Exploring Ngong Ping 360: Hong Kong’s enchanting Lantau Island

Crystal+ Cable Car. Photo from Ngong Ping 360 Facebook Page.

As Hong Kong continues to recover from the pandemic, Ngong Ping 360, a standout tourist destination, is rolling out exciting new offerings to attract visitors. This includes welcoming an increasing number of Filipino tourists, who have historically been among Hong Kong’s most frequent visitors. With special discounts, innovative attractions like the Crystal+ cable cars, and cultural excursions to Tai O Village, Ngong Ping 360 is set to provide a memorable experience.

Ngong Ping 360’s managing director, James Tung, highlighted the significant comeback of tourists since July 2023. In a recent meeting with the media in Manila, Tung noted that Filipino tourists play a crucial role in Hong Kong’s tourism sector. 

Wisdom Path. Photo from Ngong Ping 360 Facebook Page.

Hong Kong saw 763,778 Filipino visitors in 2023, surpassing other Southeast Asian nations. This trend continues into 2024, with a 63.4 percent daily average increase in Filipino arrivals as of January. To celebrate this, Ngong Ping 360 is offering a 15 percent discount on selected products for Filipino tourists until December 31, 2024.

The Crystal+ Experience

Ngong Ping 360 operates the renowned Ngong Ping Cable Car, which connects Tung Chung to Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. The newest addition, the Crystal+ cabins, launched in December 2022, offers an extraordinary experience. Designed by European experts and manufactured in France and Italy, these cabins feature fully transparent floor-to-ceiling glass, providing an 80 percent visibility of the breathtaking surroundings.

Cable car. Photo from Ngong Ping 360 Facebook Page.

Riding in a Crystal+ cabin, visitors can capture panoramic views of the South China Sea, Lantau’s mountainous landscapes, and even glimpses of the Hong Kong International Airport. This immersive experience is perfect for taking stunning photographs and truly appreciating the island’s beauty from all angles.

Discovering Tai O Village

Beyond the cable car, Ngong Ping 360 offers excursions to Tai O Village, often dubbed the “Venice of the Orient.” Tai O is Hong Kong’s oldest fishing village, famous for its traditional stilt houses and local delicacies. Visitors can explore the village’s charming waterways and experience a different side of Hong Kong, away from the bustling Victoria Harbour.

Tai O Village. Photo from Ngong Ping 360 Facebook Page.

The Tai O Pass is a comprehensive package with a round-trip cable car ride, a shuttle bus from Ngong Ping to Tai O, snacks, and a boat excursion. This pass allows tourists to see the iconic stilt houses up close and enjoy the unique cultural and culinary offerings of Tai O.

Exploring Lantau Island

For those looking to explore more of Lantau Island, the Lantau Sightseeing Bus offers a hassle-free way to get around. This open-top bus service connects various attractions, including the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal, 11 Skies, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, and the Aircraft Maintenance Area. With unlimited hop-on and hop-off access within a day, tourists can conveniently visit multiple spots and make the most of their trip.

Ngong Ping Village. Photo from Ngong Ping 360 Facebook Page.

This summer (it’s still summer season in Hong Kong), Ngong Ping 360 is hosting the “100% Doraemon & Friends @ NP360” event. Fans of the beloved Japanese character can look forward to Doraemon-themed cable cars, life-size sculptures, and other whimsical decorations. This event promises to add a playful and nostalgic touch to the already enchanting Ngong Ping experience.

As Hong Kong’s tourism industry continues to rebound, the contributions of Filipino visitors are invaluable. With exclusive discounts, innovative attractions like the Crystal+ cabins, and cultural experiences at Tai O Village, Ngong Ping 360 is set to be a top destination for Filipino tourists. Tung’s commitment to welcoming and celebrating Filipino visitors highlights the strong bond between the Philippines and Hong Kong, ensuring a bright future for tourism in the region.

James Tung.
Kenneth M. del Rosario
Kenneth has been writing for the Philippine Daily Inquirer for more than 17 years, covering travel, food, motoring, technology, real estate, and business, among others.