Ngong Ping Piazza is a public square linking various tourist and religious attractions in Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands of Hong Kong. It serves as a hub providing visitors easy access to such tourist destinations as the Po Lin Monastery, the Giant Buddha, Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Ngong Ping Village and Wisdom Path.
The piazza, which covers an area of about 1.5 hectares, was officially opened to the public in 2010 to improve tourism in the island. It features Buddhist architecture and elements which blend in with the religious ambience of the area. It is comprised of four components, namely the new Pai Lau, Bodhi Path, Di Tan and a Chinese landscaped garden.
The Pai Lau, or traditional Chinese archway, serves as the gateway to the piazza. It is built in the Northern architectural style of the Qing Dynasty which matches the style used by Po Lin Monastery.
The Bodhi Path is a 120-metre walkway which begins at the Pai Lau. Both sides of the path are lined with statues of the "12 Divine Generals" and 40 lotus-shaped stone lanterns.
The path leads to the piazza centre and the Di Tan (Earth Temple), an open space facing the Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha. It serves as a venue for religious ceremonies conducted by Po Lin Monastery. The Di Tan also contains four lotus ponds.
Visitors can also have take a respite at the Chinese landscaped garden, which was also built in the Northern architectural style.
How to get to the Ngong Ping Piazza:
- Take ferry from Central ferry pier 6 to Mui Wo. Then, take bus 2 and get off at Ngong Ping bus terminus.
- take MTR to Tung Chung Station, get out at Exit B. From the bus terminus next to the MTR station, take bus 23 to Ngong Ping bus terminus.
- Take MTR to Tung Chung Station, get out at Exit B and go to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. Take a 25-minute cable car ride to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal.