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Pay a visit to the Giant Buddha, visit Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery and explore the island of Lantau on this incredible tour, complete with a professional and friendly guide. You’ll get a taste of the beautiful beaches, fishing villages and stunning mountain ranges that make this destination so unique, while getting a behind-the-scenes look at the spirituality and Buddhist practices that drive the culture here. The tour includes lunch, a one-way ferry ride and round-trip hotel transport.

Please note: Cable car will not operate from Jan 1st, 2017 to May 31st, 2017 due to scheduled maintenance, you will be provided coach transfer from Nong Ping Village down to Tung Chung during this period.


  • Full-day tour of Lantau Island in Hong Kong
  • Ride an express ferry across Hong Kong Harbour to Lantau Island
  • Visit Po Lin Monastery and the Giant Buddha Exhibition Hall on a Big Buddha tour
  • Pass Tai O fishing village and its traditional houses on stilts
  • Take a 25-minute sky rail cable car from Ngong Ping Village to Tung Chung town
  • Enjoy a vegetarian lunch at the monastery
  • Round-trip hotel transport from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get an extremely knowledgeable guide, a traditional vegetarian lunch and photo ops of a very big Buddha statue! The best part is the cable car ride down the mountain – the views are mind-blowing!

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What You Can Expect

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Your friendly guide and expert driver will collect you from your Hong Kong hotel and transport you to the express ferry that will take you across Hong Kong Harbor to the shores of Lantau Island. Head to Cheung Sha Beach—the longest beach in the area—on a comfortable coach bus, then tour the fishing village of Tai O, where you’ll see traditional stilted home and learn more about daily local life.

This Lantau Island Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong will then take you to the top of Ngong Ping Plateau where you’ll see the Tian Tan Buddha at Po Lin Monastery. This famous statue stretches more than 111 fee t (34 meters) high and is the largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha on earth.

Take a tour of Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery and wander through the halls of the Giant Buddha Exhibition. Enjoy the quiet contemplation of the Wisdom Path, where ancient prayers are written on wooden columns that represent infinity. 

Savor a typical vegetarian meal at the monastery before venturing on to an optional cultural village tour. This magnificent day ends as you travel from the mountain top by Ngong Ping 260 sky rail cable car to the Ngong Ping Plateau. The 25-minute trip offers up some of the most spectacular natural views and is not to be missed. Once you’ve arrived at Tung Chung Village you’ll make your way back to Hong Kong Island or Kowloo by coach bus.

Customer Reviews

Bruce Mexico

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Este tour es todo un encuentro con la naturaleza, la cultura de Hong Kong y las distintas religiones que se profesan en China. Nuestro guía de turistas fue muy amable e informativo con todas nuestras preguntas sobre temas como religión y la forma de vida de la gente en Hong Kong. Este tour incluye una breve visita a una playa donde la gente de Hong Kong acostumbra ir para huir de la ciudad. Además visitamos un pueblo de pescadores, donde se pueden apreciar las mercancías del lugar en un pintoresco mercado. Ahí mismo hicimos un paseo en bote donde pudimos ver las estructuras de las casas sobre el agua.
El paseo continua hacia el lugar donde está el Buda Gigante. Para mi agrado, el camión nos dejó justo en la cima, atrás de la estatua de Buda. Por lo que no fue tan pesado el recorrido, solo tuvimos que bajar las escaleras al terminar. La vista desde la cima es espectacular, la naturaleza, los monasterios. Uno de los mejores momentos en mi estancia en Hong Kong. Una vez que bajamos las escaleras, tuvimos una agradable comida en el monasterio, con comida vegetariana muy sencilla y con sabores muy sutiles. Después recorrimos los alrededores del monasterio y procedimos al área comercial Ngong Ping, donde tomamos un teleférico con una vista espectacular del lugar. El guía de turistas nos entregó un boleto para el teleférico tradicional, pero por muy pocos dólares se puede cambiar por una cabina con piso de cristal, lo cual valió la pena! El regreso al hotel fue agradable y sin contratiempos. Definitivamente volvería a tomar este tour.

Mindy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was amazing!

Anthony G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour guide - interesting and knowledgeable without being overbearing. Overall a fascinating day trip which included the fishing village, The Buddha and a great lunch at the monastery.

Julian E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Brilliant day. Nice to see something of Lantau Island before seeing the Giant Buddha and visiting the monastery which are both a must . Cable car is brilliant with fantastic views. Really enjoyed our day.

Kim L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This is a great well organised tour of Lantau Island. First of all you take the ferry across to Lantau Island and then get to explore the whole island by coach, visiting local villages and temples on the island. The floating village was an eye opener on how to preserve food and the locals were friendly. The Giant Buddha is an incredible structure to see and visit. A highlight of the tour which I was not expecting was to actually be able to go inside the Buddha itself when it is not open to the general public and hear the history associated with it's creation and the artefacts we saw was a unique experience. The lunch at the temple was made with local produce and very tasty. I particularly liked the end of the tour with upgrading to the glass bottom cable care ride back down the mountain side, great views!! Definitely recommend this tour.

Greta P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Really interesting.

Diane T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Apart from the fact that it took nearly 2 hours to collect all the passengers from the various hotels before we reached Victoria Harbour where we were taking the ferry to Lantau Island, this excursion was 5 star and should not be missed. The guide was very informative and plenty of time was given to explore each of the places visited. The whole complex in which the Big Buddha sits is fascinating and there is so much to see, espectially within the main temple. Lunch was delicious but as there were so many separate courses served up we didn't stay to the end as we were more interested in spending the time sightseeing. The cable-car journey was breathtaking and fortunately for the bus journey back, the passengers were separated into 2 buses to speed the return to the hotel. A wonderful, wonderful, experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Visitors to HK shouldn't miss this tour . The place was full of visitors but you feel so serene while visiting the Big Buddha and I think it's a special place . I also loved the vegetarian lunch that was served and I hope I can make it the way they served it. The tour guide , Diana ? Was very good and patient ! I've used Viator during my travels and they always deliver !!

Amber E M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We started the day by meeting our guide - Kurt, originally from Austria but has been living in HK for 28 years - at the ferry wharf on Hong Kong Island. From there it was a reasonably short boat trip to Lantau Island where we were met by a coach to take us to our first stop Tai O fishing village. Along the way Kurt filled us in on a little of Lantau's history. He was incredibly knowledgeable, in fact all throughout the day he was a font of knowledge which greatly added to the enjoyment of the tour. The fishing village was just as I'd imagined with a fantastic cultural history. From here we were taken to the Big Buddha, once again with Kurt's fantastic commentary added to our experience. We were left to our own devices for a time to take photos and walk the many steps down to the monastery where we enjoyed an amazing vegetarian feast. The monastery itself was also beautiful. From here we walked through Ngong Ping village, which looked quite touristy but nice, although we didn't have the time to stop and wander around as we headed for the gondola. Be prepared to wait here I can't remember how long we waited, maybe close to an hour as the queue was quite long, but the wait was worth it. 5.7 kilometres long with fantastic views back at the giant Buddha statue, it was amazing. We were met by buses at the other end that then took us back to either our hotel or the ferry terminal on Hong Kong Island. All in all I'd highly recommend this tour, especially if your guide is Kurt!

Liliana G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wow! Simply Wow! What a great island and village. Our guide was fantastic, as a Lantau native he knew so much history. The Buddha is truly breathtaking. So glad we went.

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