Top 10 Things To Do on Lantau Island
View of Tian Tian Buddha from afar | © Robert Montgomery/Flickr
This island on the western side of the Hong Kong peninsula boasts dramatic ocean views, gorgeous hiking trails, unspoiled beaches and picturesque villages, not to mention the iconic Tian Tian Buddha statue and Hong Kong Disneyland. Here are the 10 best attractions in Lantau.
Ngong Ping Village
Ngong Ping Village | © Edwin Lee/Flickr
Nestled on the sweeping mountainside of Lantau, the picturesque Ngong Ping Village features traditional Chinese architecture
, shops, restaurants and tea houses. It’s the perfect place to drop by for a light bite of dim sum, and perhaps a souvenir or two, before heading to the nearby Tian Tian Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.
Tian Tian Buddha
Buddhist Temple, Shrine
Tian Tian Buddha | © SAM CHUANG/Flickr
A trip to the majestic Tian Tian Buddha
is a must for first time visitors to Lantau. The 112 ft-tall, 250 metric ton bronze sculpture rests on a podium that visitors must climb 268 steps to reach.
Po Lin Monastery
Monastery, Buddhist Temple, Shrine
Po Lin Monastery | © Matt Watts/Flickr
Located right across from the Tian Tian Buddha, this tranquil, century old monastery complex is composed of palatial prayer halls, shrines, courtyards, gardens and a scripture library. Wander through the halls to admire the ornate gilding and colorful statues placed throughout. In addition to attracting many tourists, Po Lin Monastery
is a popular place for practicing Buddhists come to worship and light incense.
This 70 kilometer hiking trail circles Lantau Island, passing many rural villages, beaches and waterfalls along the way. It includes Sunset Peak, which is renowned for its breathtaking vista of rolling hills partially shrouded in fog. The trail is divided into 12 sections of varying difficulty.
Tai O Fishing Village
Tai O fishing village, Lantau island, Hong Kong | © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo
The old fishing port of Tai O
offers a unique and authentic glimpse of what life was like in pre-colonial Hong Kong. Stilt house settlements, once prevalent across the coast of southern China, are now a thing of the past. A boat tour will take you past the stilt houses of Tai O, propped on wooden stilts along the estuary. It’s an enchanting and slightly ethereal sight.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland | © Wei-Te Wong/Flickr
This ever cheery American export is divided into seven themed “lands,” including Hong Kong
exclusives such as Grizzly Gulch, which has an American Wild West theme, and Mystic Point, a mysterious rainforest with a haunted manor. There’s a daily parade on Main Street in the afternoon, and a nightly fireworks show at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
The Chinese white dolphin (known locally as the pink dolphin due to its attractive, mottled pink hue) is found in waters to the north and south east of Lantau Island, . Book a dolphin-spotting tour with Hong Kong Dolphinwatch to see these adorable creatures in the wild and learn about the plight of this endangered species.
Mui Wo | © Sarah Joy/Flickr
Mui Wo is a sleepy rural town
on Lantau’s eastern coast. At the Mui Wo Cooked Food Centre, you’ll find a row of waterfront restaurants specializing in cheap, delicious seafood such as deep fried squid, steamed mussels and more. You can also rent a bike and set off to explore nearby rural villages and waterfalls.
Silvermine Bay Beach
Silvermine Bay Beach | © J Aaron Farr/Flickr
This sandy stretch of beach is Mui Wo’s most popular attraction. Compared to the packed beaches of Hong Kong Island, Silvermine is pleasantly unspoiled and uncrowded. Spend an idyllic day strolling along the water, barbecuing, playing volleyball and more.
Citygate Outlets | © shankar s./Flickr
If words like “bargain” and “sale” get your heart racing, Citygate Outlets is the place for you. At Hong Kong’s largest outlet mall, brands like Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade and Tommy Hilfiger offer discounted products all year round.