Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Lantau Island tour, Hong Kong
You’ll experience Hong Kong like a true local today, travelling on public transport to get about. Start your day with a ride on the subway to Tung Chung, Lantau’s new town, before boarding a cable car for the 25minute ride to Ngong Ping village. From here you’ll have sweeping views over the South China Sea and the rugged hills of Lantau’s national park.
Continuing upwards, hike up to the bronze Tian Tan Buddha Statue which stands at an impressive 34 metres tall, casting his gaze over the island. The Po Lin Monastery is just next door, and from here you’ll continue along the ‘Wisdom Path'. The trail features 28 large wooden pillars that represent the various religious beliefs of Hong Kong, each decorated with beautiful calligraphy.
You’ll then board a public bus to the village of Ta’O village and learn about the ‘sea gypsy’ community who built their homes here. Wander between the mud-flat houses and sample the delicious seafood on offer at the street food stalls. Continue on to Kwan Tai temple, the oldest on the island, named after the famous War God. Your last stop is Cheung Sha, the longest beach in Hong Kong. Stroll along the 3 kilometres coastline, maybe stopping for lunch or a drink at the popular bars and restaurants, before travelling back to Hong Kong.
Lantau Island is a popular attraction and as you’ll be travelling by public transport, there may be queues for the buses - especially on the weekends.