Big Buddha in Hong Kong, the Path of Wisdom and trekking on Lantau Island

If you are in Hong Kong, besides Victoria Peak be sure to visit the island of Lantau (Lantau)and climb to the tourist village of Ngong Ping to the Big Buddha. What is there so interesting? In fact, this place is quite a tourist, but - it is very beautiful there because of the mountainous terrain. Five minutes walk from Tung Chung subway and you get to the cable car station (Ngong Ping Cable Car), from where you climb almost to the top, and already during the ascent you can begin to admire the mountain landscapes, the sea, taking off by planes from Cheklapkok airport and height. Since the ascent takes about half an hour, there will be enough time, and take a photo, and plenty to see enough.

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Ngong Ping - Ngong Ping Cable Car Cableway

In principle, I have already said everything above her. The rise takes about half an hour, there are different types of booths, for me a very worthwhile event, both because of the types, and because of the process itself.

The queue at the cashier to the cable car Ngong Ping

The queue at the cashier to the cable car Ngong Ping

Our people in Hong Kong - though landing and wrong, but ergoryzkak

Our people in Hong Kong - though landing and wrong, but ergoryzkak

Everything is written in braille for the blind!

Everything is written in braille for the blind!

During the landing in the cabin, a photo is required, above will be ready

During the landing in the cabin, a photo is required, above will be ready

Crystal Cabine with clear bottom

Crystal Cabine with clear bottom

Food in the booth to the top

Food in the booth to the top

From the window views of Hong Kong

From the window views of Hong Kong

Hong Kong Cheklapkok Airport

Hong Kong Cheklapkok Airport

Already the Big Buddha appeared

Already the Big Buddha appeared

Ngong Ping and Big Buddha

Caught on a mountain plateau, you fall intoNgong Ping Themed Village Personally, it turned out there was nothing for me to do, since it was just a few cafes, shops with clothes and souvenirs, so I immediately went to the statue of Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha), sitting on a lotus flower, and to which 268 steps lead. They say it is difficult to rise, but I would not say, can only if a person is completely aged or has health problems, besides, you can always relax. Parallel to the stairs there is a gentle ascent for wheelchair users, I now constantly pay attention to such things and I am glad. The height of the figure itself is 34 meters, it is cast from bronze in parts, its weight is 250 tons, it is one of the largest statues in the world. It is difficult to walk past, it will be visible from afar from the cable car, and then also not to hide from it. But everywhere there are signs, if you suddenly get lost. From the site where the Big Buddha sits, bonus views will open to the southern part of Lantau Island for those who have come here. Around the mountains, lyapota, I recommend!

Ngong Ping and Big Buddha

Ngong Ping and Big Buddha

Make a wish at the tangerine tree

Make a wish at the tangerine tree

All Asians terribly love to be photographed

All Asians terribly love to be photographed

800 rub boots

800 rub boots

Small exhibition of cabins from other cableways

Small exhibition of cabins from other cableways

And hats for workers are the same everywhere

And hats for workers are the same everywhere

Long staircase to the Big Buddha

Long staircase to the Big Buddha

Signs on arm and chest

Signs on arm and chest

Around the Big Buddha 6 virgins, symbolizing the 6 qualities of a Buddhist

Around the Big Buddha 6 virgins, symbolizing the 6 qualities of a Buddhist

Around the mountains and such beautiful trees

Around the mountains and such beautiful trees

New trend - take pictures on the tablet

New trend - take pictures on the tablet

Beauty around

Beauty around

Inside the statue is a temple, where it seems likeparts of the real Buddha are kept, and that is why Buddhists from all over the world flow here. It is felt that the place is namolennoe, despite the large flow of tourists, and here somehow in a special way is good and easy. You forget that there is very close big and noisy hong kong.

Path of Wisdom

Next to the statue of the Giant Buddha isBuddhist monastery Po Lin (Po Lin Monastery), acting and highly revered. I was in a hurry and went on to the Wisdom Path. It represents a figure-eight path (a symbol of infinity), along which there are 38 huge wooden pillars 10 meters in height (half-trunks of trees) with Chinese hieroglyphs carved on them. These inscriptions are the Heart Sutra, an ancient mantra with Buddhist wisdom. I think it would be easier for Buddhists to appreciate this path, it looks unusual, but I expected a little different.

