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    Po Lin Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    If you want to experience a genuine vegetarian buddhist meal and you are strolling around Lantau Island, then head to the Po Lin Buddhist Monastery in the mountains beside the Tian Tian Giant Buddha as they have the largest buddhist vegetarian restaurant in Hong Kong. The Po Lin Buddhist Vegetarian Restaurant offers various vegetarian chinese style options that uses items like soybeans and plants that don't need to die if getting products from them, so count out the root crops here. They also have various textured vegetable protein additions. It is located facing the Main Hall of the Monastery.

    hours: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm everyday

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    For modern people who are used to the hustle and bustle of city life, working under staggering pressure, and always wolfing down meals that are not exactly balanced at irregular hours, a vegetarian meal that “cleanses the stomach and intestine” in the quiet and idyllic ambience of the monastery offers a welcomed relief. Food is provided according to the number of people at a table to avoid wastage; and dishes are varied according to the season so that only the freshest vegetables find their way to the table. Generally visitors will be offered a soup, a deep-fried dish and a vegetable dish to go with rice. We trust you will be satisfied with the variety of the dishes.

    There is a snack shop next to the vegetarian kitchen that provides more than ten special items such as steamed cakes, noodles and salty dim sums for the visitors. Among these snacks, bean curd dessert and glutinous rice dumplings with mango filling are the most renowned. The bean curd is home-made by monastery daily and is fragrant and silky-soft. It is the most highly praised. The dumplings with mango filling are provided only in small quantity. Visitors are well advised to seize the opportunity trying them when they are available.

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    Views Around Lantau Island

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 1, 2014

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    assorted attractions around lantau island.

    Lantau Island was 2 1/2 times as Large as Hongkong Island and used to be remote. It was included in the outlying Islands Ferry and the ferry only lands in Silvermine Bay on the Upper Part of the Island in Mui Wo (I stayed in the hotel nearby once for a few days), from there you can have a ride to Ta'o Fishing Village, Po Lin Monastery, Giant Lantau Sitting Buddha, Cheung Sha Golden Beach, a prison and some other golden sand beaches. Lantau Was Remote so that you can enjoy the isolation and commune with nature.

    NOT ANYMORE! since the Chep Lap Kok Airport was finished in 1997, Lantau ceased to be an island and now is connected to the mainland via the Tsing Ma and Tsing Yi Bridges and the Airport expressway and there are new settlements and attractions in it like DISNEYLAND!, Nong Ping 360, Tung Chung (a 5 mile cable car ride through mountains and oceans) and an the Airport Expressway. Now Lantau is Part of The Mainland!

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    Dolphin Watching

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 30, 2014

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    During the Construction of the Chep Lap Kok Airport in Lantau Island, they discovered that there are a variety of dolphins with different species living near the airport and the enterprising villagers of Tai'O Fishing Village then made dolphin watching tours as a means to augment their income and it took off. There are many posters in Taio that advertise the dolphin watching and various local tour companies do offer it from speedboats, chinese mini junks, small boats and catamarans and a 30 minute to 1 hour dolphin tour will cost from HKD $ 25 to 35 per person.

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    Lantau Sky ride

    by PeterVancouver Updated Jul 7, 2014

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    This is a world class cable car running some 25 minutes/5.7 km. to Ngong Ping providing spectacular panoramic views on route.
    It starts from Tung Chung Town Centre down to Ngong Ping, Lantau Island. Encompassing bird's eye views of South China Sea and Tung Chung Bay, Scenic Mountains, the Hong Kong International Airport, the whole North Lantau Country Park introducing the Ngong Ping Village where you can visit the Tian Tan Buddha Statue and Monkey’s Tale Theatre. The cost of a return ticket is H$88.00 and the ride is open from 10am to 6pm most days
    From Hong Kong International Airport, get on the Airport Express Trains. It will take around 24 minutes to reach downtown at Hong Kong MTR Station (HK$100). It operates almost 24 hrs from 5:50 am to 01:15 am daily at 12 minutes interval.
    From Hong Kong MTR Station, take the Tung Chung Line / Disneyland Resort Line a 28 minutes ride all the way to the last station, Tung Chung Station(HK$23) and find Exit B.

