Mention Hong Kong and the first thing that comes to mind is the stunning skyline and the bustling city life. But did you know that Hong Kong also houses plenty of nature spots to explore? Thanks to its mountainous landscape – a trip to Hong Kong won’t be complete without witnessing its stunning natural beauty.

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First-time visitors will no doubt be overwhelmed by the sheer number of “must-visits” around the city, so why not start with the iconic Ngong Ping? Located far away from the skyscrapers and right over Lantau Island, this area offers unique nature and cultural experiences that you can’t miss out on. Here’s why we think you should add this attraction to your itinerary!

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1. Embark on Asia’s longest bi-cable car ride in a crystal cabin

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The best way to get to Ngong Ping is by an immersive cable car ride! Dubbed as Asia’s longest bi-cable aerial ride, the 25-minute journey offers panoramic views of the South China Sea and Lantau Island including the mountainous terrain and hiking trails.

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If that’s not enough, spice up your journey to the village by taking the Crystal Cabin cable car and feast your eyes on the boundless sea and the rolling grassland slopes right underneath your feet. It’s truly a remarkable experience but do book early on trusted booking platforms though, cabins are limited in quantity!

2. There’s halal food available!

Don’t worry about the availability of halal restaurants because there’s Ebeneezer’s Kebabs & Pizzeria just by the cable car station. This eatery has outlets all over Hong Kong and although the dishes are a little pricey compared to local street food, you can never go wrong with kebabs and pizzas 😛

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Finish your meal with a glass of refreshing soda and some chips. You’d need to fuel up especially when there’s a lot of walking 😉 If you’re coming with a bigger group, we recommend sharing the tandoori pizza!

Address: Shop No. 9A, Ngong Ping Village, Ngong Ping, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sat & Sun, 9:00am – 6:30pm.

Status: Halal-certified

3. Home to the second largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue in the world

As Ngong Ping is themed around the rich culture of Hong Kong, there are plenty of sights that celebrate the beauty of it – like the iconic Big Buddha. Standing at 112 feet, the statue is one of the largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statues in the world! Nestled on the hills of Lantau Island, do put on your walking shoes as you’ll have to climb 268 steps up to the Big Buddha! Not to worry, you may take some time (and lots of rest stops), but it’s definitely doable!

That’s not all – walk a little further and you’ll come across Po Lin Monastery, one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and home to many devout monks. This famous monastery is famed for its colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its beautiful garden is alive with flowery scents. There’s also a vegetarian restaurant inside!

4. One of the best places to buy traditional Hong Kong souvenirs

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If you’re looking for the best souvenirs from Hong Kong, you’ll find it at Ngong Ping too! The village is complete with souvenir shops ranging from trendy merchandise and exquisite art pieces made by the locals themselves.

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For a taste of the past, head over to HKLOVE – a souvenir shop that’s tailored for those who have a soft spot for nostalgic souvenirs like the iconic white red-white-blue bag that’s representative of the local culture. Or if you love Master Q (who doesn’t?), HKLove has that too! 😉

P.S. If you’re excited for a visit, find more information about Ngong Ping and purchase your tickets here.

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Click here to find out more information about Ngong Ping and prices to its attractions!

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5. Witness the lives of fishermen at Tai O Village

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On the west coast of Lantau Island, just 15 minutes bus ride from Ngong Ping, lies a quaint and picturesque fishing village that is Tai O. What’s special about this village is that it still retains the traditional way of life. Explore the narrow streets while you gaze upon the historic stilted houses. It’s no surprise that this is often called the ‘Venice of the Orient’!

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Don’t forget to visit the fish markets where you’ll find a wide range of dried seafood and traditional Hong Kong snacks available at each stall. However, as the stalls at Tai O are not halal-certified, we recommend checking with the vendors if non-halal ingredients (alcohol, gelatine, etc) are used!

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Given its nature as one of the few remaining fishing villages in Hong Kong and a rare example of a traditional Chinese community, Tai O doesn’t shy away from being an Instagrammable spot. Find the iconic carved folding gates which are rapidly disappearing in Hong Kong nowadays, and Tai O Village happens to be one of the places where you can still find them.

6. Exciting virtual reality and multimedia adventures at VR 360

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Once you’re done taking in the sights and sounds around Tai O, return to Ngong Ping Village and head over to VR360 where you’ll experience a whole new world! This unique virtual reality attraction promises an impressive blend of tourism, film, fashion and innovative technology. Using virtual reality, touch screens and motion-detecting technology, look forward to all six exciting VR adventures and multimedia games.

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Thrill seekers can definitely try Hong Kong’s first “High Altitude Ropeway Walk” that lets you go on a rescue mission by walking on the ropeway while removing obstacles. Sounds easy, but it’s definitely challenging! 😉 Young adults (aged 16 and above) can have a go at the “Hide & Seek With Wuba” game and look for Wuba around the busy streets of Hong Kong!

7. Witness the magical Snowy Christmas event around the village

Hong Kong may be too warm for snow but Christmas still looks amazing in Ngong Ping Village and you can witness it first-hand! From 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019, the village will transform into a Christmas wonderland that’s full of festive decorations and fluffy white snow!

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Try out exciting snow activities like creating your very own Snow Angel or ice-skating with your loved ones. It’s not Christmas if you don’t hit the ice rink 😛

8. Enjoy massive discounts up to 70% at Citygate Outlets

Your Ngong Ping adventure is not over yet. Head back to Tung Chung and make your way to Citygate Outlets for a final shopping spree! Shopping for branded goods doesn’t have to be expensive when you’re there.

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Most of the things here are permanently on 30%-70% discount, so that means you can get the best offers on over 90 international brands including Kate Spade, Armani, Adidas, and Nike! Stock up on designer fashion, sports equipment, shoes, beauty products and even children’s clothes and toys here. Now, you can also present your cable car ticket stub at Citygate Outlets’ Customer Service Counter to get a HK$100 Shopping Voucher! The offer is valid for both Standard and Crystal cabins. Promotion lasts until 31 December 2018, so don’t miss the chance!

So there you have it – if you thought you’d give Ngong Ping a miss, we hope we’ve changed your mind 😉 From must-visit attractions to the best entertainment and souvenirs, there’s no better time like the present to plan that Hong Kong getaway you’ve been wanting to take!

P.S. If you’re excited for a visit, find more information about Ngong Ping and purchase your tickets here.

Visit Ngong Ping now!

Click here to find out more information about Ngong Ping and prices to its attractions!

TAKE ME THERE!

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