Search this site:


About This Blog
Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!

Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.

More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
Highly Urbanized Cities

  • Angeles City
  • Bacolod City
  • Baguio City
  • Butuan City
  • Caloocan City
  • Cebu City
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Davao City
  • Dagupan City
  • Gen. Santos City
  • Iligan City
  • Iloilo City
  • Lapu-lapu City
  • Las Pinas City
  • Lucena City
  • Makati City
  • Malabon City
  • Mandaluyong City
  • Mandaue City
  • Manila City
  • Marikina City
  • Muntinlupa City
  • Olongapo City
  • Paranaque City
  • Pasay City
  • Pasig City
  • Puerto Princesa City
  • Quezon City
  • San Juan City
  • Tagaytay City
  • Taguig City
  • Tacloban City
  • Valenzuela City
  • Zamboanga City

  • Philippine Provinces
  • Abra
  • Agusan Del Norte
  • Agusan Del Sur
  • Aklan
  • Albay
  • Antique
  • Apayao
  • Basilan
  • Bataan
  • Batanes
  • Batangas
  • Benguet
  • Bohol
  • Bukidnon
  • Bulacan
  • Cagayan
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camiguin
  • Catanduanes
  • Cavite
  • Cebu
  • Compostela Valley
  • Davao Del Norte
  • Davao Del Sur
  • Dinagat Island
  • Eastern Samar
  • Guimaras
  • Ifugao
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Kalinga
  • Isabela
  • La Union
  • Laguna
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Leyte
  • Maguindanao
  • Marinduque
  • Masbate
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Mountain Province
  • Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • Northern Samar
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Palawan
  • Pampanga
  • Pangasinan
  • Quezon
  • Rizal
  • Romblon
  • Samar
  • Saranggani
  • Siquijor
  • Sorsogon
  • South Cotabato
  • Southern Leyte
  • Sulu
  • Surigao Del Norte
  • Surigao Del Sur
  • Tarlac
  • Tawi-tawi
  • Zambales
  • Zamboanga Del Norte
  • Zamboanga Del Sur
  • Zamboanga Sibugay

  • Airlines
  • Airports
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Beaches
  • Bridges
  • Casinos
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Delicacies
  • Ferries
  • Festivals
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Golf Courses
  • History
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Jose Rizal
  • Lighthouses
  • Mosques
  • Museums
  • National Artists
  • National Heroes
  • National Cultural Treasures
  • Parks
  • Public Transportation
  • Restaurants
  • Rivers
  • Seaports
  • Spanish Forts
  • Volcanoes
  • Watchtowers
  • Waterfalls
  • World War II

  • Philippine Tourist Spots
  • Boracay
  • Clark
  • Corregidor
  • Subic
  • Follow/Affiliations

    Hong Kong Tour: Ngong Ping 360, Giant Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Wisdom Path, Cable Car

    Lantau Island hosts not only the Hong Kong International Airport, the carefully Feng Shui-planned Disneyland, and Citygate Outlets but also the tourism village of Ngong Ping, featuring the Tian Tan Buddha, popularly known as Giant Buddha, the Po Lin Monastery, The Wisdom Path, Tung Chung Fort and Lantau Peak.

    Tutubi hopped into a gondola of Ngong Ping Skyrail, an almost 4 mile long cable car, formerly called the Tung Chung cablecar that ferried the flightless Tutubi from Tung Chung to the village of Ngong Ping on the plateau.

    View of Tung Chung Bay

    Ngong Ping Village consists of coffee shops (touristy Starbucks included), restaurants, and souvenir shops.

    According to the official site:
    "Ngong Ping Village is set on a 1.5 hectare site on Lantau Island, adjacent to Ngong Ping Skyrail's Ngong Ping Terminal and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue.

    This amazing cultural themed village has been architecturally designed and landscaped to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. It boasts several major attractions - Walking with Buddha, Monkey's Tale Theatre and the Ngong Ping Tea House - as well as a diverse array of retail, dining and entertainment experiences.

