We were up early to try and avoid queues at the cable car station. We had breakfast near to the hotel at a small cafe called ‘Family Kitchen’. It was mostly frequented by locals but also served western breakfasts. Our omelettes, toast and coffee cost a mere HK$22 each. Then it was onto the metro for the longish journey to the NGong Ping 360 Cable Car station. It was rush hour so the metro was crowded, but queues were orderly and trains arrived at one minute intervals.
We arrived at NGong Ping shortly before the ticket kiosks opened, there was already a substantial queue but this moved speedily and we boarded the gondola 20 minutes later.
Single tickets cost HK$105 each for the 25 minute panoramic ride over the airport onto Lantau Island. It was a clear morning so we were rewarded with good views of the surrounding landscape. We climbed the steps to the Big Buddha and visited the Po Lin monastery, stopping there for cold drinks.
A bus to Tai O village was next on our itinerary, these run hourly and tickets cost HK$6 each for the 45 minute journey. It’s well worth going, as Tai O is an unspoilt village, with wooden homes built on stilts over the creek. Small boats depart regularly for 20 minute trips around the creek and out to sea dolphin watching. We didn’t spot any dolphins but it didn’t matter as the boat trip was a real treat and cost only HK$20 each. After exploring the village on foot, we caught a bus to Mu Wo (HK$10) for the 45 minute journey to the ferry terminal, from where we took the fast ferry back to Central.
We returned to the hotel for a rest and then took the tram to Causeway Bay where we looked round the SOGO department store and found a good place for dinner.