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    Skyrail to hold test cable runs ahead of June launch

    Ngong Ping 360, which includes a 5.7-kilometer cable car and themed tourist village on Lantau, will conduct trial runs with volunteer passengers and guests next month ahead of its official opening at the end of June.


    Wendy Leung

    Thursday, May 11, 2006

    Ngong Ping 360, which includes a 5.7-kilometer cable car and themed tourist village on Lantau, will conduct trial runs with volunteer passengers and guests next month ahead of its official opening at the end of June.


    Project manager Skyrail-ITM said the trial runs will test crowd management, emergency rescue procedures, ticketing and wheelchair services.

    Volunteers for the tests will come from business partners, underprivileged groups, MTR Club members and Skyrail staff and family, said Skyrail director of sales and marketing Susan Tse.

    "After the trial runs, we will make further adjustments before our grand opening," she said.

    Ngong Ping 360 is forecast to attract 1.5 million visitors a year. The cable car line connects Tung Chung to Ngong Ping, site of Lantau's giant Buddha statue, and will include a station at the Chek Lap Kok headland at Hong Kong International Airport.

    The tourist village at the mountain end of the cable car will include culturally themed attractions such as Walking with Buddha, Monkey's Tale Theatre and the Ngong Ping Tea House.

    The latter is operated by Wing Wah which makes mooncakes and Chinese sausages. Wing Wah invested HK$7 million in the 2,500 square-foot yum cha restaurant which seats 50 customers. Company manager Patrick Wong Man-sau said there are fewer than 20 tables in the teahouse, "but we might add more after the soft runs."
    The teahouse will provide more than 50 kinds of Chinese tea, including four Hong Kong blends - Phoenix from Lantau Peak, Meng Shan from Castle Peak, Shoulder Pole tea from Tsing Yi and Pure Brightness herbal tea.

    Source : HK Standard News

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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL


    mtr club members have the priority to experience
    Ngong Ping 360 – a Journey of Enlightenment



    mtr club members will have a chance to experience Ngong Ping 360, the brand-new
    tourist attraction in Hong Kong, during the trial run period prior to its official opening
    by taking part in the mtr club “Ngong Ping 360 Quiz Game” from now on until 25
    May 2006.
    mtr club members, who could provide correct answers to all the three questions
    relating to Ngong Ping 360 on the MTR website
    www.mtr.com.hk, will enter a lucky
    draw and have a chance to win a visit for two to experience Ngong Ping 360 – a
    Journey of Enlightenment on Saturday, 17 June 2006, a trial run day before its official
    opening. Each visitor is entitled to a roundtrip journey of Ngong Ping Skyrail, an
    admission to “Walking with Buddha” and “Monkey’s Tale Theatre” in the “Ngong Ping
    Village”, as well as two connecting MTR Single Journey Tickets.
    “Previous visits organized for mtr club members have received over-whelming
    response. With Ngong Ping 360 scheduled to open in late June this year, we would
    like to take the opportunity to organize a visit to Ngong Ping 360 – a Journey of
    Enlightenment to thank mtr club members for their continuous support,” said Ms
    Jeny Yeung, General Manager – Marketing and Station Business of the MTR
    Corporation.
    “Ngong Ping 360 is a brand-new tourist attraction in Hong Kong combining a 5.7km
    spectacular cable car journey with a cultural themed village - “Ngong Ping Village”.
    The “Ngong Ping Village” occupies a 1.5 hectare site incorporating several major
    attractions, namely “Walking with Buddha”, “Monkey’s Tale Theatre” and “Ngong Ping
    Tea House”. With its unique features, we believe Ngong Ping 360 will become a
    “must-go” attraction of every tourist in Hong Kong,” said Mr Bill Calderwood,
    Managing Director of Skyrail – ITM (Hong Kong) Ltd., the operator of Ngong Ping 360.
    A total of 240 winners will be drawn on 29 May 2006. The list of winners will be
    published in
    Sing Tao Daily and The Standard on 2 June 2006. Winners will also be
    notified individually through emails. Participants may also check the ballot results
    on the MTR website
    www.mtr.com.hk from 2 to 17 June 2006.
    mtr club members, who take part in the “Ngong Ping 360 Quiz Game”, will have a
    chance to experience Ngong Ping 360 - a Journey of Enlightenment, on Saturday, 17
    June 2006, a trial run day prior to its official opening.



