On July 16, 2014 I embarked on my journey to Hong Kong with American Airlines. I was a media guest to test their new service from Dallas International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport. Opinions and thoughts are my own.
In addition The Hong Kong Tourism Board accommodated my attractions during my visit to experience some of the unique things that Hong Kong offers for the tourist.
During my first visit to Hong Kong in the month of April one of the most recommended tourist attractions I was constantly told to check out and visit was the Ngong Ping 360 Cable cars because it’s considered one of the most visited attractions in Hong Kong. Due to the strict and busy schedule I had on my first visit I was not able to and was rather bummed about it. Fast forward a few months later and I made my way back to Hong Kong via Dallas Forth Worth International airport to fly American Airlines newest route. I was also excited because the great staff at the Hong Kong Tourism board accommodated and planned the attractions during my visit – When I looked at the itinerary I saw that the Ngong Ping Cable Cars was on the list and was excited to finally experience what many told me to check out.
Ngong Ping 360 is located at least 35 minutes away from downtown Hong Kong and it’s right by Hong Kong International airport. If you’ve got the time, make this one of your main priorities to visit this exciting and popular attraction. We made our way to the attraction around 9:00am and we arrived by 9:30am. Traffic was calm and the ride was pleasant and better yet, the sun was shining.
Arriving At the Ngong Ping Village
Shortly after arrival – You will find some stairs that will take you to the walkway towards the ticketing counter. At the time, there was no line and it was very calm. Follow the sign that indicated Ngong Ping Cable Cars.
Arriving at the ticketing counter – The were was no lines and they have a total of 18 ticketing windows. The good thing about this is that they offer Advanced ticketing or online booking process, so you can purchase your tickets ahead of time and simply pick them up at the ticketing counter and skip the line because they have it separated from the rest of the counters. This will save you long wait time in line and speed up the process for you. Within the ticketing section you will also find a snack and refreshment stand where you can purchase anything you would like to buy prior to getting on board the Cable cars.
Ticketing Counter & it’s surroundings
Once you have your ticket – You can make your way to the respective lines wether you are riding the crystal clear cable car or the regular car, you will have to get in line for the one you selected to do. The process goes pretty fast when there no is line and I am sure it gets tedious when there is a long wait. The staff on duty were all were very friendly, kind and attentive and made themselves available for anything we needed during the attractions. Make sure you keep your ticket at all times because you will need that ticket on the return as well, so keep it on a secure spot at all times as it will be requested from the staff.
If you are wanting to use the toilet before you board the cable car – I would highly recommend it because the ride is about 20 minutes long. You will be able to find the washroom within the line section towards the Cable Cars.
Ngong Ping Village car boarding line & Signs – Things to keep in mind
- Standard Cable Cabin – Blue Line
- Crystal Cable Cabin – Green Line
Waiting to be called to board the Cable Car – The staff will let you know when to go. They keep it very clean and everything was organized nicely. They will also take a photo when you board the car, it is not mandatory to buy it, but if you like it and would like to purchase it, you will be able to buy it / see it when you reach the final stop of the ride.
Now for the adventure & the beautiful scenery from the cars – You will be able to see Hong Kong largest Island known as Lantau Island and getting to see the beautiful greenery of Hong Kong from above. If you are an AVGeek fanatic, the airport can be seen from the cable cars and you will have a clear view of the planes taking off and landing which was one of my favorite things to see as I was enjoying the ride. Within the Cable Car you will also be able to see the Big Buddha, another popular and well known attraction in Hong Kong that can be accessed by doing this attraction and also, getting to experience the Village where the Chinese Tea Culture can be experienced – But I will get to that on a later blog post, for now lets focus on the Cable Cars.
Scenery visuals from the cars
Bottom line & Final thoughts
- The Ngong Ping Cable cars is one of the best and coolest tourist attractions I did during my trip to Hong Kong, the fact that I can enjoy the scenery from above, seeing Lantau Island and getting a different point of view of Hong Kong scenery is mind blowing. The attraction was fun and exciting. It was windy that day so the cable car kept rocking from side to side, it felt like a roller coaster but the safety was 100%.
- Within the Ngong Ping Village you will get to experience other popular landmarks and attractions like the Big Buddha, The Village and the Chinese Tea Culture. It feels like we are totally in a different town because of how big everything was and everything it offers.
- To see the Big Buddha is free of charge and theres no “fee” to pay, so you are also getting that included when you purchase your ticket on the Ngong Ping Cable Cars. However, the Chinese Tea Culture there is a charge but its totally worth it and I am looking forward to covering that for you all in the near future.
- Within the Village you will find restaurants and souvenir shops as well if you are wanting to purchase a few items from Hong Kong.
- Within the Village you will also find a few famous Temples and seeing the Buddhist culture
- Overall this is a must do attraction and I highly recommend it. I would repeat this attraction when I visit Hong Kong again.
- Please, keep in mind to get there early so you can avoid the big lines I saw on my way out from the attraction (see image below).
- For more info on the attraction visit the following link: (Ngong Ping Village – More information)