Ranging from the vintage Tai O fishing village which provides stark contrast to modern, urban Hong Kong, to the outstanding Hong Kong Airport and the Po Lin Monastery with its 34 meter Giant Buddha, Lantau has moved well beyond the huge largely undeveloped island, unconnected to primary Hong Kong except by ferry to an easily accessible and fascinating tree covered, mountainous spot with accessible and interesting sights. The cable car to the monastery is about a 25 minute journey with great views of the natural landscape, modern airport and hikers making the arduous trek across the island. The cable car is a short walk from the MTR ration. Lines can be very long on holidays but a small extra fee can give you VIP access to avoid the lines. The 360 tour is worthwhile for first time visitors as it gets you down to the fishing village and on the water as well as gives you background on the monastery and Giant Buddha. From the general monastery elevation, you can also access the Buddha statue directly via a 268 step climb. Plan a full day. The day we visited the last cable car back down the mountain departed at 6:30.
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