First of all, I made sure I stayed in a hotel in Lantau Island, away from the city, and a convenient take off point to the islands. So weekend came, and I'm all set to explore a new path.
Saturday, I started on a slow and relaxing road trip around Lantau via bus. I planned for a stop in Ngong Ping where the Giant Buddha is, then head further down to Tai O where the fishing village with stilt houses and pink dolphins are. I decided to skip Mui Wo, which is just a landing point for folks coming from the city via ferry.
I've been to Ngong Ping once before, so I planned a slightly different itinerary for this place. I took the bus, similar to the last time. I was tempted to take the cable car, but given that the track record was not good (an accident happened before where a cable car fell), I wasn't keen on it. Besides, I've ridden cable cars in the past and even if this offered a scenic view, I'm more comfortable on land anyway. The bus trip from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping was about 50 minutes and the path up was a winding road. A lot of people call this a hairy ride, and indeed it is. So now, I ask myself, is this safer than the cable car ride? Hahaha. Imagine the bus running along a highway, this is how fast it felt like, except that it was doing this in a winding road along the mountain. At one point, the mountain was actually just inches from the bus' window. But the views were marvelous. You see endless mountains with dark green lush trees and bushes. The road is built on the edge of the mountains and thus, you can see the views falling down on the side of the road. That was part of the reason why the bus ride felt like a roller coaster ride. But I salute the driver, excellent driving all the way.