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    Quote Originally Posted by tloolgb
    Yawn. Nothing to make me want to cough up money to fly to Hong Kong.
    That's too bad tloogb. Apart from them now having a DL park, Hong Kong is a fabulous city to visit. The feel and dynamics of the city, the skycrappers, Victoria Peak, surrounding mountains and everything in between is just fabulous. You should definitely plan to go there sometime in the future. It's definitely one of the "MUST SEE" cities on Earth.

    As for the Ngong Ping gondolas... it's an amazing sight to see them go up the side of that mountain, just like the ones they have at Ocean Park. I can't wait to go ride it..and I am affraid of heights!!

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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

    Quote Originally Posted by nish221
    Alas, not until summer '07. But now it's on the docket! We might do TDR
    (since we're going thru Japan), but not sure about that! NOW if we could
    swing that THAT would be awesome! Almost as good as one of TDLFAN's trips! :-)
    Excuse me nish... but you *MUST* take a detour trip to TDR. Any dedicated Disney fan owes it to him/herself to do so if you go to Japan.

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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    Excuse me nish... but you *MUST* take a detour trip to TDR. Any dedicated Disney fan owes it to him/herself to do so if you go to Japan.
    thanks, TDLFAN for those words of encouragement! I personally want (dying!) to go, but the demands of time (and relatives!) might be just too much. There's still time
    so we'll see what happens!

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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

    DITCH the relatives, period. I would sell my mother to a caravan of gypsies if it meant being able to spend a day at TDR.

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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    That's too bad tloogb. Apart from them now having a DL park, Hong Kong is a fabulous city to visit. The feel and dynamics of the city, the skycrappers,
    Oh Hong Kong looks amazing but as far as the mountain tops...nah. : I am a theme park man and besides the airport, Disneyland and skyscrapers Hong Kong doesn't have anything to justify me spending thousands on plane fare to get over there. I mean for fun I was looking at flights to Paris...2 grand per ticket. Something has to be damn amazing to get me to spend 2 grand on a place ticket.

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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    DITCH the relatives, period. I would sell my mother to a caravan of gypsies if it meant being able to spend a day at TDR.
    Maybe you should change your tagline from "TDR rules" to "Will exchange mom for a day in TDR!" :-)

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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

    Ngong Ping 360 Partners New Lantao Bus for All-inclusive Lantau Explorer Packages

    Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong’s new tourism attraction, has entered into a partnership with New Lantao Bus Co. (1973) (NLB) which will allow Hong Kong residents and visitors to enjoy full day explorer packages which pair the Ngong Ping Skyrail with NLB Explorer passes for their services on Lantau.



    Two different types of packages are being offered: the Lantau Package which combines Ngong Ping 360 with unlimited travel on NLB bus services throughout Lantau, and Tai O Packages which add unlimited bus journeys between Ngong Ping and Tai O to the Ngong Ping 360 experience.

    Both of the two types of packages can be combined with either roundtrip or one way journeys on the spectacular Ngong Ping Skyrail.

    For a maximum of HK$118 on normal days, guests can enjoy return Ngong Ping Skyrail with an opportunity to explore the entire outlying island by presenting NLB’s unlimited trips day pass. Alternatively, the Tai O Package which costs HK$103 takes guests to experience return Skyrail with NLB bus round trip between Ngong Ping and Tai O.

    Lantau, one of Hong Kong’s hottest new tourism destinations and its largest outlying island, now offers a wide range of experiences that will complement a day out at Ngong Ping 360.

    Places of interest include the vast beaches of Silvermine Bay and Cheung Sha, the traditional fishing villages of Pui O and Tai O, Shek Pik Reservoir dam and Wisdom Path, home to the wooden replica of the Heart Sutra, one of Buddhism’s best-known sutra prayers, as well as Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue that are located adjacent to the Ngong Ping Village.

    “These new packages which combine the spectacular Ngong Ping 360 experience with unlimited travel by New Lantau Bus throughout the island will help visitors to really explore Lantau as Hong Kong’s premier tourism destination,” said Ngong Ping 360’s Managing Director, Mr Bill Calderwood.
    “Our partnership with New Lantao Bus also supports our mission to boost tourism to Lantau Island as a whole.”

    Opening at the end of June, Ngong Ping 360 is a dynamic new tourism experience which combines a stunning 5.7 km cable car journey with an impressive cultural themed village and easy access to the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, the world’s largest, seated, outdoor, bronze Buddha statue.