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    Tai-O: Committee Historic & Cultural Showroom

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 2, 2013

    Tai-O Rular Committe Historic & Cultural Showroom is a short walk from the Tai-O Bus Station in one of the buildings in downtown Tai-O. It is a small showroom display the history, custom and culture of the people in Tai-O. Most of the display items are contributed by the local residents to commemorate their fishing lifestyle of the past. You will see fishing tools, old baskets, cooking tools, costume, traditional Mooncake mold, and etc.

    Operation Hours: 12:30pm - 5:00pm (Closed on Monday).

    It is free admission. So, don't miss!

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    Lantau: Tai-O Village

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 1, 2013

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    Tai-O Village is my favorite place to visit in Hong Kong. It is located in the western side of the Lantau Island. It is a little town with most of its residents living by the ocean. Tai-O is not over developed like other places in HK, it still remains its old cultural charms like the local living lifestyles, buildings, and the beautiful seascape of the village. If you are bored with the shopping malls and the crowds in the city, this is a great getaway destination that you don't want to miss. Despite it is famous among tourists especially weekends and public holiday, but the atmosphere remains calm and relaxing for everyone to enjoy.

    During my visit, I enjoyed looking at old houses built along the waterfront. Then, we had to pass through the local shops selling mostly local made food productions like the salted fishes and the shrimp paste. There are all sorts of seafood in the market from fresh fish or shrimp to smelly salted fishes hanging along the street. We stopped by places for food like the Dou Fau or Tofu Pudding and Sweet Ball With White powders. Then, we walked along the Shek Tsai Op Street and stopped at The Tai-O Heritage Hotel for a late lunch. It serves great fusion food that blend with local taste like the local shrimp paste mixed with the thousand island sauce make it a great tasty sauce for the food. Lastly, we stopped by the Rural Committee Historic and Cultural Showroom to see the display of old articles of the Village.

    Also, read The Fishing Lifestyle in Tai-O.

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    Lantau Island

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 1, 2013

    Lantau Island is the largest outlying island in Hong Kong, which is 147 square KM almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. It is located west side of the Hong Kong Island. The HK International Airport is located on the north side of the island. Other famous destinations including Disneyland, %L[Ngong Ping 360], and the Tai O fishing village. You can visit the island by ferries, MTR trains, buses, taxis and a cable car. I have written a simple steps traveling to Lantau Island by pubic transportation.

    Lantau Island was originally just a local fishing village, most residents relied on fishing, producing homemade seafood product and making boats for local fisherman. Due to HK modern development and tourism, Lantau Island is slowly developed as a tourist destination for both locals and tourists for signseeing and leisure. People can come here to see the magnificent view of the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, enjoy the scenic views of the ocean and mountains, taste the traditional snacks and seafoods in Tai-O village, feel the charm of the traditional fishing lifestyle, hike the Lantau Peak to get the best Sunrise and Sunset view of the harbor and mountain. The Tai-O Heritage Hotel, the former marine police station, would be a great stop to catch a brunch or tea break. If you are lucky enough during your visit, it is possible to see a red douphin at nearby ocean.

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    Tai-O: Tai-O Heritage Hotel

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 1, 2013

    The white colonial building was first built in 1902 as one of the earliest police stations on the outlying islands of Hong Kong. The police station was mostly as an administrative office for the police to safeguard the island despite the island was safe as comparable to the city. The polices usually serves the community with small matters like family disputes, arguments between villagers and etc. Later, the officers of Tai-O police station changed their role as marine police officers as mainly to patrol the surrounding island by sampan. So between 1996 to 2002 , this building was used as a patrol post.

