On Lantau Island you can find the famous Ngong Ping 360 cable car as well as a wealth of pretty tacky shopping malls and other glitzy attractions. To put things in perspective, Lantau Island is also the home of Hong Kong Disneyland, which tells you everything you need to know about this part of town. That said, if you dig a little deeper then you can uncover some gems here.
Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery
One of the best gems here is the serene Tian Tan Buddha located next to the equally beautiful Po Lin Monastery. You can either get a bus to the Buddha or take the cable car and enjoy the sweeping views, but you will only get as far as the base and will then have to walk up 268 steps to get to the top. Once there, you can marvel at the bronze Buddha that weighs in at 250 metric tons. On the way down you can stop off for lunch at the monastery where light vegetarian meals are served in the onsite cafeteria. This is also an opportunity to see the monks here in action and make a donation to the monastery.
Ngong Ping 360
Ngong Ping 360 may be one of the most impressive rides in all of Hong Kong. It is certainly not cheap, but if you want to soar to new heights and take in some truly stunning views then this is the place to come. This cable car has a variety of cars, some of which are completely see-through, including the floors, so hire one of these only if you are not scared of heights. Another good reason to take the cable car, apart from the views, is that this is one way to get across to the Tian Tian Buddha.
One of the best ways to get to Lantau is by taking a ferry from Central to the town of Mui Wo. Here you will feel as if you are far from the crowds of Hong Kong island, and there is a real village feel here which many visitors appreciate. Many people come here for the seafood restaurants along the waterfront, and this is also the start (or finish) of the Lantau Trail. It is not possible to finish the whole route in a day, but if you fancy going for a walk then this is a solid place to start, and you can continue along for a few hours before getting a bus at various points along the way.
Lantau, unlike other islands like Lamma and Cheung Chau is far less contained and there is no real ‘center’ here. Instead, it sprawls in different directions and is made up of eclectic parts that include Disneyland, ancient monasteries, and some of the best hiking in the territory. If you have some time, then taking the ferry out here and seeing another side of busy Hong Kong is a great choice.