Lantau Island is one of those places that nobody goes home disappointed, because it caters for everybody. It has culture, entertainment, food, hiking trails, unspoiled beaches, picturesque villages, and everyone’s favourite, Hong Kong Disneyland.
Where do you start with Lantau Island? Rather than ply you with an itinerary, we’d rather give you a list of highlights and allow you the fun of planning. If you are the active kind, there’s 70 kilometres of hiking trail that circumnavigates Lantau Island. The trail passes many tiny villages including Ngong Ping Village with its traditional Chinese architecture, shops, restaurants and tea houses. We recommend dim sum for your rest stop.
The old fishing port of Tai O is an intriguing insight into pre-colonial Hong Kong and is easily recognisable with its stilt houses. Explore the backstreets for Tai O’s speciality food and street markets for local delicacies including home-made prawn paste, salted fish, dried seafood and street foods such as local egg waffles, pancakes, and Hong Kong-style grilled pineapple.
No trip to Lantau is complete without seeing the magnificent 112 ft-tall, 250 metric ton bronze Tian Tian Buddha. The best way to see this majestic sculpture is up close of course and that means climbing 268 steps to reach it. It’s well worth it and the views from the top are breathtaking. Don’t forget to walk through the Wisdom Path just behind the Tian Tan Buddha, it’s well with a look and comprises 38 wooden columns on which verses from the centuries-old Heart Sutra have been carved. A trip on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is also highly recommended.
At the other end of cultural spectrum there’s Hong Kong Disney Land Resort. For around US$100 will get you a day of rides, enchanted lands, themes, and events. No one leaves unhappy from Disneyland. As Walt said, “dream, believe, dare, do!” Due to COVID check their website for updates regarding opening dates.
Take a ferry to Mui Wo from Central and then take bus No 2 from the Mui Wo Ferry Pier. Or Alternatively take the Ngong Ping Cable Car from Tung Chung MTR station.
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car single double fare starts from HK $160 / $235 for adults and HK$75 / $110 for children.