Hong Kong, China
Buddhist architecture, fireworks over Sleeping Beauty's castle, a long sandy beach, a mall of shopping outlets - Lantau Island has it all
Lantau Island is the largest outlaying island of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, with an area of 141.6 square kilometers, nearly twice of the size of Hong Kong Island doubled. The main peak of the island, Lantau Peak, has an altitude of 935 meters, being the second highest peak in Hong Kong. Lantau Island is hilly with fewer plains. There are only small flat lands near streams. The most populated island is Tai O Village sited in the south-west of the island. Since the 1970s, many Hong Kong local people have been used to spend a short trip to Lantau Island on weekends or public holidays, to rest for busy urban daily work. The island has long and tortuous coastline, beautiful harbors and beaches, attractive mountains and water color. You can enjoy natural landscapes and historical monuments here at the same time.
As well as being Hong Kong's largest island it is also it's most varied with everything from grand vistas from high peaks, through a world class amusement park, to quiet beaches and historic villages. Visits stay for an afternoon or for a week and will find that there are more unique Lantau experiences to keep you busy.
The main tourist attractions in the island include Po Lin Monastery, Tai O Village, Tsing Ma Bridge, Ngong Ping 360, Tian Tan Giant Buddha etc.
【Po Lin Monastery】
Po Lin Monastery of the first of top four Buddhist temples in Hong Kong. The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks from Jiangsu province. The main temple buildings include majestic Hall of Heavenly Kings and palatial Mahavira Hall, which houses three bronze statues representing the Buddha of the past, present and future. It is 25 minutes away by cable car from Tung Chung town centre. This monastery offer accommodation service for visitors, so that they can get to Lantau Peak to see sunrise or have a short Kiyonaga.
【Tian Tan Giant Buddha】
Tian Tan Giant Buddha at Ngong Ping is one of the most distinctive landmarks on Lantau Island. At over 250 tonnes and 34 metres in height, the Giant Buddha is the largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue in the world. It is sited opposite Po Lin Monastery. The statue of Giant Buddha is designed and made by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Bureau, which makes it a combination of religious art and cutting-edge technology. Dubbed Tian Tan Giant Buddha, the statue sites on a three-storey altar modeled after the base structure found in the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. In the altar there is an exhibition gallery. And there is a large bell carved with statues and scriptures. This bell beats once every seven minutes controlled by computer.
Tai O is regarded as "Venice of Hong Kong". Tai O is away from the hustle and bustle of the city, less influenced by urbanization; therefore, it still retains fishing village’s view of old-time Hong Kong. In Tai O you can see a lot of elevated house huts over waterways, which are fishermen’s homes. The interspersed orderly rows of old shacks buildings shows a unique fishing village style in this island. Tai O traditional salted fish, shrimp paste and fish maw known far and wide. Set foot in Tai O, visitors will feel strong seafood flavor. Except for seeing beautiful scenery in Tai o, you can also visit some local specialty market to taste unique homemade seafood delicacies, or visit some Tai O Cultural Workshops. That will give you more chances to know more about this place.
【Tsing Ma Bridge】
Tsing Ma Bridge stretches across the Tsing Yi Islet and Ma Wan Islet. The ridge has a total length of 2,200 meters, the main bridge span is up to 1377 meters. There are two crane towers, each of which is 206 meters high itself and 62 meters above the sea level. It is the longest railway & highway suspension bridge in the world. The Tourist Centre of Lantau Link on the northwestern tip of Tsing Yi Island is the best place to watch the Tsing Ma Bridge.