Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The Ngong Ping 360 cable car system may be the most scenic way to travel between its namesake cultural village and Tung Chung—a suburb situated east of Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island. Each of the 112 cabins can seat up to 10 people and each one boasts enough standing room to handle another seven passengers.
Passengers can make this nearly six-kilometre long journey aboard standard cable cars or spend a bit more money to travel in crystal cabins with glass bottoms. There are separate lines for standard and crystal cable cars at both termini.
About 3,500 people can travel aboard the Ngong Ping 360 cable car system per hour, and each journey lasts approximately half an hour. The same journey by bus takes twice as long across a treacherous mountain road. The MTR Corporation owns and operates both Ngong Ping 360 and Hong Kong's rail system.
Construction of the system first started in early 2004, and this innovative cable car service greeted its first 1,688 passengers in 2006. Crystal cabins were first introduced in 2009. Hong Kong International Airport, North Lantau County Park, the Ngong Ping Plateau, and the South China Sea are some of the spectacular sights passengers can see during their journey.
The Ngong Ping 360 is technically a bi-cable gondola lift which switches direction a couple of times at its two angle stations. One angle station is situated on Chek Lap Kok's South Shore, while the other angle station can be found at the Lantau North Country Park west of Nei Lak Shan. The steel columns which support the cable cars are far larger and stronger than those used for most European cable car systems.
It offers a private cabin service where people can bypass queues, enjoy priority boarding, and have an entire cabin to themselves. It also includes free admission to the Monkey's Tale Theatre and Walking with Buddha shows.
Ngong Ping 360 also offers passes which combine roundtrip cable car fares with admission to the Walking with Buddha, Stage 360, and Motion 360 shows. Sunset Tours include bus transfers to Tai O, a fishing village where visitors can enjoy boat excursions; tasty seafood; and dinner at a heritage hotel.
The most extensive holiday guided tour option includes excursions to Po Lin Monastery, Tai O Fishing Village, Ngong Ping Piazza, Ngong Ping Village, Big Buddha, and a few more popular Landau Island attractions.