Mountains and Monasteries of Lantau Island
Mountains and Monasteries
of Lantau Island
Lantau Island’s’ enchanting beaches, quaint fishing villages,
ancient monasteries and lush mountains offer a peaceful
escape from the hustle and bustle of the main islands.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Trade in Hong Kong Island’s frenetic activity for the quieter calms of the mountainous Lantau Island, Hong Kong’s largest island. This is home to enchanting beaches, quaint fishing villages and ancient monasteries and temples, nestled against a lush mountain backdrop.
The island is dominated by Lantau Peak, on the top of which stands the Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha. The coastline is still home to traditional fishing villages with wooden houses built on stilts in the water, some of which have been converted into restaurants serving fresh seafood caught that very day. This exciting full-day tour introduces you to another side of Hong Kong away from the bright lights of the business metropolis.
08:30 - 16:30
In the morning, accompanied by the guide, set off to the MTR and take the subway to Tung Chung Station. The day’s exploration starts on a high with a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car up to the Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha. The elevated journey reveals a sprawling land and seascape with views of the ocean, airport and undulating hills.
On reaching the peak, disembark and discover Hong Kong’s spiritual side. There is time to explore Po Lin Monastery featuring leafy courtyards and captivating architecture containing statues, scriptures, and other holy items. Admire the striking Tian Tan Buddha statue that looks out over Hong Kong Island. Informally known as Big Buddha, the majestic, bronze statue stands at 34 metres high and attracts visitors from across the globe. You can walk around the entire statue and soak up the panoramic views of the surrounding islands and the sea.
After a tasty vegetarian lunch at the monastery, jump onto a bus and journey to Tai O Village, an ancient fishing village set on the coastline. This small community of stilted houses built above the water oozes history and heritage and gives an insight into life in a traditional rural village.
After exploring the small alleyways and paths of the village, hop onto another bus to the bustling coastal town of Mui Wo. From here, you will board a public ferry for the cruise back to the hotel.