Ngong Ping Village is one place you definitely have to visit when in Hong Kong. It’s such a different scene from the mainland’s bright lights, fast cars and concrete, glass & steel towers.

To get to the village, you can either take a cable car (the Ngong Ping 360) which is an experience on it’s own. It’s a see through car and as though that wasn’t enough, it offers panoramic views all the way up to the village. The journey lasts 1 hour though there is a shorter 25 minute option.

We didn’t have time to wait for the cable car (those queues can be quite crazy) and we had just a few hours before we had to head to the airport so we flagged a taxi down and took it all the way to the village (which is really really high!) Anyway, let’s get cracking with the things you  need to do and see –

First things first, as soon as you arrive check out this tree with what appears to be scrolls hanging from it. You have no choice really – it’s right at the entrance. Hehe!

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Check out the Big Buddha in the distance…

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Take a walk around the village and explore it in a lot more detail…

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You are high up in the clouds here and the clouds at this stage actually covered the Big Buddha – which is actually called Tian Tan Buddha…

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Finally, brace yourself for a climb up to the Big Buddha. It seems high and indeed it is but it’s a lot easier to climb than it looks…

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Look back at the village, looks quite mystical with the clouds covering it…

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Take a walk around the Big Bhudda…

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Look out for monks…

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Head off to explore more of the village on foot…

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Go to the Po Lin Monastery…

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Take in some of the sights while shopping for souvenirs…

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We decided to get hats (see below) and Chinese opera masks (not pictures). Those hats proved to be a challenge to pack in our luggage so I ended up wearing mine all the time while travelling to and from airports (even in London, Australia and Dubai)

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Finally we had to make our way to the airport and we bade Ngong Ping Village farewell and went to look for a taxi to take us to the airport…

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Instead, we found lots of cows in the car park, eventually a taxi did show up of course but we had cows to keep us company until it did! 🙂Things To Do In Lantau Island, Hong Kong (2)

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