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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is a two-way gondola lift service that connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping of the Lantau Island. Most visitors aboard the cable cars near the Tung Chung MTR (railway) station next to the Citygate Outlet and departs at the Ngong Ping Village.

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Since it's completion in 2006, Ngong Ping 360 offers an alternative to the existing bus services that departs at Tung Chung. The admission of Ngong Ping 360 is rather expensive; but visitors are rewarded with an amazing scenic views on a clear day.

The Hong Kong International Airport from an Ngong Ping 360 cable car

Once aboard the cable cars, visitors can admire the scale of this engineering project. Due to its unusual location and its constructions approach, the safety of Ngong Ping 360 has always been in media's attention. Fortunately, there has been no injuries reported. However, the cable car service is unavailable on windy days or under extreme weather.

Our first ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car was on a cool spring morning. It was so foggy and we were unable to see anything through the glass windows for most of the journey. Our second visit to the Ngong Ping Village via Ngong Ping 360 was on a hot summer day. We paid extra to ride on the Crystal Cabin and were rewarded with an amazingly green view on the clear day.
 
Glass Bottom of the Crystal Cabin

Compared to the Strand Cabin, the Crystal Cabin of Ngong Ping 360 has a glass bottom, offering a bird-eye view in addition to the 360 horizontal view of the Lantau Island.

Nearby Hotels:
Regal Airport Hotel Hong Kong
Hong Kong Skycity Marriott Hotel
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Novotel Citygate Hong Kong

More attractions on the Lantau Island