    In 2009, through the partnership between HK Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited and The Development Bureau's Revitalizing Historic Buildings, this building was restored and conserved as a heritage hotel in Tai-O.

    During my visit, I first noticed the lift that can lift passengers up the hill to the building. The views surrounding the building are stunning. We entered the dinning hall , Tai-O Lookout, with glass windows and roofs, that we felt the comfort like dinning outdoor.

    There is a gift shop with a jail preserved from the old police station. It is located at the end corner of the building. Don't miss!

    The Heritage Hotel is open to the public between 11am to 6pm daily.

    If you are planning to stay overnight, check out the website for reservation.

    The Tai-O Heritage Hotel The Lift to the Heritage Hotel Tai-O Lookout Restaurant The view from the hotel The jail for the old police station.
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    Tai-O: Shek Tsai Po Street

    by cal6060 Updated Nov 1, 2013

    The Shek Tsai PO Street is located on the southwest of Tai-O. It is a street along the waterfront from Tai-O town to the Heritage Hotel, where you can get the best view of the island. Tsim Fung mountain is the background of the of view. Don't miss the views by walking another 10-15 minutes from Tai-O town.

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    Lantau: Tian Tan Buddha Statue

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 31, 2013

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    The Tian Tan Buddha Statue or also known as The Big Buddha is the most impressive religious statue in Hong Kong. It is 112 feet (34 meters) height with a weight of 250 metric tons. The statue was completed in 1993 as one of the symbolic structures of Hong Kong. It is a bronze statue of Buddha Amoghasiddhi.

    You can visit the Path Of Enlightement with admission charge. Otherwise, you can simply walk around the park, and look up the artistic detail of the Buddha and other Buddhistic statues.

    I visited inside the Buddha. It is a hall that has boxes that put the ash of the deaths. This is where the people visit their dead friends and relatives. The ash of Anita Mui, popular HK pop singer, is placed in this hall.

    Taking photographs is not allowed inside the hall.

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    Lantau: Pathway to Tian Tan Buddha Statue

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 31, 2013

    From Ngong Ping Village, you will pass through The Twelve Divide Generals before reaching the main arch of the stairs to see the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. There are total 240 steps to reach the Buddha. It has a nice scenic views along the way.

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    Lantau: Ngong Ping Village

    by cal6060 Written Oct 31, 2013

    Ngong Ping Village is hillside village was built for the purpose of tourism while visiting the Tian Tan Buddha. When you arrive via a cable car or bus, you will walk pass the Ngong Ping Village with shops, tea houses, restaurants, cafes and the Bodhi path to the Tain Tan Buddha. There are a lot of photo opportunities in the village including the displays of cable cars from different countries, the Lucky Cat, the twelve divide generals, and the Buddha Statue.

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    Lots to see and do on Lantau Island

    by swissfondue Updated Aug 2, 2013

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    Lantau Island is almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island but much more rural. Its impossible to describe Hong Kong without mentioning its massive population so I was surprised to read that only around 45,000 call Lantau Island home. Historically these locals lived mainly in the fishing villages that dot the landscape, the most well known being Tai O located on the western side of the island. If you are planning on spending the day on Lantau then a side trip to Tai O will give you an opportunity to view the stilt houses they still exist in the village.

    Tai O is not accessible by MTR but can be accessed by bus from outside Po Lin Monastery or Mui Wo Ferry Pier. For the outdoors enthusiast there is a hiking trail between Tung Chung and Tai O offering great views. The trail is steep in parts and at least four hours should be allowed for the trip.

    Tung Chung also evolved from a fishing village. Its development into a New Town was fast tracked in conjunction with the government's decision to relocate Hong Kong's Airport to Chek Lap Kok off the northern coast of Lantau Island. As well as the new Airport other transport infrastructure including the Tsing Ma Bridge and Airport Express train line were built.

