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Hong Kong Travel

Lost in Hong Kong: Day 4 –Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery

Ngong Ping 360 Big Buddha Po Lin Temple; Richel Goes Places

Ngong Ping 360 Big Buddha Po Lin Temple; Richel Goes Places

Last day in Hong Kong! Time flies when you’re having fun (and away from any responsibilities like work). I have to admit that I don’t want to leave the place. I ended up loving Hong Kong’s quirks and was already looking forward to my next visit.

We only had one destination for the day (Lantau Island) so it was pretty chill but we were packed and ready to go by 7 AM. The staff at the hostel advised us to just leave our baggage at our lockers near our destination since it’s only minutes away from the airport rather than circling back to the hostel just to pick it up. Really good advice! We might have missed our flight if we circled back to the hostel.

Crystal Cabin Cable Car

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Waiting for our ride; a cable car with glass flooring.

There are two ways to reach Lantau Island. You could either take the bus or the cable car route. We opted for the later. There are also two types of cable car rides: the standard and crystal cabin one. Just for the sake of something different, we decided to choose the crystal cabin one. Perks are: 1. way shorter lines, 2. less time to waste, and 3. good views from the glass flooring. Whatever type you choose, you get 25 minutes of the ride to relax and enjoy Hong Kong from above.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Featuring Hello Kitty.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

View going back to the main Hong Kong island.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

View going back to Hong Kong island. Again. Glad the fog cleared up a bit.

Ngong Ping 360 Big Buddha Po Lin Temple; Richel Goes Places

Cable car-ing our way to heaven.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

A bit of rain, thus the foggy weather.

We didn’t anticipate the weather, though. Before riding the cable car, we saw signs about a weather warning. We just didn’t realize just foggy it was. We kept joking that we were actually on the way to heaven since everything is just so white. It was literally pitch white for a good ten minutes of the ride.

Ngong Ping 360 (Cable Car) is open from 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM on weekends.

Lantau Island/ Ngong Ping Village

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

First look at Ngong Ping 360.

Stepping foot at Lantau Island, it looks like we were on a post-apocalyptic movie set as there is fog everywhere! You can’t see ten meters ahead of you! You can also see your self breathing – which we shamelessly admit being amazed too. Hee hee.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

It gave me ghost town vibes. Or maybe zombie vibes.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

This is seriously how it looks like in real life!

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Holla, Yuna. Glad we can still see you in the pic.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Hello Kitty. You’re so pretty.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Looks like we just photoshopped our background so it looks foggy.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Ghost town version 2.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Ghost town version 3.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Hello, Syd!

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Pretty art works!

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Walking towards heaven this time?

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

I wish Danica went with us. At least she knows Chinese.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

I feel like we all look the same now.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Warriors? Ish?

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

On our way to Big Buddha. Or at least, trying to not be lost.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

These are sacred to their religion so they can roam freely around the place.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Dogs are also roaming freely around the place.

Po Lin Monastery

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Second Buddhist temple we’ve been to on this trip.

Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery and is one of the main attractions at Lantau Island.  The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Heading into the main temple.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

I forgot what these guys represent… Sorry!

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

Flowers, flowers, flowers.

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This is the stairways that lead to the main temple. Yuna not included.

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Since it feels like these Russian guys were with us during the entire Ngong Ping trip, I figured I’d put a photo of them here as well. Please let them not see this post.

Big Buddha

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

The Tian Tian Buddha is being shy. Yuna is not.

You’d think that after going up almost 300 steps, we’d catch a break. Nope. Only our buddy Buddha’s feet can be seen from up here as well. Way too foggy of a day to visit.

Ngong Ping 360, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery; Richel Goes Places

These guys surround the Tian Tian Buddha.

Did I regret visiting Lantau Island while it was that foggy? No, not really. It was our first time to really visit a place where the fog hits the street so it was a unique experience – and I’m all about the unique experience! Hopefully next time I visit, it won’t be this foggy. This concluded my daily recounting of my Hong Kong trip. All that’s left is the review of the guesthouse we stayed in and the itinerary and budget for the 4D3N trip!

Will I come back to Hong Kong? Yep!

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    jezel kumipx
    August 10, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Hi Ma’am, we are palnning to go in Hongkong by next month
    i read your blog about your travel and its pretty much cool. my question is how you organize your remaining time just to go and visit NGONG PING before headback to manila?.. Advise naman po 🙂 thanks!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      August 12, 2017 at 4:28 PM

      Hi Jezel! I would advice packing your stuff the night before. We checked out of the hostel around 8:30 AM and went straight to the Citygate Outlets. We made sure to put our baggage in a locker because it’ll be a big hassle to bring it with you to Ngong Ping. After that, we immediately lined up to ride the cable car. Lines for the regular ones can get pretty long compared to the crystal cabin. After that, we just explored Lantau Island on foot. I would suggest alotting around 4-5 hours for Ngong Ping including the cable car rides. The roundtrip cable car ride is already 1 hour long. Then it’s just a ten minutes ride from Citygate to the airport! Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  • Reply
    Shayne
    April 2, 2016 at 2:26 AM

    Gorgeous photos! What camera did you use? I like how moody everything looks.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 2, 2016 at 10:09 AM

