The Ngong Ping 360 connects Tung Chung to Ngong Ping plateau, home to the iconic Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, and Ngong Ping Village. Opened in 2006, the cable car provides easy access to the hillside attractions, and its views of Lantau Island and beyond have made the gondola journey itself a tourist attraction in its own right.
Visitors with limited time can benefit from deals that include the Ngong Ping 360 along with an MTR pass and Big Buddha tour, while those wishing to avoid public transport can tick off the experience on a coach tour that includes hotel pickup. Alternatively, visitors looking to explore at their own pace and save money can take advantage of multi-day packages that offer access to several main attractions, including the Ngong Ping 360.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This attraction is very popular, so it’s worth booking ahead to skip the long lines.
- Ngong Ping 360 is fully wheelchair-friendly, with a level boarding platform and adjustable benches.
- Each journey takes around 25 minutes.
- At its highest point the cable car is 1,919 feet (585 meters) above sea level, so it’s not recommended for people with claustrophobia or acrophobia.
How to Get There
As with all major cities, it’s best to avoid driving—parking is expensive and the roads get busy. Tours offering round-trip transfer or included MTR usage are a convenient alternative; the lower cable car terminal is just a short walk from Exit B of the Tung Chung MTR Station on the Tung Chung MTR line. The terminal is also a 15-minute walk from Shun Tung Road Bus Station.
When to Get There
The Ngong Ping 360 is known for its panoramic views, so visit on bright, clear days. However, for visitors more interested in the summit’s attractions than the journey there, rainy days tend to get rid of the crowds, which means reduced wait times and plenty of elbow room for pictures.
The Ngong Ping 360 was designed to improve access to the island’s main attractions, and there are lots of them in Lantau. The island’s parks, beaches, and mountains offer some of the best hiking and wildlife watching opportunities in Hong Kong. Look out for tours or trails that include Tai O, a fishing village not far from Ngong Ping, whose waters are home to native Chinese white dolphins.