REVIEW: Riding on the Ngong Ping Cable Cars Hong Kong

Attraction Review, Ngong Ping Cable Cars (Hong Kong)
22.2561° N; 113.9053° E

The Ngong Ping Cable cars would have to be one of the must do attractions when visiting Hong Kong. The views you observe as you make your way up Lantau Island are absolutely breathtaking, travelling along the five-kilometre track to the top.

This is one attraction that is fun for the whole family as there is simply so much to see and do.

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Tickets can be purchased online, there are various packages to choose from. Tickets purchased via the website will need to be printed out or shown to the attendant at the gate for entry, pre-purchased tickets allow you to fast track through the queue. If you rather a physical ticket, tickets can be purchased from the ticket office just prior to boarding.

Cable Car Admission Tickets

I recommend keeping an eye on the weather forecast, if you can avoid the rain it will make your experience much more enjoyable. Weather conditions play a huge part in the operation of the cable cars, during severe weather days the line can close, closures will be displayed on the official Ngong Ping 360 website.

The city of Ngong Ping is situated on Lantau Island and is approximately 460 meters above sea level.

Getting to the Cable Car terminal is easy, for my stay I was staying at the Novotel Citygate which is a five minute walk to the terminal. If you are coming from Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, you can jump on the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) and get off at Tung Chung Station.

Cable Car Route Overview

An easy way of finding the Cable Car terminal is look for the Tung Chung MTR Station entrance, if you head in the opposite direction towards the Hong Kong Post Office the departure terminal is just across the road.

Tung Chung MTR Station

Cable cars operate from 10am each morning, and close at 6pm.

There are two cabins you can choose from when purchasing tickets, Crystal Cabin or Standard Cabin.

The Crystal Cabin is a specific type of gondola that has a glass bottom, allowing guests to enjoy amazing views no matter which way you are looking.

The Standard Cabin is a generic gondola with a solid bottom, if you are afraid of heights I would suggest travelling in the Standard Cabin.

If you arrive at the Cable Car terminal just after opening, you cn avoid the peak rush. Large tour groups will arrive later in the day, which will see longer wait times to get on board.

Cable Car Departure

The ride to Ngong Ping Village takes approximately 25 minutes. Along the way you will be captivated by gorgeous views of Tung Chung, Hong Kong International Airport and Macau Bridge along with lush green mountains that surround Hong Kong. If you are lucky enough to be travelling in the Crystal Cabin, the hills and ocean are right underneath your feet.

Make sure you have your camera handy at all times as there are plenty of photo opportunities to capture along the way.

Once you arrive at the top you can explore the cultural themed Ngong Ping Village, occupying over 1.5 hectares!

Ngong Ping Village

There are three major attractions to explore as well as a selection of shops and food/beverage outlets.

Ngong Ping Village

Walking with Buddha
Walking with Buddha is an immersive experience that takes you along the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the man who became Buddha and the path he took to enlightenment. The multimedia experience begins with a short video in the courtyard with a voice of the Bodhi Tree telling the story of Siddhartha.

The adventure will take you through the temple where guests are invited to pick a Bodhi leaf, on which words of thought are written for your reflection. The final stop takes you through the Path of Enlightenment where you can delve into the origins of Buddhism and track its dissemination across the globe.

The Walking with Buddha experience operates from 11am to 5:00pm (Monday – Friday) and 10:00 to 5:40pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays). Sessions operate every 20 minutes.

Ticket Pricing (HKD):
Adult – $40*
Child (Ages 3-11) – $20*
Senior (Aged 65+) – $28*

More info can be found here.

VR 360
If riding on the cable car up to Ngong Ping Village wasn’t scary enough, you can enjoy a jaw-dropping virtual reality experience at VR 360. You can challenge yourself and overcome your fear of heights by participating in a high-altitude ropeway walk, or perhaps become a trendsetter and put on a new fashionable costume.

There are also other virtual reality experiences you can become a part of including throwing wishes onto the wishing shrine, hide and seek with Sheriff Cat, explore the Hong Kong housing estate and surround yourself in the Lantau photo booth.

The VR 360 experience runs for approximately 30 minutes.

Ticket Pricing (HKD):
Adult – $168*

More info can be found here.

Motion 360
If watching a movie is more your thing you will enjoy the Motion 360 exhibition, it’s a five-dimensional theatre that will take you on an adventure with two feature films on show. Your immersive movie experience will be complemented by water spray, wind effects and other stimulating installations.

The Little Ants Adventure is perfect for kids as it takes you on a journey of two little ants trying to fly in a dangerous forest and embarking on an adventure.

Discover Lantau is the second film on show which takes you on an exciting spaceship ride flying over the Big Buddha and dive underwater to see Chinese Pink Dolphins.

Motion 360 operates from 11am to 5:00pm (Monday – Friday) and 10:00 to 5:30pm (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays). Each session has a duration of 10 minutes.

Ticket Pricing (HKD):
Adult – $88
Child (Ages 3-11) – $66*
Senior (Aged 65+) – $66*

More info can be found here.

The biggest and most impressive landmark at Ngong Ping would have to be The Big Buddha, it’s only a five-minute walk through the village.If you are feeling energetic, you can walk up to the base of The Big Buddha but beware there are 268 steps up the steep incline but the views are definitely worth it!

Another sight that draws upon the culture is exploring the Po Lin Monastery, it’s an established wold renowned Buddhist establishment built back in 1906.

Po Lin Monastery

To access Po Lin Monastery you need to enter along the San Men (Mountain Gate) which will lead up to the main shrine of the Buddha.

As you explore you get smells of incense and it makes you feel relaxed, the best part is you can take your time and walk around and admire all the beautiful architecture and sculptures. No matter where you look and explore there is always something that will capture your attention.

Po Lin Monastery

The village of Ngong Ping is a treasure trove of unique shops, all with extremely helpful shop assistants that will answer any questions you have. Some of the items that are for sale are unique items and some you don’t come across anywhere else. My two favourite shops in the village would have to be HK Love which has a full range of souvenirs and other amazing items for sale and the Fortune Cat Store.

The Fortune Cat Store, and as the name suggests sell fortune cats. The shop is full of various lucky cats that are said to bring good luck. The designs on each of the cats are beautiful with each one having unique characteristics, they are inexpensive and it’s easy to walk out with a few.

The Fortune Cat Store

If you are in need of your morning coffee or a snack while wondering around the village there is a Starbucks on hand which also has a small range of HK souvenirs for sale. Subway and 7-Eleven also have outlets there.

Overall my trip to Ngong Ping Village took around 4 hours to complete, but I took my time and wasn’t in any rush. If you were short on time you could easily see all the attractions and look through the shops in 2-3 hours. In my opinion it’s best if you head up first thing in the morning to avoid the rush and take your time exploring the village.

Amazing Views

Keep in mind that if rain is on the forecast be sure to pack a rain jacket or have an umbrella handy as there are next to no places to escape the rain once you are at the top.

I was lucky enough to have the whole gondola to myself on the way back to Hong Kong which was an amazing experience in itself and got to capture some amazing views.

Disclaimer: All the reviews are simply a summary of my experience and opinions from my own point of view.Unless stated, all of the flights, accommodation and experiences are paid for by myself as a self-funded frequent flyer.No articles or reviews are influenced in any way by a third party or company.
*Pricing current as of 09/09/2019. Pricing may be updated by the operator at any time and those changes may not be updated on this page.

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