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Please clarify for seeing the Big Buddha

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Please clarify for seeing the Big Buddha

I will be at the Hyatt Regency Kowloon...will take the metro to the Cable Car. When I finish on top, do I take the cable car back down? We will probably go to Tai O village and then on to Mui for the ferry back to Hong Kong..Do we take a bus or taxi to do this? Also, I am not the best on winding roads...which way should we go?..If we decide to go straight back to Hong Kong/Kowloon, do we still just take the cable car back down and then the metro? Thanks!

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From Tai O there is a fairly frequent bus service (bus number 1) to Mui Wo ferry pier and the journey takes about 40 mins;

http://www.newlantaobus.com/road_1.htm

From Tai O you can also take bus 11 to Tung Chung as an alternative to taking the cable car back to Tung Chung. The journey takes about 45/50 mins;

http://www.newlantaobus.com/road_11.htm

A taxi from Tai O to Mui Wo or Tung Chung costs about HK$150/180.

Some of Lantau's roads are hilly and winding in places but are much improved in recent years. I don't think you need worry too much and the bus journeys across Lantau are scenic.

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From the top (Ngong Ping), the best way to get to Tai O is by bus or taxi. The bus (Route No. 21) is more economical, and you can see the bus schedule here: http://www.newlantaobus.com/road_21.htm

Noting your comment that winding roads are not great for you.......well, there is a fair amount of windy-ness on the road from Ngong Ping to Tai O. A bit less on the road from Tai O to Mui Wo, which runs across the long south coast of Lantau Island. Buses and taxis take the same road, and the risk of motion sickness is the same. A bit of dramamine should be all you need. But if you are seriously concerned, the way to avoid any risk is to take the cable car back down to Tung Chung and the MTR from there. That is the best route if you want to go "straight back to HK." (of course, that means you miss the Tai O and Mui Wo experiences.)

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If you do take Dramamine, you should make sure to get the "Less Drowsy" formula (meclizine) rather than the original formula (dimenhydrinate). Otherwise, you may be too zoned out to enjoy the destinations. Bonine is also meclizine. Note that meclizine is suppose to make you "less drowsy," but there's always the risk of drowsiness. If you want to be sure, try it out on a weekend before your trip to see if it affects you that way.

Or if you want to avoid the risk of drowsiness entirely, you can try ginger capsules to fight motion sickness. Ginger works for many (but not all) people with no side effects. I use it myself. You can get them at any vitamin store or on Amazon.

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4. Re: Please clarify for seeing the Big Buddha

So if we go to tai o. We do not take the cable car back down

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From Tai O if you want to take the cable car back to Tung Chung take either bus 21 or taxi (about HK$55) back to Ngong Ping Village where the upper cable car terminus is located.

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OK, so the easiest would be we (4 of us) take a taxi from the top of Big Buddha to Tai o and then we can take a bus from tai o to mui wo! How much time should this take? Are the buses fairly frequent? Otherwise we will take the cable car back down and reverse our steps from the morning back to Kowloon.

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>> ... then we can take a bus from tai o to mui wo! How much time should this take? Are the buses fairly frequent? <<

Generally, the ride is about 45 minutes. Look at this time-table. Less buses on Mon - Sat. More buses on Sun/holidays. From Tai O to Mui Wo, it is the second vertical column of numbers (time) from the left for Mon-Sat, and the far right column of numbers for Sun/holidays.

http://www.newlantaobus.com/road_1.htm

On a weekday, it's about 1 bus every 40 to 45 minutes. So it is not very frequent. You should note the departure time for the bus you want to take to Mui Wo before you start touring the village in Tai O, and adjust your pace accordingly. Missing a bus would leave you with a long time to wait.

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I went yesterday. We caught the bus as the cable car was not working. The road is pretty windy and the. drivers drive it pretty fast! Before you go do check of the cable car is working g. We didn't and ended up waiting over 90 mins for the bus

That said. It was worth it

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The tram has been shut down for maintenance since September 2, as announced on their website. http://www.np360.com.hk/en/

They were planning to reopen today, but have pushed that back because of Usagi.

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