Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 – The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

While landing in Hong Kong if you look out from your window and if the weather is clear, you might be able to see a tiny little figurine of Buddha sitting atop of a mountain. Informally known as the Big Buddha, Tian Tan Buddha is one of the best tourist attraction in Hong Kong. Situated in Lantau Island this huge bronze statue draws tourists and pilgrims from across the world.

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong

 

On the second day of our visit to Hong Kong, we decided to visit the Tian Tan Buddha and made use of Hong Kong’s very efficient Public Transport. We arrived at the Tung Chung Station and from there headed towards the Ngong Ping 360 ticket counter with ease as directions were well labelled.

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha

Though there is an option of taking a bus to the Big Buddha we decided to take round-trip ticket of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car because let’s be honest – how often do you get a chance to ride in a glass bottom Cable Car and enjoy some spectacular views?! We took the Crystal Cabin, which are the ones with the glass bottom and even Ankita has a serious fear of heights, she really enjoyed the ride! 🙂

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin Cable Car

 

The views of the river, lush green forests and the trail up to the Ngong Ping Village were amazing and we would highly recommend you taking the crystal cabin, it sure is a bit more expensive but worth every penny, not to mention the line for the crystal cabin is way shorter than the standard cabin one.

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Glass Bottom Cable Car Ngong Ping 360

 

Talking about the queues, as mentioned earlier, this attraction draws an enormous number of tourists and locals alike and hence the queues to get on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car can get very long. But you can always purchase your tickets from Klook and make use of the Klook VIP fast lane.

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 Ticket Counter

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Aerial View of Tian Tan Buddha

 

After a 25-minute ride in the Crystal Cabin Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, we reached the village of Ngong Ping where we were greeted with a delicious aroma of freshly baked coconut waffles…make sure you try one on your visit! 

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Coconut Waffle

 

The village has a lot of restaurants including a Starbucks, several souvenir shops and a few Interactive Multimedia attractions. We experienced Walking with Buddha, which takes you through the life journey of Prince Siddhartha attaining enlightenment and becoming Buddha and Stage 360 where you get a chance to get up close and personal with how the special effects technology is used in Action Movies. You can buy tickets for these separately or you can always go for the 360 Fun Pass. You can check details about the packages HERE.

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Walking with Buddha

 

After a bit of fun and eating at the village, we headed towards the Big Buddha which looked magnificent. You can see the Buddha statue sitting in a calm meditative posture watching over Hong Kong, showering its blessings on one and all. The climb up to the big statue sounds more difficult than it is. We certainly didn’t feel we have climbed 268 steps, maybe because we kept stopping and taking pictures. So for all those who fear the climb, be rest assured you will not even notice 🙂

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 – The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Big Buddha, Tian Tan at Ngong Ping

 

The view from the top is absolutely amazing, we stayed there for a while admired the views of the valley below and then headed towards the Po Lin Monastery. When we visited the monks were praying and thus the entry was restricted so we admired the views from outside, there was a no photography sign and thus we didn’t click the photos of the interiors.

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

The rewarding view after climbing 268 steps

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

The Offering of the Six Devas

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Deva

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Po Lin Monastery, Hong Kong

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

View from the top

 

By this stage, we were feeling a bit hungry, so we grabbed a bite at the monastery, which has a vegetarian restaurant. There are a few set meal options here, but since we weren’t too hungry we bought a few things from the snack shop – some spring rolls, a fired sweet dumpling and the very famous beancurd pudding. The spring roll and the dumpling were nice but the bean curd pudding left us a bit underwhelmed… it honestly didn’t live up to its hype.

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Vegetarian Cafe at Po Lin Monastery

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Po Lin Monastery Roof Carvings

 

From there on we headed back towards the village, did some souvenir shopping and took the Ngong Ping Cable Car back and on our way back (at around 4 pm) we saw a lot of cable cars were empty, a few of them only had one or two people in it, so there, that’s our Top Tip, maybe you can visit later in the afternoon to avoid crowds and have the entire cabin to yourself! 🙂

 

Ngong Ping 360 - The Best Way to Visit Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) in Hong Kong

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ride

 

For timings and tickets, you can refer to Ngong Ping’s official website HERE. 

 

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