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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ngong Ping (昂坪), Hong Kong

My Hong Kong trip last year are mostly about food, I never really visited any tourist attraction. After I got to know from Jane that there is a mall in Tung Chung that consists from factory outlet shops of well known brand, I decided to go there with Aaron and Ray whom both are in Hong Kong too.

Saw Zaku and Gundam man-size model in the MTR station when we are walking to Hong Kong station from transit.

We passed by Hong Kong Disneyland station before reaching Tung Chung. That's the MTR to transit to Disneyland.

It's very easy to come to Tung Chung. Just take the Hong Kong line MTR from Hong Kong station and Tung Chung is the final station. Look for the exit to Citygate Outlets.

In Citygate Outlets you'll be able to find factory outlet shops for well known brand such as A/X, Calvin Klein, Coach, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Quiksilver, and others that are selling out of season items from their brand. You'll might find discounted item of up to 80% here. So, it's a very good bargain hunting ground.

Coach Factory Outlet some of the bag are selling at 30% discount.

At first, we came here just for bargain hunting but when we reached Tung Chung we found out that we can go up to Ngong Ping using the cable car from the Ngong Ping Cable Car station just walking distance from Tung Chung station. So, we decided to take the cable car to go see the big Buddha in Po Lin Monastery.

A round trip for the cable car cost about HKD 157 per adult. You can add HKD 50 more to experience the Crystal Cabin which the floor of the cable car is transparent so that you can view what's below of you. We opted for the normal cabin because it is very foggy that day. There are also other package that cost cheaper when you buy in one like a package that include the Monkey's Tale theater. Check out all the pricing on the website.

Queuing up to board the cable car.

It is very foggy, so there's not much to see on the cable car. You'll be able to see Chek Lap Kok International Airport just a few minutes after you board the cable car to go up. Be sure to take the brochure where there's map that marked interesting site to see during the traveling on the cable car.

It takes about 20 minutes to reach the top. Before you stop, be sure to pose for the camera because you picture will be taken and you can buy it from the counter up there. You'll be able to see souvenir shops and restaurants located in building designed based on traditional Chinese architecture.

That's a tea shop behind me.

You can make a wish by writing ur wish behind the wooden plate. I think they learn this from Japanese temple.

To go to the big Buddha, you'll have to walk about 1KM. You'll pass some grocery stores that sell tao fu fah (flower beancurd) made from water from the mountain. There's actually a village up here.

I bought a bottle of warm Vitasoy before I walked up to the big Buddha.

There's many steps but I think Batu Caves has more.

Take picture half way up the steps.

Finally, I've reached the top.

View from the top.

Ngong Ping is really worth a visit. The air up there is so fresh and you can try out the 山水豆腐花 too. Also you'll be able to do some exercise when you walk up to the Buddha. We got back down and did a quick shopping in Citygate Outlets. I bought a pair of Reebok running shoes which cost me only HKD 195.

We then took the MTR back to Tsim Sha Tsui and had beef brisket noodle for dinner.


Wen Pink said...

Ngo Ping San!!! I've been there before tooo! :D

Simon Seow said...

Wen Pink: nice right?

Anonymous said...

yerr...envy envy..
i wan go also..DISNEYLAND!!

Simon Seow said...

joyce: go make your passport first lah lol

ai wei said...

time to save money liaozzz

Simon Seow said...

ai wei: yeah, fast fast save lol

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