Hong Kong debuts Asia’s biggest cableway
THE biggest cableway in Asia, Ngong Ping 360, a dynamic new tourism experience in Hong Kong, opened to the public on September 18.
“Ngong Ping 360 is a world-class tourist attraction whose opening represents a milestone in the development of Hong Kong’s tourism industry. It will become one of Hong Kong’s must-do attractions,” said managing director of Ngong Ping 360 Bill Calderwood.
Located on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, Ngong Ping 360 combines a stunning 5.7-km cable car journey with an impressive cultural-themed village and easy access to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, the world’s largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Buddha statue. The journey lasts about 25 minutes and takes passengers to spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of North Lantau Country Park, the South China Sea, Tung Chung Bay and the Hong Kong International Airport.
Adjacent to the Ngong Ping Skyrail Terminal at the summit, the 1.5 hectare Ngong Ping Village is designed in traditional Chinese style and makes the perfect ambience for the plethora of dining, retail and entertainment experiences on offer. It incorporates several major themed attractions: Walking with Buddha, outlining the life of Siddhartha Gautama; Monkey’s Tale Theatre, based on one of the folk Jataka tales; and the Ngong Ping Tea House, an attraction based on Hong Kong’s tea culture and operated by Wing Wah, one of Hong Kong’s oldest caterers.
The village is home to a variety of eateries and a diverse range of themed retail outlets, as well as an oriental massage centre for ultimate relaxation.
Tickets are available for a variety of packages. The Journey of Enlightenment Package combines access and entry to the complete range of Ngong Ping 360’s components for HK$145 ($18.6) per adult and HK$75 per child on normal days.