Lunar New Year bonus awaits 500 at cable car

Local | Sophie Hui 14 Jan 2019

Priority will be given to Hongkongers to ride on the Ngong Ping 360 during Lunar New Year without having to queue with hundreds of people wanting to visit the Big Buddha on Lantau Island.

All they have to do is register online, as a quota of at least 500 daily will be reserved for Hong Kong identity card holders to ride on the cable car without having to queue.

The new measure was announced by acting managing director Andy Lau Wai-ming.

The ticketing measure will be launched on Lunar New Year's Day and last for a week to February 11.

More details will be announced later, but it is understood the measure will also be applied to certain types of cable car tickets.

Benefiting from the launch of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in October, Ngong Ping 360 saw passenger numbers grow to 7,000 people a day on average in November, the highest on record since the cable car opened.

The cable car's journey starts from Tung Chung, which has seen huge crowds of tourists since the mega bridge opened. The attraction links Tung Chung and Ngong Ping on Lantau.

A fund-raising event - the Blindfold Cable Car Challenge - was held for the second year to raise funds for The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong, in support of its "Fostering Child and Adolescent Mental Health" project, which enhances children's and adolescents' resilience and ability to resist negative emotions.

Lau said about 1,000 people joined the half-day event yesterday, raising HK$428,000.

The four to six kilometer adventure and racing challenge began at the Tung Chung cable car terminal yesterday morning, involving family and open teams.

Participants were blindfolded during their cable car journey, to feel the things around them.

They had to finish tasks, relying on hints from their teammates, for instance, and use their fingers to make a photo frame on the window, to test communication skills.

After completing the blindfold games, participants had a "Barefoot Running Challenge" to the Big Buddha, walking on the staircases barefooted.

Many participants were families with children.

Stock market commentator Agnes Wu Mang-ching and media veteran Eileen Cha Siu-yan also joined the challenge.

The organizer also invited Hong Kong child singer Celine Tam Tsz-kwan, who was known for her performance in America's Got Talent, to sing the theme song for the event.

Winning teams received their trophies, vouchers for round trip cable car ride in Crystal Cabin, restaurants coupons and board games with a total value ranging from HK$1,905 to HK$3,760.

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