Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, and it is located at the mouth of the Pearl River. This area, once known only for the many fishing villages along its shores, is now a tourist hotspot. Visitors to Lantau will find that there are plenty of things to see and do on the island.
One of the favorites of many tourists is the Ngong Ping 360, an impressive 25 minute cable car ride that brings visitors to the Ngong Ping Plateau. On the plateau, you will find the Tian Tan Buddha (Giant Buddha). It is an 85-foot tall bronze statue of Buddha. The plateau also holds a monastery, restaurants, and a themed village for visitors to learn from and enjoy. The view from the top is incredible. If you would rather walk than take the cable car ride, there are accommodating trails.
Located on the northwest of Lantau is a centuries old fishing village called Tai O. This is a traditional fishing village that was built on stilts. The Tai O village is still in use and a number of traditional Chinese foods, such as salted fish and shrimp paste, are made here. Tai O is a great place to visit, especially for those who are looking to experience an authentic piece of Chinese history.
Another popular destination with the tourists is the Tung Chung Fort. Built nearly two centuries ago, the fort’s original purpose was to slow the trade of opium and to watch for and defend from pirates. During WWII, the Japanese occupied the fort. A tour of the fort makes for an interesting history lesson.
While not exactly a traditional part of Chinese history, Hong Kong Disneyland is another site on the island that you won’t want to miss. Besides the theme park, there are also two hotels, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. While this is the smallest of the Disney theme parks, it still contains many of the same favorite rides and attractions. You can still visit Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. In addition, there will be two more, as of yet unnamed themed areas to open in the future.
Much of the island is made up of national parks, and there are a number of trails, as well as campgrounds, to accommodate visitors. Lantau Trail is probably the best known hiking trail on the island.
No matter what you are looking to get out of your Chinese vacation, a trip to Lantau Island will certainly be worth your time.