    Walking with Buddha is an immersive, multimedia attraction allowing guests to follow the life of Siddhartha Gautama - the man who became Buddha - and his path to enlightenment. Here you will discover the origins of Buddhism and track its expansion across the globe. You will also be enlightened as to the essence of Buddha's teachings through a variety of themed scenes and activities."

    the clearly visible footpath: the trail that leads to Ngong Ping with waterfalls for nature lovers to explore

    the Tan Tian Buddha, known as Big Buddha, is the world's largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue, surrounded by a ring of Bodhisatvas offering various gifts

    Bodhisatvas offering various gifts to Lord Buddha

    A giant arch welcomes all visitors to Po Lin Monastery (寶蓮禪寺, Literally "Precious Lotus Zen Temple) founded in 1906 with various images of Buddha and scripts on display.

    It is here at Po Lin where the Buddha Bathing Festival is celebrated annually by bathing ritual performed even by visitors during Buddha's birthday in May.

    Nearby Po Lin is a trail that leads to the Wisdom Path, where the Mahayana Buddhism's Heart Sutra is inscribed on wooden poles.

    The poles are arranged seemingly in a figure of eight or Mobius strip to signify infinity.

    One of the wooden poles of the Wisdom Path. Unfortunately, Tutubi can't read Chinese; can only recognize a few Kanji characters though

    the path goes uphill up to Lantau Peak, the second highest peak in Hong Kong, great for mountaineers and trekkers, and the ancient Tung Chung Fort.

    Tutubi didn't trek all the way up to the Peak due to an imminent rain threatening to fall.

    Ngong Ping Skyrail is slower than the Genting Skyway cablecar in Malaysia, and not recommended for the faint-hearted.

    Note: The cable system is currently suspended indefinitely due to a recent incident where an empty gondola fell.

    How to get to Ngong Ping:

    Commute via MTR: take the Tsuen Wan line and alight at Tung Chung, the end of the railway in Lantau then get your tickets for the Ngong Ping Skyrail.

    for those with acrophobia, you may take a 45 minute bus ride New Lantau Bus NLB no 23

    Alternatively, you may board a ferry at Central to Mui Wo (Sivermine Bay) and take the #2 bus to take you there.

    Access to Ngong Ping village is free (no entrance fee). For other pricing and packages, click here for the official prices.

    Labels: ,

    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:38 PM,


    At Sep 26, 2007, 9:01:00 PM, Anonymous kyels said...

    Ngong Ping looked like a nice and serene place to visit.


    At Sep 26, 2007, 9:32:00 PM, Anonymous iskoo said...

    na feature ito sa tv noon at gusto kong puntahan ito sa Hongkong, sana balak araw makita k rin ito ng personal... maganda siguro yung mga poles, malalaki

    At Sep 27, 2007, 2:57:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    my husband loves this place. i wish i could go someday.

    At Sep 27, 2007, 6:03:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    ang ganda nung place, ganda rin ng mga pics =) nga pala, member nako ng explorephilippines. thanks for the info about the other one, will check it out =)

    At Sep 27, 2007, 9:30:00 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

    You saw it all! Now I need to go back to HK and look it up for myself!

    At Sep 27, 2007, 1:25:00 PM, Anonymous tutubi said...

    kyels. it's a nice place indeed. it's one place i'd love to return to someday

    iskoo, those poles are really big that's why i included those people in the picture to add scale :)

    photo cache, visit it. no regrets

    carlotta, yep. masaya yung isa sa mga tipid tips ng food trips

    sidney, not actually all. i skipped others. i have 2 more posts about Hong Kong before I return to the Philippines. btw, street photography is hard in HK, people are not used to smiling and get angry if you try to take pictures of them. a cultural thing, I guess.

    At Sep 27, 2007, 6:09:00 PM, Anonymous Major Tom said...

    The Bhudda statue is really enormous...It should be a sight to be visited for any serious tourist on this side of the globe.

