Ngong Ping, Po Lin Monastery & The Tian Tan Buddha (The Giant Buddha)
To get here you need to use the following directions:
Get into the Kwun Tong Line going to Yau Ma Tei but you should get off at Prince Edward Station. Walk to the opposite side platform and get on Tsuen Wan Line going to Tsuen Wan but you should get off at Lai King Station. Finally, change trains for Tung Chung Line / Disneyland Resort Line going to Tung Chung and walk thru Exit B to Ngong Ping 360 Terminal. We found the octopus card very handy.
Right outside the station there are signs pointing you towards where you need to queue up to get to the cable car. Be prepared to wait awhile. We were in the queue for about 30 mins. Also take the glass bottomed cable car i think its called the crystal cabin.
Once you get to the top that is the Ngong Ping Plateau you will see this gorgeous little village that you need to pass through to get to the buddha.
We had lunch at a restaurant at the village which was moderately expensive and then headed for the walk up to the see the Giant Buddha.
The Tian Tan Buddha is the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha. The Statue sits serenely atop Ngong Ping plateau in the middle of wonderful mountain scenery of Lantau Island. The majestic figure of the seated Buddha (or Tian Tan) is 34 meters high, was cast in China and took 10 years to complete. Weighing 220 tons, it was unveiled in 1993. Open to visitors daily from 10 am to 6:00 pm (last admission 5:30 pm).
Since we are two adults traveling on our own we didn’t want to spend as much time at Disneyland so we decided to head straight over after we were done at Ngong Ping.
The train ride to Disneyland took about 20 mins and the train was a special one too. The windows were were in the shape of Mickey Mouses Head and so were the handles to hold on
When we got there we were asked if we would like to pay in NZD or HKD chose to pay in NZD and worked out quite favorably as we didn’t have to pay any bank fees etc.
There are alot of rides for kids etc that you can try too if you like we only went on one of the rides and we took the train around the park which took a while to come through. Also there is a show at the theatre which is in 3D and that was quite fun to watch.
The other fun thing to do was this african safari kind of thing where you go in for a raft ride if you can call it that but that was pretty amazing the only bad thing was the commentary was in Cantonese.
The one thing that i loved about Disneyland and was well worth the waiting until 8pm was the fireworks display. Once the sunsets the entire Main Street is lit up in these beautiful twinkling lights and try to get a street as close to the princess castle as possible.
Sorry about the amount of photos went a little crazy about the fireworks they were just so pretty. The fireworks were a beautiful end to a very hectic but fun day………………….