Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ngong Ping, Discover Hong Kong, Lantau Island

This was the second last day of our tour. For me, this was the highlight of our tour here. Ngong Ping is located on the Lantau Island. To get to Ngong Ping, you can take cable car (Ngong Ping 360). This covers a distance of more than 5 km and takes you to the Ngong Ping plateau at the top. The cable car ride is an experience in itself. You get great views of the mountains and the forest. One can get a bird's eye view of the Hong Kong airport as well.

When buying tickets for Ngong Ping 360 present your Ocean Park tickets. We got a 10% discount on the ticket price.

The things to see at Ngong Ping are the Po Lin monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha. You can also see the 'Walking with Buddha' and 'Monkey's Tale' shows there. Combination ticket can be bought while buying the cable car tickets. The Tian Tan Buddha is one of the tallest outdoor Buddha statues. A series of 240 steps takes one to the base of the statue.

There are a number of restaurants in Ngong Ping. Ebeneezer's serves delicious Indian food. Just loved it!!.

See photos below..

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ocean Park

Ocean Park, Discover Hong Kong

Other than the Disneyland, this is another location in Hong Kong that kids would love for sure. The Ocean Park has been built at 2 levels. To move between the levels you can either choose the Ocean Express or take the cable car. Try both. The ocean express gives you the feeling of travelling through water. It is the faster of the 2 options as well.  The cable car give you great views of the mountains and the seas. There are a number of shows that are held daily at the Ocean Park. Hence plan your visit for the attractions in advance. At the upper level, you have the dolphin show. At the lower level there is a bird show and the light and sound show late in the evening which marks the close of activities at the Ocean Park.

There are a number of restaurants at the Ocean Park. We had researched the restaurants at Ocean Park and had planned to have our lunch Bayview as that was the only restaurant advertising Indian meals. The Indian meal consisted of rice and curry. The curry was not something that you will generally see on Indian menus. :) The restaurant has great views of the bay and there was a long line to get tables here. There are a number of open places with sitting arrangements. You can carry your own food and have it in these areas.

Save your Ocean Park tickets if you are planning a trip to Lantau. They will fetch you a discount of 10% on the cable car ticket for Ngong Ping.

Some photos below..