become an ideal space for family walks.