360cable

Views from a cable car ride down the mountain.

We travelled to the island by ferry. A bus drove us around the mountain and up to the Tian Tan Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery. Out return trip is by cable car. The 360 cable car’s station is at the top of Ngong Ping on Lantau Island and runs down to Tung Chung station.

two cables, two cars

The gondolas operate on a two cable system where a larger cable supports the gondola and a second, smaller cable pulls the gondola along the top cable which does not move and only acts like a rail for the cable cars. The picture above shows one of the support towers. The other pictures do not because only 8 towers are used to support the 5.7 kilometre (3.5 mi) long route.

360 cable car

For a premium price, you can ride in the gondolas with a glass bottom for a better view of the valley below.  In the fog, I do not think it would have made much of a difference.

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There is a hiking trail for those that want to make a day of it. The cable car ride is about 25 minutes, by bus, it is only one hour.

 

Hiking trail.

 

When we get below the clouds, the scenery improves.

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Can you imagine this on a sunny day?

Which way is up?

No wonder why we could not see much up there.

Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal and offices.

Tugboats ready for work.

As we approach the station at the edge of the airport, things look a little different.

Is this the end of the line?

A closer look and a pass-through proves it is only a place to change direction about 60 degrees to head across the bay to the final terminal at Tung Chung station.

Please remain seated while we change directions.

The final lap.

Finally down to sea level and back in the city.

– Where do You want to go today? –

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngong_Ping_360

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