Many of the passengers who pass through Hong Kong every year, are either spending their short stopover holiday in the city centre, or simply prefer to stay at the airport, not knowing that some of the city’s most spectacular attractions can be found just near the airport…
This article will show you how you can enjoy your short Hong Kong stopover without getting too far from the airport.
Lantau Island, right next to the airport, is Hong Kong’s largest and most scenic island, and other than beautiful nature sceneries of steep forest-clad mountains and sandy coves, it is home to some of Hong Kong’s most spectacular tourist attractions.
After clearing with Immigration and Customs, you can deposit your trolley luggage at the baggage storage facility, in the “Meeters and Greeters Hall” (Full details can be found in my other article: “Hong Kong Stopover – the Easiest Ways to Get From the Airport to the City’s Main Attractions”).
Now you can catch a bus to the new town of Tung Chung, on Lantau Island.
Bus routes S1, S52P and S64 are all traveling to Tung Chung Bus Terminus and the journey takes something like 10 minutes.
You can also catch a blue-colored Lantau Taxi or a red Urban-taxi. It’s only a short ride and the price is not likely to be more than HK$ 35-40
Tung Chung’s Bus Terminus is located right next to Citygate Outlets (some of the buses have a stop within the mall). This modern shopping complex is Hong Kong’s first and (so far) only outlet mall, which means that international brand names can be bought here at significant discounts, all year round…
Citygate is also a good place to enjoy a cup of coffee or a light meal, as the mall boasts 14 restaurants and cafés, as well as a cinema and other entertainment venues.
From here, you can start your cable-car journey to Ngong Ping and its attractions.
A visit to Ngong Ping Village, Po Lin Monastery and the “Big Buddha” is definitely one of Hong Kong’s must-dos. The 25 minutes long cable-car ride covers a distance of almost 6 km, from the lower terminus, next to Citygate, all the way up to the mountain, and the panoramic views are simply spectacular.
Up on the mountain, you can see the famous “Big Buddha”: An immensebronze statue of the seated Buddha, soaring to a height of 34 meters above its Lotus-shaped base, and the Po Lin Monastery, with its beautiful golden statues, lavish Chinese décors and lovely vegetarian restaurant.
Ngong Ping Village spans from the cableway’s top terminus to the monastery and the Big Buddha’s base. It’s a “culturally themed village” with restaurants, souvenir shops and some cliché attractions, related to the life and philosophy of the Buddha.
If you love nature and you do have a bit of time on your hands, you might want to pop to the Ngong Ping Nature Centre and join one of theirfree nature guided walks. …