    At Sep 28, 2007, 12:58:00 AM, Blogger Mari said...

    Wow!!! This is a really nice place to visit...that is if ever I happen to be on that side of the globe.

    Thanks for the nice photos.

    At Sep 28, 2007, 5:15:00 PM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Wow, this really looks like a unique site!

    At Sep 29, 2007, 6:33:00 AM, Blogger Rochelle said...

    Wow. These are great pics! I always feel so educated when I come to your blog!!

    At Sep 30, 2007, 3:07:00 PM, Blogger bluepanjeet | OTWOMD™ said...

    wow this is my first time to see a huge image of buddha. Do people have to climb the hill by feet or is there any escalators available going up?

    At Sep 30, 2007, 6:23:00 PM, Anonymous Ferdz said...

    Ang ganda! Parang ang srap kumuha ng picture dun sa Wisdom path. Must visit itong place if ever I stop by HK

    At Oct 1, 2007, 3:42:00 PM, Anonymous tutubi said...

    major tom, it's huge. magbabakal here can't have all of it :)

    mari, nice place near the philippines really. i know i'll be back there someday

    pieterbie, unique it is!

    rochelle, consider also touring your own, for now, i'll tour you virtually

    bluepanjeet, no other way up but through the 268 steps

    ferdz, next time, i'll trek up to the peak of Lantau for a magnificent view of the Buddha and Wisdom path

    At Oct 14, 2007, 3:17:00 PM, Anonymous kat said...

    Hi! Me and my family are going to HongKong next week during the sembreak. I'm researchig on the places that we should visit and your blog has given a lot of awesome info. Thanks! I'm interested in visiting Ngong Ping but I'm worried that the guided tour mentioned in their website might be a rip off. Is it easy to go around Ngong Ping even without a tour guide? And can you also give more info on commuting around Hong Kong? Thanks!

    At Oct 15, 2007, 10:28:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi said...

    hi kat,

    i have many Hong kong posts here if you found them all. i'm thinking of doing a hong kong travel tips post similat to what i did for my singpore series.

    commuting in HK is easy, at the airport get hold of all those brochures and maps then buy octopus cards. the trains called MTR are very efficient, while buses, have adesignated routes. the trams on HK island are the cheapest.

    you don't need a guide in Ngong Ping. they have maps also

    At Oct 17, 2007, 8:09:00 PM, Anonymous kat said...

    Thanks Tutubi! I love your blog kasi it's not the typical travel blog na walang mashadong sense. I specially liked that you looked for Rizal's former clinic. I think that's really cool! I have one last question though, How long would it take us to go around ngong ping? Do we really have to alot an entire day for it? Sorry, I have lots of questions, I'm just really excited about going.

    At Oct 18, 2007, 9:46:00 AM, Anonymous tutubi said...


    ngong ping can be toured for a half-day. I suggest going there in the morning, then go for the shopping at Citygate, they're in the same MTR station. the MTR from Central to Tung Chung is around HK$25 in the Tsuen Wan line, where you need to transfer trains (get the HK map at the airport, there you'll know the MTR interchanges)...

    ok, you got me, I'll post my HK travel tips today or the tomorrow the latest :)

    At Jun 20, 2010, 11:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi, my friend and i are planning a trip to hongkong this november and i'm afraid the package tours are just rip is it advisable for us to just fly there and rely on maps to get around the city and can you suggest a place to stay if ever.thanx...

    At Jun 21, 2010, 9:38:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, that's what i did. read my other posts on backpacking hong kong and see that it's cheaper and more fulfilling to go around on your own, take MTR, walk around with a's a nice place to explore without the guides


    Post a Comment

    If you're not using Blogger or any OpenID, Tutubi recommends selecting Name/URL on the form field below so Tutubi can return your visit (Remember to use http:// in the URL field).

    Please READ before you ASK questions!

    Links to this post:

    Create a Link

    << Home