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Things to do on Lantau Island

By Viator, July 2014

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Most visitors to Hong Kong land at the international airport on Lantau Island and immediately head for Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. Those who take the time to explore this outlying island will find pristine, verdant mountains, beautiful and uncrowded beaches, beautiful views and traditional fishing villages untouched by the rapid modernization of the rest of Hong Kong.

Ngong Ping 360

Many of Lantau’s most popular attractions are included under the umbrella name Ngong Ping 360. From Tung Chung, the main settlement on Lantau Island, catch the Ngong Ping Cable Car for a 25-minute ride to the top of the Ngong Ping Plateau. From here, you’ll have views over mountainous Lantau Island and the South China Sea. At the top of the cable car sits one of Lantau’s most recognizable landmarks, the Big Buddha. This massive bronze seated Buddha statue stands 112 feet (34 meters) tall, and from here, you can explore the nearby Po Lin Monastery or have a meal with a view from the Ngong Ping Village.

Visitors who want a comprehensive Lantau experience will love the value and flexibility of the Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha Tour.

Hiking & Mountain Biking

Lantau Island is where Hong Kong residents come for fresh air and outdoor exercise, and if you’re looking for a bit of outdoor adventure, you’ll find a series of well-marked hiking and biking trails crisscrossing the island. Most of these trails make up the 43-mile (70-kilometer) Lantau Trail that loops around the island.

Shopping the Outlets

Hong Kong residents and a fair share of Mainland Chinese come to Lantau on the weekends to shop at the Citygate Outlet just outside of Tung Chung Station. The large outlet mall houses dozens of name brand retailers selling product at greatly discounted prices, particularly in comparison to the mega malls of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Experience a little culture with your shopping on a Lantau Island Big Buddha and Outlets Shopping Tour.

Tai O Fishing Village

If you want to see what Hong Kong might have been like when it was nothing more than a series of fishing villages, then plan to spend a morning or afternoon at Tai O. This tiny village is comprised of houses built on stilts, and the locals here still make their living fishing the South China Sea. If you’re interested in trying to spot the Chinese white dolphin, tours leave from Tai O throughout the day.

Cheung Sha and Pui O Beaches

Hong Kong doesn’t often show up on lists of top beach destinations, but Lantau Island has two clean and uncrowded stretches of sand perfect for a cooling dip in the sea. The road behind both beaches is lined with eateries, so you can easily spend an entire day here soaking up the sun.

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Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

4.5 star rating: Recommended 466 Reviews

Embark on a tour of Lantau Island in Hong Kong and visit the Giant Buddha Exhibition Hall at Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery. On this Big Buddha tour with a ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.35

Lantau Island Big Buddha and Outlets Shopping Tour

Enjoy a half-day trip to Lantau Island, Hong Kong's largest island, for a fascinating mix of cultural history and modern-day life! Take a cable car from Tung ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.36

Hong Kong Travel Pass Combo: MTR Pass, Ngong Ping Cable Car and Big Buddha Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a fun-filled day of Hong Kong sightseeing with this one-day travel pass and tour combo that allows you to explore the city with ease. You’ll get one day ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Varies

From USD $54.89

Lantau Island Hiking Tour in Hong Kong

Step foot on Lantau Island and head for the hills on a guided hike! The coastal trail takes you across a scenic portion of Lantau Island — twice the size of ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.17

Viator Exclusive: Lantau Island Sunset Tour Plus Airport Express and MTR

Experience Hong Kong and neighboring Lantau Island with this one-day travel pass and tour combo — it's a Viator Exclusive package that can’t be booked anywhere ...  Read more

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $121.02

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