Ngong Ping Village: Where Monks Go For Starbucks In A “Traditional” Chinese Village

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Ngong Ping Village is a cultural-themed village to integrate into the scenic nature of Ngong Ping. On first impression, it looks just like straight out of a Chinese drama set, but when finally walking through the village at Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal after getting off the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, things were not what I expected.

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Stepping foot into the “traditional” Ngong Ping Village.

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This piazza actually feels more European than Chinese. Also, the concrete buildings look strangely clean.

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A “traditional” Chinese Subway.

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The Walking with Buddha attraction located in one of the traditional Chinese buildings. However, it was closed during my visit.

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A “traditional” Chinese Starbucks. If you’re lucky, you will see monks and nuns from the nearby monasteries pop in to get their coffee fix.

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Continuing down the piazza.

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A “traditional” Chinese 7-Eleven.

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Heading under the arch to Ngong Ping Piazza.

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The path here leads to Po Lin Monastery, Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) and Wisdom Path.

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There is a popular Tau Foo Fa (Tofu Pudding) right by the arch.

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The steps up to the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha).

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Despite being a popular activity, I did not climb the steps up to the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) in order to save some time and energy.

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Continuing on to Wisdom Path.

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There are ample signs at each junction to point you where you need to be going to.

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Wisdom Path is a scenic monument with 38 pillars inscribed with some texts.

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The path is a loop around these pillars.

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Heading onto the Wisdom Path.

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Lantau Peak can be seen from the Wisdom Path.

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Nice views can be seen from the Wisdom Path.

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The junction to Wisdom Path also marks the start of many other hiking trails around Lantau, if you’re up for the challenge.

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Once done, I headed back to Ngong Ping Village to head back down to Tung Chung with the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and head to Hong Kong Island proper.

Overall, a pleasant trip to Ngong Ping which does feel a bit fake at first with the “traditional” Chinese village, but the natural views and fresh air you get once you walk out of the village is pretty refreshing in bustling Hong Kong.

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