Written by: Huang Weilun
Last update date: 2020-10-25 19:41
Under the Double Ninth Festival, many citizens went out for outings, and some chose to "climb" the Big Buddha.
This afternoon (25th), there was an endless stream of tourists visiting Ngong Ping. Some people wandered around the market, while others did not fear the scorching sun and climbed a hundred steps to visit the Big Buddha. The children also enjoyed it: "What a big Buddha" , "So pretty".
Chongyang Chongyang climbed many people, and Ngong Ping merchants also benefited.
A merchant selling animal specimens said that in recent months, business has recovered 20 to 30%. Today, during the Chongyang Festival holiday, there are more tourists. "Today is very busy!"
On the Double Ninth Festival today, many citizens visited the Big Buddha.
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At about noon today, a large number of people were waiting in Tung Chung to go to Ngong Ping. Among them, Ngong Ping 360 had to wait in line for 75 minutes to buy tickets. Together with the 30 to 45 minutes waiting for the cable car, it would take about 2 hours at any time; On the No. 23 bus, there were more than 300 people waiting in line during peak hours.
When the reporter arrived at Ngong Ping in the afternoon, there was an endless stream of visitors. People walking up to the Big Buddha are coming one after another, especially one family.
Some believers kneel down to worship the Buddha.
(Photo by Huang Weilun)
The four of Ren Tai's family had never visited the Big Buddha in the past. They came here today on holiday and let the children feel the festive atmosphere of the Double Ninth Festival.
Mr. Ren said that because he was worried about the child's physical strength, he never climbed a hundred stairs and only watched the Buddha from afar.
Mr. Ren said that there are more people today than expected. Although the cable car tickets have been purchased online, they still have to wait in line for 30 minutes to get the tickets, and then wait another 15 minutes to board the cable car.
As for whether she will be worried about the epidemic, she frankly said that she has worries, but fortunately tourists all wear masks.
Although there are a lot of people, the 5-year-old Ren kid said with a smile: "So happy" and "It's fun to take the cable car." He hopes to visit again later, but he doesn't know what the Double Ninth Festival is.
Today, Mr. Li is a family of four visiting the Big Buddha. He also thinks that there are more tourists than expected, and he needs to wait for parking when he arrives at Ngong Ping.
He said that in the past there were few visits to the Big Buddha, and children had never visited. Today, "I want to ascend, I want to climb a car."
The Chen family also took the cable car to Ngong Ping today. Chen Sheng said that he waited for about an hour.
Chloe and Eason, who are in the first and third grades of the Chen family, took more than ten minutes to hike the multi-stairs for the first time to visit the Big Buddha. The two said that they were not tired and shouted that the Buddha is "good".
Both of them don't know what the Double Ninth Festival is. Regarding the holiday next day after the Double Ninth Festival tomorrow, Chloe said: "I must study."
The four of the Ren family took advantage of the holiday to visit the Big Buddha, hoping to experience the ascent of the Double Ninth Festival.
(Photo by Huang Weilun)
A large number of citizens went to Ngong Ping to climb high, which also benefited the surrounding businesses.
Mr. Cai, who has been operating animal specimens in the market for about 10 years, said that business was greatly affected by the epidemic. At its worst, only one to 20% of business remained in March, July and August. However, as the epidemic slowed down, the cable car restarted In recent months, the business has recovered to 20 to 30% of the past. Today, the Double Ninth Festival is particularly crowded, but the business is still 30 to 40% less than before the epidemic.
Regarding the government's recent relaxation of local tourist groups, Mr. Tsai believes that it will help business. As long as the venues hold more activities, visitors can be increased.
He also said that in the long run, tourists will come to Ngong Ping again and are confident that they can maintain their operations and still pay rent.
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