Hong Kong Islands: Lantau

October 20, 2011 by

Best Of Lists, Day Trips, Sightseeing, Top Attractions

The Giant Buddha is just one of the many attractions on Lantau Island

Hong Kong is a territory of islands: 230 of them to be precise, and Lantau is the biggest of them all. With Hong Kong’s highest mountain, a rugged coastline and several pretty beaches, Lantau is a popular getaway for people looking to escape the gleaming high rises of Hong Kong and Kowloon.

The majority of visitors come to Lantau to see just one attraction – the Giant Buddha at the Po Lin Monastery – but there is plenty more to see on the island. Here’s our pick of standout attractions.

Hong Kong Disneyland
The fairytale kingdom has called Lantau Island home for the last five years. There are currently four themed areas: Main Street U.S.A, Fantasyland, Adventureland and Tomorrowland. November 2011 sees the introduction of an eagerly anticipated fifth adventure area: Toy Story Land.

Tai O Fishing Village
This authentic fishing village is home to the Tanka people who live in stilt houses built over the tidal flats. Take a look at the pretty Kwan Tai temple (1488-1505 A.D.) and the ancient Yeung Hau Temple (from the 11th century), and explore the market around Tai O.

Nong Ping Tourist Village
Ride a cable car from Tung Chung to Nong Ping for magnificent views of the island and the Giant Buddha. Explore the activities and eating options available in the village and then stroll to the Po Lin Monastery, just five minutes from here.

Po Lin Monastery and the Giant Buddha
The Giant Buddha is not an ancient statue, but it is nevertheless an impressive sight. You’ll need to climb around 200 steps to reach the Buddha, but you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views across Lantau’s mountainous surrounds. Visit the Po Lin Monastery and stop for lunch at the monk’s vegetarian restaurant. From here it’s just a short walk to the Wisdom Path, which contains engraved replicas of an ancient heart sutra (prayer).

- Emma McMahon

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