      I only used my iPhone 5S and post-processed on VSCO! Thanks, Shayne! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jean S. Ramos
    March 31, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Amazing photos 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 31, 2016 at 5:07 PM

      Thank you, Jean. 🙂

  • Reply
    Anca
    March 30, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Wow, it looks amazing even with the fog. Such an interesting place to visit, I would love to see it too.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 30, 2016 at 5:44 PM

      It gives an eerie feeling to the place and it works since it’s like a historical/cultural one! 🙂

  • Reply
    Tara-Chan
    March 30, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Thanks for sharing your this part of your trip. It’s a shame the weather turned to rain and all! Still, though, I enjoyed seeing your photos of Hong Kong. I don’t know much about the place, so thanks for enlightening me!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM

      You’re welcome, Tara! Glad to share a quick preview of Hong Kong for you guys. 🙂 It didn’t really rain. The droplets are from the moisture of the fog of the cable car. Really glad it didn’t rain since not one of us have umbrellas! Haha!

  • Reply
    Akaleistar
    March 30, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Those foggy pictures are so cool! Sounds like a fun time 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      It was. Thanks for dropping by, Akaleistar! 🙂

  • Reply
    Jackie Harrison
    March 29, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    What a memorable trip. Beautiful images!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM

      Thank you, Jackie!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Yuka
    March 29, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    Looks so foggy! But lovely photos 🙂 I was in Hong Kong a few years ago for a school trip with 3 of my friends and we loved it!

    Was just blog hopping and found yours! I love finding Filipina bloggers Hihi, I’m half Filipino myself. Half Japanese but raised in Singapore! have you been to either Singapore or Japan? xxx

    http://www.erdalandyuka.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

      Thanks! Your school trip sounds so cool!
      I’ve been to Singapore a lot of times already and I’m coming back this April! I’m still working on Japan though. Airplane tickets are so expensive. Hahahaha.

  • Reply
    DiagonSally
    March 29, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    I’d actually love to experinece being up in a cable car during a storm, so exciting! It’s such an amazing trip in my opinion. My mum said back in the day she’d have to hike her way up to Lantau Island. It’s crazy foggy, when I went it was scorching hot, climbing all those stairs!

    Sally – DiagonSally

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      Richel V.
      March 29, 2016 at 4:29 PM

      We’ve seen the path on the hike up to Lantau Island. I’m 101% sure I can’t do it. Kudos to your mom! I guess that’s the advantage. It wasn’t hot when we were climbing all those stairs, haha! But we still end up taking rests in between.

  • Reply
    Cat
    March 29, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    Cable car is a cool way to get there! I would opt for the crystal one too, especially if it gets you better views. I like the photo when you are going back to Hong Kong island and the fog cleared up a bit.

    That’s crazy how foggy it is. It definitely gives a different atmosphere and look to the place! The monastery is beautiful. I really love visiting Chinese temples, and those large Buddha statues are amazing. I will have to check it out if I’m ever in Hong Kong again!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 29, 2016 at 12:24 PM

      That’s because it was facing mainland. When you’re facing the Lantau Island side, it’s all fog. Hahaha! It definitely gave a different place to the Island and the fog didn’t stop the tourists/locals to visit the place!

  • Reply
    geri
    March 29, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    hong kong is on my bucket list. i hope to visit it one day. great pics. until then i will live vicariously through your photos.

    xoxo,
    geri

    http://everydaylivingnyc.blogspot.com/

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 29, 2016 at 12:21 PM

      Thank you! And I hope you do get to visit. It’s a lovely place! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mira
    March 29, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    I have never seen any posts about Hong Kong (apart from yours of course!) so that was really interesting to read – the monastery looks beautiful and I think it’s pretty cool that cows can run around freely haha. The town really looks like a ghost town, that must have been a crazy experience. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 29, 2016 at 8:41 AM

      The cows just running around freely kind of scared me – since they always seem to be walking towards our direction! Hahaha!

  • Reply
    surbhi
    March 29, 2016 at 1:59 AM

    wow, seems like foggy and rainy, but u really enjoyed a lot. I miss HK. Miss the Big Buddha .

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 29, 2016 at 8:40 AM

      I think the fog just made drops on the cable car but it didn’t actually rain. Thank God because we didn’t bought an umbrella! Haha!

  • Reply
    Kandice
    March 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Those are really beautiful places I never thought Hongkong had. Except for the cable car, I wanted to try it out, but then I didn’t know how to get to it. My mother also said, it’s a little bit boring. I will try it out when I get a chance

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 29, 2016 at 8:39 AM

      Cable car’s the fastest way to get to it. It’s not that boring if you have friends with you. We were pretty much just gossiping all the way and didn’t realize that we were already on the destination. Haha! I guess it’s a little boring in the way that it’s all sights and no activities? Haha!

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    Nerdy Maria
    March 28, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    That surely looks like a ghost town! But I kind of like how it looks even if you can’t see much 🙂 I really enjoyed reading the posts about your trip to Hong Kong. Now I really want to visit it, haha. Hopefully, this isn’t the last time you went there! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 28, 2016 at 5:43 PM

      I kind of like how it looks that way, as well! Plus points since the probability of us experiencing that in our country is at 0%! I am almost positive that my family and I will be visiting next year! Just waiting for promo tickets now. Hope you get to visit soon, Leta!! 🙂

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