Lantau Island, Hong Kong

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  • Wild cattle, Lantau.
    Wild cattle, Lantau.
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  • PO Lin Monastery
    PO Lin Monastery
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  • At the Big Buddah
    At the Big Buddah
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    Cattle

    by IreneMcKay Written Jun 29, 2013

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    Wild cattle, Lantau.

    Lantau has wild water buffalo and cattle. They are considered by the authorities as a bit of a nusiance and they like to find reasons to cull them. Personally I rather like them except maybe when they hit the motorway and my bus gets stuck behind them.

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    Enlightment the buddha

    by arcee14 Written Nov 7, 2006

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    Many people are so caught up with the shopping that they leave out lau tau island. Personally i love it, the scenory was beautiful, at the time i went it was sunny. So the pictures taken were beautiful. To get there , you might have to rtake a MTR, after that take a bus or ferry or cable car.

    I personally would recommend to you to take cable cars there and return by ferry. Beautiful scenory.

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    A nice alternative to the Peak

    by icepick2000 Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    Tsing Ma Bridge

    A nice alternative (and certainly less crowded) is visiting the Tsing Ma bridge visitors point. You can see the Tsing Ma bridge connecting the New Territories to Lantau Island. There is a tiny visitors center showing information regarding the construction of the bridge.
    The little park where the visitors center is located is very well kept. Certainly also worth visiting at night!

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    Sitting Buddha

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    From the top of the hill by the Buddha looking down. Its quite a hike to the top where the Buddha is. Lantau Island is just a ferry ride. You then take a bus up a windy road until you reach Po Lin Monastery.

    More on Lantau and other islands in my travelogues.

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    Lantau Island

    by keeweechic Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    Lantau Island - Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery is located on 60 acres under the shadow of 934-metre (3,064-foot) Lantau Peak. Dedicated to the Precious Lotus, it features several richly decorated new buildings.

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    Twice the size of Hong Kong...

    by AndreasK Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Twice the size of Hong Kong Island, Lantau is the largest of all the outlying islands, yet has a population of less than 20,000. On the Ngong Ping Plateau (520 metres), at the Po Lin Monastery, is the world's largest, seated, outdoor bronze statue of Buddha (standing 24 metres high).

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    Big Buddha and Lan Tao Island....

    by VTShounen Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Big Buddha and Lan Tao Island. The Big Buddha is not really an unknown, as it is on a lot of brochures. It is the world's largest outdoor bronze Buddha or something like that. Regardless, it is quite big. Not jaw-dropping, but worth the trip. It is definitely the most out-of-the-way of the major attractions in HK. Even if you're not very interested in Buddism or seeing the statue, the scenary there and on the way there is just amazing.
    The Big Buddha is located at Po Lin Monastery, in the heart of Lan Tao Island (the biggest island in HK, where the Airport is located). For the most the island is still quite pristine. This is a very good place for camping and hiking, because for the most part the island is undeveloped.

    Discovery Bay is on the east side of the island. This is a residential area for the rich. In the north of course is the airport, and the nearby New Town of Tung Chong, fast gaining a large residential base. The other two developed spots are definitely worth visiting. Mui Wo, on the east, has a nice beach, but I like it because it is a very relaxing little town. My favourite though is Tai O, on the soutwest of the island. This is a fishing village, with many vestiges of an era gone by. There are lots to see already at ferry pier/bus station, but if you venture further in, you will get the real taste of how fisher-people live - narrow paths, houses on stilts, fish drying in the sun... In between Mui Wo and Tai O, along the southern shore, are two of the best beaches in HK, and not at all crowded.

    Getting to and around Lan Tao Island is somewhat of a challenge, though it has been helped tremendously with the new MTR line. Discovery Bay is essentially cut off from the rest of the island, and is accessible by speed ferry from Central. The best way to Tung Chong is by MTR. Mui Wo has regular ferry service to and from Central and Cheung Chau. Tai O used to have ferry service, but I don't believe it does anymore. Tai O-Mui Wo and Tai O-Tung Chong buses are about the only way (beside taxis). The Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery is in an area called Ngong Ping, on top of a mounntain in the heart of the island. To get there you can take a bus from Tong Chung, Mui Wo, or Tai O. The trip there from Tong Chung is incredible. You first traverse the island on the only road that goes north-south. That entails going up and down a mountain, on a one-lane two-direction road! Though it's paved, you would hardly believe that you are in HK!! Lush vegetation all around you as you ascend, you are greeted with a gorgeous view of the shoreline and the ocean at the top. After the bus reaches the south, it goes west on the main road and then turn north again to ascend toward Ngong Ping. Along the way you will have seen a reservoir, a prison, beaches, sea-side communities, temples, and more lush vegetation.

