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“Nice change from the city”
Review of Lantau Island

Lantau Island
Ranked #19 of 845 things to do in Hong Kong
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Lantau is completely different from the city. It is quiet and peaceful. The ferry takes a long time, so I think if I was doing it again, I would take the metro. The bus from the harbour up to the monastery was fun - our driver seemed to think that he was in a grand prix!

Thank Rick61
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Lantau Island is a fantastic day trip to get away from the hustle of Hong Kong. Here's how to do it:
* Take MTR (subway) from Hong Kong Island (that's where I stayed) to Tung Chung station

* Walk a couple minutes to the Ngong Ping 360 cable car station (Starbucks nearby) and enjoy a 25-minute soaring ride with spectacular views (standard car 115 HKD/$15 USD one-way) to Ngong Ping Village. Ngong Ping Village is very Disney-like (hey, they are close to Disney!) but has all the things that tourists need and appreciate - clean dining, clean free restrooms (with paper!), shopping and bus/taxis.

* Walk over to see Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery - easy walk, climb the 260 steps to the Buddha. At both sights you will see many locals offering prayers and gifts (oranges, money) to the buddha and burning LOTS of incense. Both of these attractions are free.

* We then took bus #21 to Tai O fishing village, about 12 minutes away. The bus runs every 20-30 minutes or so, so check the schedule. Very cheap - 6.60 HKD / <$1 USD. Nice coach bus. Tai O was my absolute fave part of this excursion because it is the real, rural China. You will feel as though you are in a completely different country than Hong Kong. This is a totally different lifestyle and people are very hard-working, simple and humble. They live in a very small community of stilt houses that teeter on wood 2x4s and it is amazing how they remain standing. There is a market of live and dried seafood products and their specialty is shrimp paste. You will see villagers making certain tasty treats so buy some, support them and enjoy!! My favorites - egg waffles (regular or chocolate)- 15 HKD/<$2 USD and a homemade donut, kind of like a beignet, hot and rolled in sugar - hot, slightly crispy and soooo delicious (8 HKD)! As we walked around, people go about their daily life - hanging laundry to dry, playing a dice game and just sitting with friends/family. Please respect these people and do not take their photo unless they approve.

I wonder if (and hope that) this village and culture remains decades from now. It is something that you will rarely see!

* We then went to Mui Wo to catch the ferry. Bus #1 (50 minutes, 8 or 10.70 HKD depending if the bus has a/c). We missed the bus and since there were 6 of us, we took 2 taxis instead at cost of 165 HKD per car (30 minute trip, so saves time) - very reasonable with multiple people in the car. Mui Wo looks like a cute little town with a beach so you could spend a couple hours here.

* Ferry from Mui Wo to Hong Kong Central - 2 options: fast boat (30 minutes, 28 HKD/$4 USD) or slow boat (60 minutes, 14 HKD/$2 USD). Nice, scenic trip across the harbour.

Awesome day! If you are a hiker, there are lots of trails on the island to enjoy and we saw many hikers. This was all very easy to navigate and plenty of people speak English if you need assistance. Enjoy!

6  Thank EmOnTheGo
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

We arrived by ferry at Wui Wo from Central pier no.6. We then caught the no. 2 bus which took us on a very scenic ride round part of the island to Ngong Ping, We saw some fantastic scenery climbing into the mountains. At Ngong Ping there is the Po Lin monastery, and the big Buddha. Unfortunately it was raining quite heavily so we didn't spend as much time as planned walking around. The area was stunning. We then walked through the tourist village with all its shops and restaurants. We caught the cable car to Tung Chung. The cable car ride was amazing, such a shame it was raining but the scenery was fantastic, a great ride so much to see. From Tung Chung we then caught the MTR back to Kowloon. We really enjoyed the day and the island and would love to return and do the trip again. We got so much information from the brilliant website, Hong Kong extras.

Thank James B
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

Had a great day out at Lantau Island. Went over to the island by the 25 minute cable car which was stunning offering fantastic views over Tung Chung Bay and the Airport island.
Lots to do at the top and a stroll through the village is charming.
Ling Po monastery is very interesting as is the giant Buddah but lots of steps to climb to the top of the giant Buddah so not for the disabled or elderly to tackle.
Best to go early in the morning to avoid the long lines waiting for the cable car.

Thank BILLYBUNTER12
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Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

This was our last stop for a long trip in Asia and I think it was a great place to finish the trip! Beautiful landscape of small islands around the Lantau Island! The big Buddha is very impressive!
It was rainy and windy but it didn't affect it's charm!

Thank I1824AHmariab
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