Before 2006, the only way to Lantau Island was via a mountain road and a two-hour bus ride. The last time I visited was with my family about a decade ago, so I was surprised to see the area packed with tourists waiting to take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car.
As a person who is afraid of heights, it was an interesting experience. If you’re brave, you can pay extra to ride in a clear cable car!
Ngong Ping Village
After a 25-minute ride, we arrived at Ngong Ping Village. As I walked the path, I was shocked to see an Ox wandering along.
It turns out that it wasn’t something out of the ordinary, the animals here roam about looking for food. Some signs cautioned visitors not to approach or feed the cattle.
But of course, in a place packed with tourists, there was someone who tried to take a selfie with a wild animal.
Tian Tan Buddha
The Tian Tan Buddha at 112 feet tall is one of the world’s largest outdoor bronze Buddha statues.
Unfortunately, I didn’t travel light. I had my large camera and a purse stuffed with an umbrella and water bottles.
The people around me seemed comfortable in t-shirts and shorts, while I had on long sleeves and pants.
But in my defense, the weather in Hong Kong is fickle. It had rained that morning, and by the time we got to Lantau Island, it was hot and humid.
I ended up taking several breaks on my 268 step journey to the top. But after much huffing and puffing, I made it!
In the midst of taking pictures, an old man started talking to me in Spanish. I learned he was visiting from Colombia with his family.
He proceeded to tell me about how it was disrespectful of us to be taking pictures of the Buddha. I didn’t voice my disagreement, but it was an interesting conversation nonetheless.
View From The Top
It was incredible to see Lantau Island from the Buddha’s point of view. My family and I spent some time enjoying the scenery before we went in search for a restroom.
Just know that if you travel to Hong Kong in the summer, you’re going to have to stay hydrated. The more drinks you consume, the more time you’ll spend looking for a restroom.
Tai O Fishing Village
At that point in our trip we were hungry, so we boarded a bus that took us to the Tai O Fishing Village.
The driver sped down the mountain road as if he were in Fast and the Furious. Fortunately, we made it to the village in one piece where we had lunch at a quaint restaurant.
We ate at Tai O because the restaurants in Ngong Ping Village are over priced due to the tourists.
If you can, I would suggest taking the short bus ride for lunch. The food was affordable and delicious!
After lunch, we checked out some historic buildings and bought food from street vendors.
I had the best Pandan herb waffles cooked right before my eyes!
When we finished exploring, we went back to Ngong Ping Village to see if we could squeeze in a bit more sightseeing.
We didn’t have much time to see the Po Lin Monastery as we had to get back to the cable cars which closed at 6 pm.
As our trip came to an end, I was glad to have had the luxury to visit one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Lantau Island flourished with nature, culture, beauty, and history.