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    Ngong Ping 360 Announces June 24 Opening

    30 Day Countdown Begins


    (Hong Kong, May 25, 2006) -- Ngong Ping 360 is pleased to announce that Hong Kong’s unique world-class new tourist attraction will open to the public in just 30 days, on 24 June 2006.
    Mr. Henry Tang, GBS, JP, Financial Secretary of HKSAR Government will officiate the Grand Opening Ceremony on 23 June, the eve of the opening day of Ngong Ping 360.
    Today, a public display and countdown clock was launched at MTR Central Station which shows the official countdown to the eagerly-awaited debut of Ngong Ping 360 to the public.
    "Ngong Ping 360, officially opening on 24 June, is destined to become an iconic new attraction for Hong Kong," said Ngong Ping 360 Managing Director, Bill Calderwood. "We look forward to welcoming Hong Kong residents and tourists on the
    Journey of Enlightenment 30 days from today."
    The new tourist experience is expected to attract 1.5 million tourists


    Source: Ngong Ping 360


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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

    Video Clips on Ngong Ping 360.

    Ngoing Ping 360 will be opened to public on June 24, 2006. It will be officiated by the Finance Secretary on June 23, 2006.

    According to the news, it was estimated that 15,000 is the max no. of people it can carry per day.
    and the operator expects 80,000 people during the 1st week.


    Click here

    Source : TVB news

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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

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    and the operator expects 80,000 people during the 1st week.
    And I bet the Chinese show up in droves and they get 100,000 or have to turn people away.

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    Ticket fears as Skyrail counts down to opening

    With a lavish ceremony, Skyrail-ITM, operator of the Tung Chung cable car, has kicked off its 30-day countdown to the official opening.


    Wendy Leung

    Friday, May 26, 2006

    With a lavish ceremony, Skyrail-ITM, operator of the Tung Chung cable car, has kicked off its 30-day countdown to the official opening.
    But how individuals can purchase tickets for the new tourist attraction is not totally clear.
    Skyrail managing director Bill Calderwood said Thursday the first cable car connecting Tung Chung and Ngong Ping, the site of Lantau's giant Buddha statue, will run at 10am on June 24, departing from both terminals.
    "We expect the public will come early," Calderwood said.
    Visitors can buy tickets from major travel agents such as Hong Thai Travel and Wing On Travel starting from June 2, the cable car terminals at Tung Chung and Ngong Ping from the opening date, selected MTR stations from July 1 and on the Internet, he said.
    But the company did not specify which MTR stations will sell tickets, nor the date that online bookings at its Web site will start.
    Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong legislator Lau Kong-wah said further details about ticketing should be announced as soon as possible.
    "After the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland and the Wetland Park, we know that local and overseas tourists are eager to try our new attractions," said Lau, adding he hoped Skyrail had noted the Lunar New Year ticketing problems at Disneyland.
    Calderwood said the company has crowd management contingency plans and that trial runs will start June 8.
    He was confident the cable car, along with the other attractions at Ngong Ping 360 such as Walking with Buddha, Monkey's Tale Theater and the Ngong Ping Tea House, will be a local and overseas family destination.
    Lau hoped Skyrail is fully prepared for the opening: "Tourists from overseas want to plan their trips earlier, especially with the summer holidays approaching, and we still don't know when and how to book tickets online."
    He added: "The trial runs shouldn't be too close to the opening day, as they will need time for adjustments and improvements."
    DAB colleague Chan Kam-lam echoed Lam's concerns: "Is [the lack of information] because the company is not well prepared? And it has to announce early if the tickets are sold out."
    He urged Skyrail "not to repeat the mistakes made by Disneyland. Otherwise it will damage the reputation of Hong Kong tourism."
    Skyrail operates similar cable cars at Sydney's Taronga Zoo and the Rainforest Cableway in Queensland.
    The cable car is expected to carry 15,000 passengers on its first day, and between 50,000 and 80,000 passengers in the first week after opening. It is also forecast to attract 1.5 million visitors a year. Round-trip tickets are HK$88 for adults and HK$45 for children. Single trips are HK$58 for adults and HK$28 for children during non-holidays.

    Source : Hong Kong Standard News

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    "Ngong Ping 360" MTR Commemorative Ticket Set
    To commemorate the opening of Ngong Ping 360 on 24 June 2006, MTR is launching a limited-edition “NP360” MTR Commemorative Ticket Set starting 18 June 2006. Priced at $150, each ticket set includes four souvenir tickets, one ticket holder, and a watch. The ticket sets will be available for sale at Customer Service Centres at all MTR stations (except Airport Express) while stock lasts.

    Each ticket is valid for two rides to any destination on the MTR (except Airport Express) until 17 August 2006. Each person is limited to two sets per purchase.

    * This ticket set does not include "Ngong Ping 360" ticket


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    Re: Ngong Ping 360 to complement HKDL

    A new video clip on Ngong Ping 360 and Ngong Ping Village


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