Hong Kong (part 8): Ngong Ping 360 on Lantau Island, Ebeneezer's and Fa Yuen Street.

...continued from Hong Kong (part 7): Morton's Steakhouse and Transformers Expo in Macau

Day 3

The next day, Ara, Di, T and I went to Ngong Ping 360, a must-see tourist attraction on Lantau Island.

The fun thing about Ngong Ping 360 is its famous Crystal Cable Car.  You'll know why in a bit.

Here are the prices for the different cable car rides:

Round Trip Crystal Cabin - HKD235 ($30)
Round Trip Standard Cabin - HKD150 ($19.50)
One Way Standard Cabin + One Way Crystal Cabin - HKD210 ($27)

I suggest getting the One Way Standard Cabin + One Way Crystal Cabin so it's not that expensive but you still get to experience riding in the special cable car.  At the time that we were there, there's a 15% discount if you pay with an American Express credit card.

So this is what makes the Crystal Cabin so special... A see-through glass floor!  Definitely not for those afraid of heights.

The cable car journey is almost 6 kilometers long from Tung Chung Town Center to Ngong Ping Village.  Per way takes about 25 minutes.  Views that can be seen from the cable car are the Hong Kong International Airport, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, and the South China Sea.

We stopped at Ngong Ping Village where all the restaurants and shops are.

First on the agenda is lunch at AOK Hong Kong Cafe.

I got the Barbecue Pork Tossed Noodle (HKD85/$10).  I would have preferred the other type of noodle but our server didn't understand me.  The pork is good but the noodles are just ok.

T got the Shrimp Wonton Noodle (HKD60/$8).  I like this kind of noodles better.

I also got BBQ Pork Buns (HKD30/$4).  This is good and tasty.

T also got Pork Dumplings (HKD40/$5).

On the way to see the Tian Tan Buddha, we passed the Bodhi Wishing Shrine.  A wishing card can be redeemed with any purchase of at least HKD150 ($19.50) in any of the souvenir shops in Ngong Ping Village.

Ara was scared that we wouldn't see the Tian Tan Buddha because of the fog but when we got nearer, it's very visible!

There's a separate ticket to be purchased at the entry point to see the Tian Tan Buddha. Be sure to stretch your legs first because there are 268 steps to climb before your each the top.

The Tian Tan Buddha is the largest seated outdoor bronze statue in the world.

There are six bronze statues kneeling below the Tian Tan Buddha.  They are known as the Six Devas or "mother Buddha".  Each of the deva offers flowers, incense, a lamp, ointment, fruit, and music symbolizing charity, precepts, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom.  Here's two of them.

The right hand of the Tian Tan Buddha is held up as a "Fear-Not mudra".  It symbolizes the vow to eliminate suffering from all beings.  The left hand on the Buddha's thigh palm facing out and fingers slight pointing downwards is known as the "Wish-Granting mudra".  It symbolizes the vow to grant happiness to all men.

Here is another deva offering fruits.

Each Tian Tan Buddha ticket includes water and ice cream to be claimed at a store located at the top. This became Ara's motivation to climb all of those steps :D

The ticket also includes free entrance to a three-storey exhibit below the Buddha.  The exhibit features the Buddha relic which is believed to be part of Buddha's remains when he reached Nirvana 2,500 years ago.  The only other countries that have Buddha relics are China and Sri Lanka.

After our Ngong Ping tour, we went back to TST and ate at Ebeneezer's.  I usually don't like eating in places that do not serve local dishes when we travel but Gene swears this restaurant is good.  Plus, I was dying of hunger so anywhere near our hotel would be a good option.

And Gene was right!  The food is really good.  T got the Donar Kebab (HKD75/$10) which is roasted tender lamb served in Lebanese pita.  T said he liked it a lot.

Ara got the Tandoori Chicken Tikka (HKD70/$9) which I mostly finished.  Back story is that while we were ordering, Ara decided last and ordered the same thing I did.  But then she changed her mind and told the server to cancel her order.  The server thought all Chicken Kebabs were canceled so he canceled mine as well.  We didn't know that I didn't have any food until I followed it up because everyone was almost done eating.  I seriously wanted to cry during that moment but I didn't have any energy left.

There are tons of different dips and sauces to choose from.  These are the three best ones according to Gene and Di.

Finally, my order came.. Chicken Tikka Kebab which is Tandoori boneless chicken served in Lebanese pita bread.  Thankfully, the kebab is good and after eating, I was alive and functioning again :D

Last on our agenda for the day is Mongkok, particularly Fa Yuen Street.

Fa Yuen is known as Sneaker Street because of the great number of shops that sell, well, sneakers.

Look at T who is all smiles.

Here is Ara who is very happy with her purchases also.

I don't know what these are but if you can see my reflection in one of the glass jars, you'll know how I feel about them.

On the way back to the hotel, I just had to pass by my favorite drink shop (read my blog post about Hui Lau Shan).

I also got my sister a Hello Kitty plush from Mc Donald's.

When we got back to our hotel room, I panicked.  Oh my.  Packing woes up ahead!

Ngong Ping 360

Lantau Island
Hong Kong


Contact Information

Ground Floor
Multifield Plaza
3-7A Prat Avenue
Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong

Tel No. +652 3622-3622

Operating Hours

Monday to Thursday
10:00am - 6:00am

Friday to Saturday
10:00am - 7:00am

10:00am - 6:00pm

1 comment

  1. Reading through your HK posts and it's all making my hungryyyyyyy!


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