Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ngong Ping Village, Hong Kong

When fog takes over Ngong Ping Village, you're transported into a dreamland. Mui Wo is a rustic rural town (population 6,000) at the eastern side of Lantau Island, accessible by boat from Central's ferry terminal. From Silver Mine Beach, I was the bus' only passenger (HK$17.20).

Ngong Ping Village is a specially designed community that's "culturally themed" to reflect the settlements around Ngong Ping area. Set on a 1.5 hectare land, up the Lantau hills, this artificial village is home to the cable car and the Tian Tian Buddha statue (the famed big Buddha up the hill). From here, you can take the cable car back to "civilization". I have to say, though, that if you want to maximize the awe-inspiring views during your cable car ride (roughly worth HK$105 for the standard cabin and $190 for the crystal cabin), visit early in the day and avoid late afternoons - or you will hardly see anything during your descent.

This is the Eye in the Sky!

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