Three days flew while we were busy weaving the streets, shopping and eating our hearts out, in both Hong Kong and Macau. And finally on our fourth morning, we were set to go up the mountains on Lantau Island to meet the Big Budda! Whee~
[Hong Kong November 2015]
8 November 2015
Ngong Ping 360 Village & The Big Buddha | Lantau Island, Hong Kong
But before that, we had to fill up our stomachs before setting off! And PJ actually found a handful of eateries just behind our apartment along Jaffe Road and we decided to drop in at one of them for breakfast!
There were various options available on their menu but I decided to be on the safe side and had Wanton Noodles as it seems like their signature. And indeed, my noodles was pretty good! Springy noodles, flavorful broth and also fat wantons filled up with minced pork and fresh prawns.
I am very sure there are other places offering much better Wanton Noodles in Hong Kong than this but, this is quite a hidden gem to me already although I don’t remember the name of the eatery! Hehe! But I have to say, this is definitely way better than the wanton noodles we had from Mak’s Noodles on our first day!
Well, whatever it is… Moving on! 😛
Thank goodness I received a tip from my brother and sister-in-law to book our tickets for the cable car ride online so we managed to skip the snaking queue! Yesssss! Heard it was going to be more than two hours wait that morning if we didn’t do that! Hohohoho…
And needless to say, I seriously cannot be more thankful for the good weather that morning! I was enjoying every bit of traveling out there despite the crowd. It was definitely more spacious than the streets of Hong Kong and no tall buildings, no need to fear that a stampede will happen anytime. Most importantly, no need to feel claustrophobic for today at least! FRESH AIR! YESSSSS!
FRESH AIR! YESSSSS!
And after a 25 minutes ride on the cable car, we finally arrived at Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal and Ngong Ping 360 Village!
Anyone in their right state of mind will know that food and retailed products are usually pricier when they are sold at/within close proximity with an attraction. But to be honest, and to my utmost surprise also, the souvenir shops at Ngong Ping Village actually offers some really unique trinkets and souvenirs.
We spent a hefty amount of time at Ngong Ping Village, albeit the fact that we must be out of our minds to even be shopping at such a touristy part of Hong Kong. Trust me, the trinkets and souvenirs are really one of a kind. You won’t be able to control yourself. Haha!
When we finally managed to break away from the shops at Ngong Ping Village, we moved on and got back on track with our primary objective of getting all the way there.
And we had to cut through Ngong Ping Piazza to get closer to the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. By the way, the cows roam freely at Ngong Ping Village and they kind of hang around at the piazza! They are mostly friendly but do watch your step and beware of their poop! Haha!
Po Lin Monastery, with prominent architectural structures, is home to many devout monks and colorful manifestations of Buddhist iconography. And it was once a remote monastery hidden up in the mountains but the Big Buddha, or formally known as Tian Tan Buddha, drew a lot of attention when it was erected in 1993.
And that was when many devotees started to swarm to the monastery to give offerings in hopes to receive blessings in return.
And this is one of my favorite selfies in the entire trip! If only Monkey is inside this shot too!
But aside from a three-storey exhibition hall holding a number of invaluable Buddist items, including Buddha’s relics, the first 250 steps to get to the first tier of the decks is going to reward you with boundless views!
We actually skipped the exhibition hall but we went one round around the Big Buddha and manage to catch the beautiful Lantau Island! So awesome! 🙂
By the way, I am confident that it is 250 steps to get to the first tier of the deck at the Big Buddha. Absolutely no more no less and you really can trust me because I counted each step myself! Muahaha!
And as if ice cream isn’t sinful enough, we went for more desserts at a stall located next to Ngong Ping Piazza when we got back down! It is none other than the soya beancurd that is said to be made with water from the mountains and said to be a must-try aside from the vegetarian meals at Po Lin Monastery when you go there.
To be honest, it was smooth but we get lots of that easily in Singapore. But it was really interesting that they serve it with red sugar and you can add it according to your own taste preference.
And amidst all the eating, thanks to the six of us unleashing the shopaholics in ourselves at the souvenir shop, we managed to redeem every possible option for the souvenir photo prints! Hahahaha! So epic but we were so cooperative and it was really fun to take these photos together!
And in a blink of the eye, the sun is starting to set and it is getting dark already! Although it was really touristy and food and drinks are really costly also, we must have enjoyed the fresh air so much that we spent the entire day out unknowingly…
Writing our wishes on the wishing cards to be hung at the Bodhi Wishing Shrine while waiting in queue for our cable car ride back to
reality Tung Chung. And I must be too tired after spending the whole day out there to bother about the spelling mistakes. Haha!
And I just realized that despite the fact that we spent the entire out at Ngong Ping Village, we didn’t even manage to see the Wisdom Path! Such a waste!
From the information I gathered online, I thought we had a chance to try the beef noodles at Kau Kee 九記牛腩. But when we got there, they are already closed for the day and we had to search for an alternative.
Spotted Chopsticks Kee along Wellington Street while we were looking around for somewhere to satisfy our hunger and we were attracted by how the whole place is whimsically plastered with posters, photos and news article cuttings.
The menu for Cart Noodles 車仔面
I was pretty sure I spotted something about Macanese food among all the posters, photos and news articles but the menu for cart noodles was the only one the ladies at Chopsticks Kee shoved in our faces. The place was a little cramp and the ladies weren’t exactly very friendly to start with. So we quietly picked our choices and submitted our orders without much questions. Haha!
And not before long, my bowl of noodles is served! Looks like a bizarre combination but it turned out pretty yummy and very comforting for the late night dinner! Thank goodness the ladies found out that we are actually tourists and they started to be slightly more gentle with us 🙂
Since we were in the area, the boys decided to take a walk over to Lan Kwai Fong especially because it was highly raved. And it turned out to be rather small scale and to much of our disappointment, it was crowded and quite cramped actually. We left shortly even though we had the intention to have a drink if we found somewhere interesting.
But that’s fine too. We went off for an early night to prepare ourselves for another great day out the next day! Hehe! 😀
More posts from Hong Kong November 2015 travelogue series:
- Wan Chai & Central | Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
- 1 day trip to Macau | Macau, China
- Wong Tai Sin Temple, Mong Kok & Tsim Sha Tsui | Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Ngong Ping 360 Village & Big Buddha | Lantau Island, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Disneyland | Lantau Island, Hong Kong
- Tsui Wah Restaurant and Hong Kong International Airport | Lantau Island, Hong Kong