Lantau: Most people come here for the Big Buddha

Ok. So my first visit to the Big Buddha in Hong Kong was anything but enjoyable. Just like most people, we took the cable car from Tung Chung to the village of Ngong Ping where the Buddha is located on  top of a hill. I assume the idea is that you get to enjoy the views during the 10-15min ride on the cable car, but in our case we ended up sharing the cabin with a really loud family whose voices echoed so much in the cabin that the only thing we did was actually wait to get out of the cabin. And I’m honestly quite used to the loud noises prevalent in many highly populated cities of Asia.

If you don’t want to risk the loud noises, you can also get to Ngong Ping more cheaply by bus from Tung Chung, or by taking a ferry from Central to Mui Wo and then a bus (no.2) from there to Ngong Ping. But if you take the Mui Wo route, be sure to check the timetables for the busses in advance.

The Big Buddha is among the most visited tourist attractions in Hong Kong so be prepared for a lot of tourists. But I’ve also been told that if you go there on a weekday and are among the very first people to arrive (the stairs to Buddha open at 10am) e.g. by taking an early bus from Tung Chung, you can really enjoy everything in peace and take in the amazing views.

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