10 Things to Do in Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Lantau Island is a place that is not to be missed if you are visiting Hong Kong. It lets you explore both the modern and the rural side of Hong Kong. The main highlights are Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Tian Tan Buddha and Hong Kong Disneyland. But there is much more to attract even nature/beach lovers and therefore, below is a list of 10 things to do in Lantau Island.

  1. Ngong Ping 360 

The Ngong Ping 360 is a popular cable car system in Lantau Island. The cable car connects the Tung Chung part of Lantau Island with Ngong Ping Terminal, which is home to the Ngong Ping Village. From here, you can access the Tian Tan Buddha and the Wisdom Path. The total distance of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car line is 5.7 kilometres. It takes about 25 minutes to reach the Ngong Ping Terminal and as you are up in the sky, you will be able to see panoramic views of Hong Kong’s skyline along with the North Lantau Country Park, the South China Sea and Tian Tan Buddha at a distance.

2. Tian Tan Buddha

Tian Tan Buddha is a large bronze statue of Buddha at Ngong Ping Village of Lantau Island. This statue is one of the largest Buddha statues in China standing at a height of 34 meters and weighing over 200 metric tonnes. It symbolizes peace, harmony and generosity. The Tian Tan Buddha Statue was completed in 1993 on the day which the Chinese consider as Buddha’s enlightenment. You can also see six smaller statues of gods around the Buddha statue. They seem to be offering flowers, incense etc for the Buddha.    

3. Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is the largest theme park in Hong Kong, located on Lantau Island. It consists of seven areas that are themed according to the activities they offer; Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land. Fantasyland and Tomorrowland are not to be missed if you are travelling here with kids. The Fantasyland has Disney characters like Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella and even the Sleeping Beauty’s Magical Castle. Tomorrowland is for all the MARVEL fans out there with ‘The Iron Man Experience’ as the highlight.

4. Wisdom Path

Wisdom Path is a unique path in Hong Kong, and it contains wooden columns inscribed with the calligraphy of the verses from the Heart Sutra written by master Sinologist Professor Jao Tsung-I. These verses symbolize wisdom and completeness. Therefore, the first thing that you will notice is that the 38 columns in the Wisdom Path are arranged like an ‘8’, more specifically saying it is the sign for infinity. Most of the columns measure up to 8-10 meters. The tallest one is the no.23 column and it is intentionally left blank to convey the message ’emptiness’ that comes in the Heart Sutra.

5. Lantau Trail

Lantau Trail is made just for all those nature lovers who are visiting Lantau Island. It is a 70 km loop that starts and ends at Mui Wo. The hiking trail can only be completed by foot and that is why it makes such a good adventure. There are 12 sections to the Lantau Trail. Therefore, the beginning of the trail; section 1 and 2 is suitable for novice hikers and section 3 which is the hardest part of all the sections is suitable for more experienced hikers.

6. Tung Chung Fort

Tung Chung Fort is just the place to be if you want to learn about the history of Hong Kong. This fort was built in the 10th century BC during the Southern Song dynasty. Pirates like Cheung Po Tsai have also used the Tung Chung Fort as his base but later after his capture from the Qing government, it was used by the Right Battalion of Tai Peng to protect the coast from invasion by pirates. The Japanese captured the fort during WWII. Today, you can see three archways and canons within the fort. 

7. Dolphin Watching

Lantau Island is also famous for dolphin watching expeditions. You can arrange a half-day tour; these tours last about 5 hours and refreshments are provided as well. You will be pink dolphins and if you are lucky even some other types too!

8. Tai O Fishing Village

The Tai O Fishing Village in Lantau Island is one of the best places to see rural life in Hong Kong. You can reach the village from the Mui Wo Ferry Pier, it takes only 45 minutes. This is almost untouched by the modern ways of the city or the other parts of the island. Most of the houses here are built on water and they are known as stilt homes! People here live on fishing. There are small paths in the village, a market and a few shops where you can buy souvenirs.

9. Discovery Bay

Discovery Bay is a residential area in Lantau Island, and it provides a calming effect on people who visit it, away from the hustle-bustles from Hong Kong city. There are many resorts, golf courses, night clubs, shopping complexes and even a beach! This beach is a manmade 400-meter long beach but you can also enjoy some natural beaches at Tai Pak and Yi Pak Bays.

10. Cheung Sha Beach

Cheung Sha Beach, located close to Pui O Village, is the longest beach in Hong Kong. But it is made of two beaches; the Lower Cheung Sha Beach and Upper Cheung Sha Beach. So, if you are looking for a half-day beach time or weekend away in Lantau Island this is the place for you! It can be crowded on the weekends but you can engage in many activities including swimming and kite surfing. There are BBQ spots in the beach as well.

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