Hong Kong: Ngong Ping Village and Disneyland

Early on our second day in Hong Kong, we made our way to from our hostel in Nathan Road to where we’re supposed to board the cable cars to Ngong Ping Village in Lantau Island. It was an easy enough trip from the TST station (near where we’re staying) to the Tung Chung Station, with only one transfer from the Tsuen Wan Line to the Tung Chung Line via Lai King Station.

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Click to enlarge (image from http://www.mtr.com.hk/). There’s an MTR tourist app that might be helpful for planning journeys; we didn’t download that last year.

The hard part was when we arrived at the Tung Chung station (the very last station of the line), it was rainy, foggy, and not at all ideal for a cable car ride that supposedly offers a striking bird’s eye view.

Ngong Ping Terminal

Ngong Ping Terminal

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Still, we thought it would still be the best and fastest way to get to Ngong Ping Village and it’s hella fun to pretend we were being chased by dementors with all the fog around. Wait, that’s probably just me.

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They have these cooler cable cars that have glass bottoms but since the ticket’s more expensive and the weather was Sp*rs anyway, we chose the regular one.

That down there is the trail you can supposedly trek towards the Giant Buddha.

That down there is the trail you can supposedly trek towards the Giant Buddha.

Finally, we arrived at Ngong Ping Village, which wasn’t an actual village but a charming tourist attraction with a bunch of cafes and restaurants, a mini theater, shops, and other things we couldn’t explore because of the heavier rain from the higher altitude of the place. Well, we did go there to see the Giant Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) anyway.

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Although, it was a challenge trying to take photos while trying to stay dry under one umbrella, it did make for some pretty cool pictures.

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We opted not to go to the Po Lin Monastery because it was some distance away, manageable on better weather conditions AND if we weren’t in a rush to go to Disneyland.

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Po Lin Monastery, as seen from the Tian Tan Buddha.

Instead of going back through the cable cars again, we waited for the bus to take us back to Tung Chung town center (schedules and fares here), specifically Citygate Outlets where we browsed a bit and had lunch. Pros: It’s much cheaper. Cons: It also takes twice as long.

Sign on the bus. Because you know, idle hands and all.

Sign on the bus. Because you know, idle hands and all.

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Xiao Long Bao at the food court of Citygate. It wasn’t that great, pretty much what you’d expect at a food court.

One stop from the Tung Chung Station is the Sunny Bay station, where we boarded the special train to Disneyland Resort. It took about 25 minutes, including waiting time for trains. Oh, and at this point the rain has stopped, hurrah!

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The train to Disneyland Resort. Lots of not-so-hidden Mickeys.

When we got to Disneyland around 4PM, the parade was over, sadface. In hindsight, we shouldn’t have spent too long on the Nike and Adidas outlets in Citygate but hey, it’s such a long way off from where we were staying that we might as well do the outlet browsing on that day too.

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Anyway, there was still fun to be had, especially for two people who haven’t been to any Disneyland/Disneyworld even as a kid. (Okay, fine, we have both gone to Universal Studios in SG but that’s different! This is Disney!)

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I’m not going to get into what my favorite ride was– okay, it was the Buzz Lightyear one where you gun down aliens and there’s a score and everything.

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“It’s A Small World” was really cute too, there was even a recording of a Tagalog version of the song

There’s a free map of the park and a brochure for the show and event schedules out front; that was very helpful. We tried to be systematic on how we’re going to explore the park and ride the er, rides so that we can squeeze in a few shows. I especially enjoyed The Golden Mickeys one, because aaaah I’m such a Disney kid and I know all these songs/lines/plots by heart.

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I even know “If You Can Dream” and that wasn’t in any of the movies.

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Spinning teacups. Did not get in this ride because it was bound to make me nauseous.

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And then at 8:00 PM, it was time for the fireworks display. This is something that shouldn’t be missed. Like, stop what you’re doing and get a good seat in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle at around 7:30 PM. It. Is. Epic.

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Sleeping Beauty’s Castle before the fireworks

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Bokeh!

(I thought I took videos of the fireworks but I can’t find it so here’s a gif I made from the continuous pics I took.)

And then it was time to go — but not before we made a mad dash to the souvenir shop.

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It’s hella expensive but the stuff’s so cute! Bought a lot of things I don’t really have a use for. Wait, of course I do. I’m using my Brave goblet right now, ha!

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10 thoughts on “Hong Kong: Ngong Ping Village and Disneyland

  1. Jer May 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM Reply

    What an awesome trip!

    • thethirdpeverell May 8, 2013 at 12:46 PM Reply

      Thank Basti. It was fashun.

      • Jer May 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM Reply

        It’s Schweinsteiger fashun.

        • thethirdpeverell May 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM Reply

          Hey.

          • Jer May 9, 2013 at 10:32 AM

            Totally grabbing this.

            This gif.

          • thethirdpeverell May 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

            I thought you meant you were grabbing the same thing Mario did.

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  3. chamsicles August 22, 2017 at 4:23 PM Reply

    Commenting in 2017. Haha but I just wanna ask if how long did the cable car ride take you to Ngong Ping Village? 🙂

    • thethirdpeverell August 22, 2017 at 4:42 PM Reply

      Haha, from the time stamps of my phone pics, it might have been around 30 mins.

      • chamsicles August 22, 2017 at 5:23 PM Reply

        Thank you! I’m going to HK in two weeks and I’m really planning to squeeze in Ngong Ping and Disneyland in one day. Hoping that I would make it!!! 😁

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