The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is a gondola lift on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, and the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia. I had wanted to take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car for a long time but the queues and distance were always off-putting for me. However, this time, hearing that the tourist crowds had (obviously) disappeared, I decided to give the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car a shot in the hopes of skipping the long lines.
Heading up the escalator to the ticketing counter.
The ticketing counter is located on the second floor.
I had purchased my Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Round Trip ticket on KLOOK earlier at a way cheaper price of HK$150 (~S$26.05) as compared to the over the counter price of HK$235 (~S$40.90).
Here at Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, there is even an express KLOOK Designated Lane to redeem for the actual ticket to save some queuing time at the main counters with the rest of the people buying their tickets on the spot.
Click here to buy your discounted AND express line Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Round Trip ticket on KLOOK!
Heading to the KLOOK Designated Lane to redeem for the actual ticket.
Waiting to be called to the counter.
After showing my Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car KLOOK voucher on my phone, I was given my ticket and some brochures for the trip to Ngong Ping Village.
My redeemed ticket for the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Round Trip Standard Cabin.
Heading to the boarding area, the queues for the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car were empty too.
Entering the empty queue for the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car.
At the fare gate, a Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car staff will double check for tickets and help scan you through.
The two people in front of me heading into their private cable car.
Waiting to board my empty cable car.
The interior of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Standard Cabin.
As the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is operated by MTR Corporation, the interior stickers are reminiscent of the trains.
Departing from Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.
Heading up to the first pier to fly to Scenic Hill.
Looking back to Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.
Descending into Airport Island Angle Station.
The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car takes a 60 degree turn here at Airport Island Angle Station to turn towards Nei Lak Shan.
Heading out of Airport Island Angle Station.
The pier before the scenic stretch across Tung Chung Bay.
Flying over Tung Chung Bay towards Nei Lak Shan.
Heading up the mountain.
Hong Kong International Airport as seem from the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car.
The vast view of Tung Chung from the top.
Once at the top of the hill, a tower helps to change the elevation angle.
Continuing straight over the mountains.
The view of the freight side of HKIA.
Wonder what this Airbus A330 is for.
Approaching Nei Lak Shan Angle Station.
Descending into Nei Lak Shan Angle Station.
The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car takes a 20 degree turn here at Nei Lak Shan Angle Station to turn towards Ngong Ping.
Heading on the final horizontal stretch towards Ngong Ping.
Many cable car systems in the world have a glass cabin, but I see little vlue in most of them due to the non-inspiring views to the bottom, whether it’s too close to the ground on an inclined cable car following the angle of the ascend all the way, or simply because there’s nothing much to see. However, the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car offers a variety of vast views from the land, air and sea, which makes me wonder if perhaps I should try the Crystal Cabin next time.
The view of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge East Artificial Island for the portal to the undersea tunnel.
Heading on to Ngong Ping with the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) coming in view.
The final tower for the descend into Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal.
Looks like a fun maintenance gondola to ride in.
Ngong Ping Village is connected to Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal.
Arriving at Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal.
Approaching the arrival platform. Seems like there are wide guide panels in case of strong winds which make the cable car over sway.
After alighting, a cleaning staff heads in to wipe down the windows.
The overall interior of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Standard Cabin.
Heading out of the arrival platform.
Looking back at the platform.
Heading down the ramp to exit the station.
No need to buy my photo, thank you.
The path leads to a Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car souvenir shop first.
1:76 scale Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car gondolas are on sale here too.
A sample display of the Standard Cabin using fishing lines.
Each gondola costs HK$108 (~S$18.80).
You can also buy a set of 4 Standard Cabins for HK$432 (~S$75.18).
The Crystal Cabin is only sold with the tower for HK$168 (~S$29.24).
Overall, a very pleasant ride on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car with no crowds, a private cabin, and an amazing view of rural Hong Kong over Lantau Island. This Hong Kong trip during the protest period already looks promising.