Ngong Ping Village on Lantau Island is an artificial designed small village with typical Chinese-style architectural elements, shops and houses. Due to this kind of commercialism many visitors feel that the original tranquil and peaceful setting and experience of Ngong Ping and Big Buddha vanished. Anyhow, the village links the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Terminus, Ngong Ping Piazza, Po Lin Monastery, Wisdom Path and Tian Tan “Big Buddha” together.
Ngong Ping Village itself offers several attractions including Walking with Buddha (also known as the “Trail of Enlightenment” which will take you on an immersive journey through Buddha’s life stages), Monkey’s Tale Theater (a theatrical Buddhist story with computer generated effects and sounds) and Ngong Ping Tea House (where you have the chance to join a typical Chinese tea ceremony and try several teas and cakes).
Right in the middle of Ngong Ping Village is also a Bodhi Wishing Shrine where you can enjoy an old tradition. Writing down a wish on a piece of paper or wood and toss it up the wishing tree. At first glance the wishing tree looks quite impressive from distant, but when you get closer you will notice it artificially made out of concrete and personally found this fact very disappointing.
If you are interested, you can consider to Cast Divinatory Sticks in Ngong Ping Village. Seeking divination is a traditional Chinese custom and the divinatory sticks are classified into upper, middle and lower levels. It is very common in Daoist temples. Hong Kong Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is one of the most popular temples for seeking divination. However, the divination seeking in Ngong Ping Village is only a fun game that you don’t need to kneel down or be religion-oriented. Just thinking about a wish or someone you love, pick a divinatory sticks from the divinatory holders and get your answer from HK LOVE SHOP.
There are also several dining options ranging from international (western) to Chinese cuisine and in case you would like to take a break there are also Starbucks and coffee. When you walk towards the Ngong Ping Piazza you will notice several cable car replicas from various countries including China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Brail, Spain and France. The eight unique decorated cable cars belong to the International Cable Car Gallery and are a popular photo-taking spot and will lead you to the Ngong Ping Piazza. If you would like to take some souvenirs for memory, there are many options in Ngong Ping Village.
How to Get to the Ngong Ping Village:
For more details about how to get to Ngong Ping Village, please refer to the article “Big Buddha/Giant Buddha – Hong Kong Top Attractions.
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