Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

I grew up on a small family-run dairy farm.  On the farm, we had a “bale shed” — which is not so much a shed, but more like a very large 2 or 3-storey structure with open sides and a huge roof, to protect hay bales from being rained and snowed directly upon.  My brothers and I loved playing in the bale shed.  When I was about 6 or maybe 7 (?) I was playing way up high on the bales.  My brother Kent was with me.  He convinced me to go stand on the edge, on a really shaky bale.

“Look!  It’s totally safe,” he said, confidently rocking back and forth on the unstable bale way up high.

Being the older sibling, I figured I should be bold and go try it out.  I couldn’t let my younger brother be the braver one.  I went over to the much-discussed bale, stood on it, rocked back and forth the same way Kent had.  The bale promptly slipped off the edge and tumbled to the ground, and me with it.  Plus some more bales on top.

I must have fallen at least one and a half storeys, maybe two.  I broke my collar bone.  This experience really sucked.  I learned that I wasn’t a fan of falling.  I wasn’t a fan of heights.

I still am not a fan of these things.  Which made the Ngong Ping cable car ride a bit unsettling for me.

I haven’t been on all that many cable car rides in my life.  But after living in Banff, I’d become accustomed to the Sulphur Mountain gondola, which I think may be about 10 minutes, probably less.  It’s just a ride from the bottom of the mountain to the top.  Just one straightforward trip.

This coloured my expectations for the Ngong Ping 360, which we were taking on our way to see the Big Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.

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Big smile!  Refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

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Thankfully, we left our livestock at home. Otherwise, this could’ve been VERY embarrassing.

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If you pay extra, you can take a “diamond” car. That means the floor is glass. No thank-you.

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Um. Feeling nervous.

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I thought our destination was at the top of this hill. Ha. Turns out this was just the beginning.

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What have we gotten ourselves into? We can only see cables and passing cars. Disconcerting.

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Journey into nothingness.  #existential

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The fog begins to clear.

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Our first glimpse of the big Buddha from the cable car. I was so stunned, I think I teared up a little. Pretty magnificent.

I see on the website that this cable car ride is about half an hour.  Felt longer to me.

It was only later, when we were safely upon solid ground, that I realized this had been one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life.

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4 responses to “Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

  1. Pingback: Tian Tan Buddha of Lantau Island: 14 Photos | miss adventurer·

  2. Wow. My jaw was dropped looking at those pictures! I’ve never seen such a gondola! Like you, my only experience is from the one(s) in Alberta. This is not like that at all! And a 30-minute trip?? Amazing!! Is there no other way up to the Buddha aside from gondola? Or were you just taking a trip near it?

    Also? This: “Thankfully, we left our livestock at home. Otherwise this could’ve been VERY embarrassing.” This made my snort.

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