Route 23 – Tung Chung to Ngong Pin
A journey along Route 3m from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping offers an extraordinary blend of natural landscapes and cultural experiences, taking you through areas like Yu Tung Court, Tung Chung Rural Committee Office, Sheung Lang Pei, Ha Lang Pei, Wong Ka Wai, Lung Tseng Tau, and a variety of picturesque locations including Cheung Sha Catchwater, Upper Cheung Sha Beach, Tong Fuk Beach, and Lower Wan Lung, before arriving at Ngong Ping Village, where you can immerse yourself in serene beauty, coastal charm, and historical richness all in one captivating bus ride.
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Ngong Ping's iconic attraction, the Tian Tan Buddha, stands at an impressive height of 34 metres and weighs over 250 metric tonnes. What's intriguing, is that the statue was not constructed on-site but was assembled from multiple bronze pieces, each intricately designed and cast separately!
The bus journey from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping offers a diverse and visually captivating experience, an insight into Hong Kong culture and everyday life at its sumptuous best! As you depart from Tung Chung, the view from the window changes from tidy urban streets to serene, blissful countryside. Yu Tung Court, with its fascinating wet market, culinary and retail delights also presents a suburban landscape that fairly rapidly transitions into more rural Tung Chung.
Heading further, the scenery becomes more rustic, with Sheung Ling Pei and Ha Ling Pei offering lush greenery and rolling hills. Wong Ka Wai and Lung Tseng Tau provide an excellent opportunity to soak in the natural beauty of Lantau Island, which is the largest of Hong Kong’s islands, sitting at the mouth of the Pearl River.
Passing through Cheung Sha Beach and Bridge, you’ll be treated to breathtaking coastal vistas, with the serene waters on one side and lush hills on the other. The bus continues through the picturesque landscape, offering glimpses of Tong Fuk Beach and Village. The beach encapsulates serenity and is an oasis of calm! It has been featured on a list of eight hidden beaches to discover in Hong Kong by media channel CNN, who said it offers “the best of both worlds,” as it is within walking distance of popular beach bars, while also being far enough away to enjoy some seclusion with “firm grey sand, clean water and spectacular sunsets.” Glancing over at the beach from the bus and it’s easy to get a feel for the delights it offers.
The Shui Hau Village and Helicopter Landing Field offer an interesting contrast, with the mountainous backdrop and a landscape that becomes more mountainous and rugged.
Finally, this captivating journey concludes at Ngong Ping Village, with its iconic Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, set against the backdrop of Lantau’s majestic peaks.
This really is an incredible route and it allows you to witness the natural, cultural, and spiritual facets of Lantau Island in a single, mesmerising journey.
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This scenic bus route from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping offers a delightful journey through the natural beauty of Lantau Island. Starting from Tung Chung, where you can explore the vibrant Fu Tung Plaza and the Yu Tung Court, the bus ride takes you through a series of charming villages and picturesque landscapes.
One notable stop is the Upper Cheung Sha Beach, offering a pristine stretch of sand and clear waters, ideal for a refreshing swim or a leisurely beach stroll. Explore the Lantau Trail, which winds through picturesque landscapes, or rent a bike to cycle around the area. Savour fresh seafood at local restaurants or try water sports like paddleboarding and kayaking. Don’t miss the serene Shek Pik Reservoir or the quaint village atmosphere, complete with charming shops and eateries. Cheung Sha Village is a delightful retreat.
Butterfly Crest, Cheung Sha Bridge, and Tong Fuk Beach are also among the highlights. At Tong Fuk Village, you can savour delicious local cuisine and immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings.
As the journey progresses, you’ll reach the South Lantau Submarine Cable Station and Upper Wan Lung, where the landscape becomes more mountainous. The bus then passes through Shui Hau Village, with its unique charm and culture, and onwards to Ngong Ping Village, known for its famous Tian Tan Buddha statue and Po Lin Monastery, which is a serene Buddhist haven. Founded in 1906, it exudes tranquility and spiritual energy. The highlight is the awe-inspiring Tian Tan Buddha, a majestic 34-metre bronze statue that overlooks the lush surroundings. Visitors can climb 268 steps for a closer view and panoramic vistas of the island. The monastery features intricate architecture, beautiful gardens, and offers a chance to witness daily rituals and ceremonies. It’s a place of quiet reflection, where the scent of incense fills the air, making it a spiritual and cultural gem, attracting pilgrims and tourists alike.
The lush mountains and spiritual ambiance at Ngong Ping make it a remarkable place to visit. This culturally themed village was built with traditional Chinese architectural elements that complement Ngong Ping’s natural landscape.
At Ngong Ping, there’s also the iconic, world-renowned cable car, with its famous panorama of Lantau! Stretching over 5.7 kilometres, the cable car offers panoramic views of the South China Sea, lush landscapes, and the Tian Tan Buddha statue. With clear cabins and large windows, passengers experience a scenic 25-minute ride that showcases the contrast between urban and natural beauty. The cable car journey is a popular tourist attraction, providing another way of enjoying travel to the culturally rich Ngong Ping Village and Po Lin Monastery, making it a memorable and immersive experience for visitors exploring Hong Kong’s diverse offerings.