The Lantau Side of Hong Kong
The Lantau Side of
Seen from afar, and cited as an unmissable landmark when Hong Kong is on your travel agenda,
the world of Lantau Island is one filled with religious stories and mesmerizing views.
Catch the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and see for yourself why Lantau rocks.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Part of the outer rim of densely populated Hong Kong, Lantau is immersed with spirituality and religion. The largest outlying island in Hong Kong, it measures almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island with more than half of it has been designated as Country Park area.
Its tranquil and green environment makes it a popular spot for nature’s lovers and hikers. Few statues anywhere in the world have such a powerful pull on the imagination as the Giant Buddha gazing serenely on the Po Lin Monastery from its hillside site at Ngong Ping on Lantau Island and all this is wonderfully packed for explorers who eagerly want to see and be told what unfolds in the Hong Kong’s more hectic districts.
09:00 - 15:00
The morning starts with a warm welcome by your English-speaking guide at your booked hotel in either Kowloon or on Hong Kong Island. It is expected to reach the cable car station at the foothills of the path towards the Tian Tan Buddha statue. The morning starts with unrivalled views over the surrounding area as you soar above Lantau Island on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. At 5.7 kilometres, it is the longest bi-cable gondola lift in Asia and links Tung Chung Bay and the Ngong Ping Plateau via a 25-minute journey which has spectacular panoramas abound, thanks to the 360-degree vistas on offer from the cable car.
Once reaching the top, it is exploring two of the main landmarks that have put Lantau Island on the tourism road map. Perched atop the Ngong Ping plateau on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, the Po Lin Monastery has been home to Buddhist monks and a draw for visitors from across the globe ever since its founding in 1906. The complex includes several buildings however the main focal points are the palatial Great Hall, with its richly decorated walls and towering ceilings, as well as the impressive bronze Tian Tan Buddha statue, an addition to the monastery in 1993 that is appropriately known as the Big Buddha due to its 34-metre height which weighs in at 250 tons.
A vegetarian lunch is included during this day.
Before we descend back to the foothills where our Lantau journey started, there will be ample time to fully allow soaking in the views atop the Ngong Ping plateau. When clear skies present itself, seeing beyond the administrative borders of Hong Kong may even be possible. Time to meet up with the driver for the day and return back in comfort to downtown Hong Kong and your accommodation.