Situated at the mouth of the Pearl River, Lantau Island, covering 147 square kilometers in area, is the largest island in Hong Kong, which is almost twice as large as Hong Kong Island. The Lantau Island was originally the site of fishing villages, whereas it has been highly developed due to the construction of some major infrastructure projects like Hong Kong International Airport.
Tian Tan Buddha, the most famous attraction on Lantau Island, is the largest outdoor bronze Buddha in China, 26.4 meters in height and 6567 square meters in occupation. The Buddha is characterized by its large size, vivid facial expression and overwhelming momentum, where sophisticated skills and glorious eastern culture are well-combined.
Founded in 1906, Po Lin Monastery, a Buddhist monastery, is another highlight of the Lantau Island. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha as well as many Buddhist scriptures, representing his past, present and future lives. Another favorable thing for visiting Lantau Island is climbing Phoenix Mountain to see the amazing sunrise atop. For climbing the Phoenix Mountain, starting at night and getting to its top before dawn is highly preferred by many people. Considering its steeps steps, getting enough preparation and bringing a flashlight is highly suggested.
Tai O Fishing Village is another reason for visiting Lantau Island. Tai O Fishing Village is located in the northwest of Lantau Island, which enjoys a history of more than three centuries' years. With its several hundred stilt houses, Tai O Fishing Village lures uncountable tourists to pay a visit annually. The historical settings like waterways, stilt houses and fishing boats are all well remained in Tai O Fishing Village. The local specialties like salted fish, locally produced shrimp paste and shrimp sauce are all available on Tai O, which would be a great feast to the gourmets.
Location: 11 kilometers west of Hong Kong Island
How to get to:
By Metro: The Airport Express and Tung Chung Line are both accessible to the Lantau Island, while taking the Tung Chung Line is highly suggested because the cost of taking Airport Express is eight as expensive as that of Tung Chung Line.