    Tung Chung is mostly built on reclaimed land and was originally developed as a residential area for airport workers but with the development of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car and other tourist attractions, Tung Chung is better known as the gateway to tourism on Lantau Island. For shoppers there is an outlet centre attached to the MTR station called Citygate. Along with the usual brands there is an excellent Esprit outlet and some great reasonably priced childrens clothing stores and a section called 10th Avenue which stocks mainly shoes.

    The Ngong Ping 360 is an enclosed gondola ride linking Tung Chung with the purpose built Ngong Ping Village. The village itself is a bit too commercial for me but Ngong Ping is also home the two most recognised Lantau Island Landmarks - the Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.

    The Tian Tan Buddha is more commonly called the Big Buddha and as well as being a popular tourist attraction is an important symbol for Buddhists in Hong Kong. The statue is reasonably young only being completed in 1993 but exudes an air of serenity making it seem like it has been there forever. (see my review under HK "Things to do")

    The adjacent Po Lin Monastery was built by three Zen masters a bit over 100 years ago. (see my review under HK "things to do").

    If you are prepared to have a long day out and about it is possible to combine a trip to Lantau Island with Hong Kong Disneyland. The Disneyland complex is small and can easily be enjoyed in an afternoon and evening. I suggest seeing Lantau Island first and then taking the MTR from Tung Chung to Sunny Bay (1 stop), transfering to the dedicated Disneyland train for the short trip to Discovery Bay. From there its a short walk to the park entrance.

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    Cable Car

    by freezer61 Written Apr 10, 2013

    Ngong Ping 360, which consists of a cable car
    journey and a themed village, is one of the must
    see attractions in Hong Kong travel. Close to the
    Hong Kong International Airport and only a few
    minutes' walk from Tung Chung MTR Station, Ngong
    Ping 360 is conveniently located at Tung Chung on
    Lantau Island.

    Ngong Ping Cable Car is a visually spectacular 5.7km bi-cable ropeway. As the first of its kind in Hong Kong, the cable car journey begins from Tung Chung, crossing Tung Chung Bay to reach the angle station on Airport Island and turning about 60 degrees in the air towards North Lantau. Visitors will enjoy some of the best views during their joyful 25-minute ride: the vistas of the distant and vast South China Sea and the rolling grassland slopes of North Lantau Country Park from the cable car slowly take over from the hustle and bustle of the city, to introduce our visitors to the serene and natural surrounds that Lantau is famed for. The journey also offers a breathtaking panorama of the Hong Kong International Airport, verdant, mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, Tian Tan Buddha and the 360-degree view of the Ngong Ping Plateau.

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    TIAN TAN BUDDHA

    by swissfondue Updated Mar 27, 2013

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    When you are standing in front of the Tian Tan (Big) Buddha is hard to imagine that this beautiful and serene statue is less than twenty years old. I definitely felt a hundred and twenty years old as I slowly trudged up the 260 steps to the viewing platform, but I tried to increase my pace after being overtaken by sprightly elderly Chinese ladies, who looked like they do the climb daily.

    But it is worth it. Up close the Buddha is very impressive and you can go inside to view a display about the teachings of Buddhism and the significance of the Buddha to the culture.

    As a reward for climbing the steps the views over Ngong Ping Village, Po Lin Monastery and the hills surrounding Lantau Island are lovely, on a clear day. The majestic figure seems to be watching over Lantau Island and is the worlds largest sitting Buddha.

    Each aspect of the bronze figure has a symbolic meaning. The right hand is raised signifying compassion. The left hand resting on the lap signifies that the Buddha can grant happiness to all. The lotus position of the sitting Buddha indicates purity and peace. The kind face of the statue symbolises wisdom, virtue and joy. This is one big bronze statue that is well worth making the trip to see and be inspired by.

    The adjacent purpose built Ngong Ping Village was created to cater for the tourists arriving by cable car from Tung Chung and has a very commercial, almost Disney feel to it. It didnt really appeal to me but the adjacent Po Lin Monastery, which is the centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong is worth visiting. You can buy coupons to have a vegetarian lunch while you are there.

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