By the road an old house almost ate the forest

By the road an old house almost ate the forest

The Path of Wisdom in Nong Ping

The Path of Wisdom in Nong Ping

10 meter wooden poles

10 meter wooden poles

Top stapled so as not to fall apart

Top stapled so as not to fall apart

Heart Sutra on the Pillars of the Path of Wisdom

Heart Sutra on the Pillars of the Path of Wisdom

Path of Wisdom (Wisdom Path)

Path of Wisdom (Wisdom Path)

Path of Wisdom Diagram - total 38 pillars

Path of Wisdom Diagram - total 38 pillars

Stunning views of Lantau Island

Stunning views of Lantau Island

The path of wisdom in the form of eight

The path of wisdom in the form of eight

Civilized trekking

As I understand it, usually many people end up on this trip to Ngong Ping, however, it’s possible to say that the mountains are strewn with trekking trails, like Victoria Peak. Therefore, if there is a desire in comfortabletry out the conditions (the paths are fairly level and there are maps and pointers everywhere) mountain walks and wander through the jungle, then here is the place and time. Of course, real tracking will be far away, but I am sure that the light version is no less interesting. Here it is Hong Kong! Thats rolled into concretethen natural hiking.

There are really a lot of routes, ranging froma small circle around Ngong Ping (I had a chance to run), ending at the intersection of the whole island with an overnight stay in a tent. Therefore, it is often practiced to buy a ticket on the cable car only up and down with legs. I am very sorry that I unknowingly bought a ticket right back and forth, and came to Nong Ping after noon - I managed to get dark and it was no longer up to descent on foot. However, nothing prevents me from returning here somehow again with my family, plenty of time and a tent to hang on the island of Lantau for a couple of days and go through it all.

Lantau Trail - go around Ngong Ping

Lantau Trail - go around Ngong Ping

Some trees are signed

Some trees are signed

Camping - tent places near the Big Buddha

Camping - tent places near the Big Buddha

All around are mountains - Lantau Island

All around are mountains - Lantau Island

Stone steps are made in many places for the convenience of the hikers.

Stone steps are made in many places for the convenience of the hikers.

Dead snake on the way

Dead snake on the way

Through the jungle

Through the jungle

View of the whole Ngong Ping and the Big Buddha

View of the whole Ngong Ping and the Big Buddha

The tracks in the mountains are numbered.

The tracks in the mountains are numbered.

Hong Kong people have created good conditions for leisuredifferent taste despite the fact that they have little space for this. Lantau Island is one of such examples, where, and to package tourists, there will be something to do, and for lovers of walks and starry sky.

Ngong Ping cable car at sunset

Ngong Ping cable car at sunset

The descent to the Tung Chung station is already dark.

The descent to the Tung Chung station is already dark.

Hong Kong's Love Story at the Fountain

Hong Kong's Love Story at the Fountain

Information to visit Ngong Ping and Big Buddha

Ngong Ping official website - www.np360.com.hk

The opening hours of the cable car are from 10:00 to 18:00 on regular days, and from 9:30 to 18:30 on weekends. That is, the descent it closes at 18-18: 30 and you need to come on time, otherwise you will then have to stomp on foot, or go by bus / taxi.

The cost of a round-trip ticket: 150 HKD, children 75 HKD in a regular cabin, and if it is with a glass floor (crystal cabin), then 235 HKD and 160 HKD, respectively.
One way ticket: 105 HKD and children's 53 HKD in a standard cabin, with glass floor - 165 HKD and 113 HKD.

There is also the so-called package, when in the ticketincludes, for example, bus delivery to the fishing village of Tai O (Tai O). There is a small bus station upstairs, from where these buses go. The ticket can be booked in advance on the website and not stand in line. I stood about half an hour, they say it happens longer. There is also a second line for boarding, but all go to the cabin with a glass floor.

The cable car station (Cable car) is 5 minutes from the Tung Chung Metro (Tung Chung Line, subway map of hong kong), this is the ultimate. There are other ways to get to Ngong Ping. For example, on bus 23, which is significantly cheaper. The bus stop is located near the exit of the metro.

Inside the Big Buddha can only be reached fora separate fee. There are not many people who want to, as there is nothing to see there. Here you can also eat vegetarian food for 70 HKD and 110 HKD, the price is not very budget.

The cost of food in cafes Ngong Ping about 40-60HKD (160-240 rubles) and more per plate. I ate curry rice with vegetables for 40 HKD. Magnetic costs 35 HKD (140 rubles). The boots in the store surprised me with their cheapness - only 200 HKD (800 rub), maybe they are some kind of disposable.

At the top and bottom of the cable car station free wifi is caught. True, if there are a lot of people in the queue, it’s not a fact that it will work normally.

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