    Buses on Lan Tao Island are more expensive on Sundays, so avoid that day if possible. They are definitely not the same type of bus as you see elsewhere in HK. They resemble more the mini-buses, but bigger.

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    Visit the outer-laying...

    by feline01 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit the outer-laying islands. My favorite was Lantau. Most of the island is protected parkland. There's a 70K hiking trail around island that passes campsites and 2 youth hostels. Almost all villages on island can be reached by the small bus network. I caught the bus (#1 from Mui Wo) to this fishing village, Tai-O.

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    Lantau Island. There's an...

    by acemj Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    Lantau Island. There's an incredible Buddhist monastery here called Po Lin and of course, there's the famous Bronze Buddha, one of Hong Kong's most distinctive monuments.

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    TAI O - The Venice of HK

    by vigi Written Aug 24, 2002

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    me @ Tai-O, Hong Kong (CHINA)

    TAI O - The Venice of Hong Kong, an outlying island. A fishing village located in Lantau Island, still not yet polluted by the city life.
    Wooden houses built on water, boats, hills, friendly people, peaceful, dried seafood, narrow streets, old ages... these are all my memories of this place. I love Tai O!!!

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    Wonderful Running Trail

    by Aidy_p Written Dec 26, 2011
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    Lantau Island is not all about the airport and Disneyland. The island provides for magnificant view while running.

    I took a step out of the hotel's back gate and was greeted by a fishing trawler heading out towards sea. It proved to be a lovely setting for me and that motivated me to sprint against the trawler. The result was clear - I lost.

    Still, it brought me to the next interesting site - a lighthouse that was situated just outside the Disneyland Hotel. Anglers used that area to catch fishes. All these scenes made it a very interesting experience for me.

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    Tsing Ma Bridge: Cross It!

    by Aidy_p Updated Dec 26, 2011
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    Going from Lantau Island to Hong Kong, you can either take the MTR or a taxi. The former will also use the bridge, though the scenery will not be that amazing as the train will go pass many beams and wires and thus, the scenery is all lost through these distractions.

    All of 2 km long, the Tsing Ma bridgebuilt in 1997 is the world's longest span suspension bridge and I had the privilege to be on top of it. The bridge has six lanes and it was magnificant! I'd whipped out my phone camera and took shot after shot after shot. And then I realised that I was still on the bridge.

    It was that long!

    Other than admiring the smooth flowing traffic, travelling on this bridge also accord visitors with a wonderful view of the various islands and lovely sea.

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    AsiaWorld Arena

    by Luckmui Written Feb 28, 2009

    Asiaworld Arena is located at Lautau Island, near HK International Airport. As its not near the centre, so better stay in HK Island or Kowloon side hotels.

    There is MTR station(Airport Express Line) at Asiaworld Arena. Take MTR to Tsing Yi Station or Kowloon Station or Hong Kong Station, then transit Airport Express Line to there.

    can check price from the following:
    http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/oticketing/intro.html

    May be find hotels locate in Wanchai.
    You can select the hotel in the district, then find some hotels information:
    http://www.hotelhk.com/index_eng.php

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    Enlightment the buddha

    by arcee14 Written Nov 7, 2006
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    Many people are so caught up with the shopping that they leave out lau tau island. Personally i love it, the scenory was beautiful, at the time i went it was sunny. So the pictures taken were beautiful. To get there , you might have to rtake a MTR, after that take a bus or ferry or cable car.

    I personally would recommend to you to take cable cars there and return by ferry. Beautiful scenory.

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    Bui O

    by kwanmichelle Updated Oct 28, 2004
    Bui O at low tide

    this is a beach at Lantau Island, it's not touristy, mainly filled with local people. a hiking trail passes through this beach, and there is a camping ground right attached to this beach. it has a very beautiful view, and there is also a football ground nearby, there are also some restaurants within walking distance.

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