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Review of Lantau Island

Lantau Island
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Ranked #12 of 824 things to do in Hong Kong
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Adelaide, Australia
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“half day tour”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

Just come back from Hong Kong and did many tours, one being Lantau island for aprox 6 hours. We were picked up from the Hotel on hong kong island and taken by bus to Koowloon by Gray Line with a tour guide that spoke very good english, transfered to a larger bus and then there were about 20 on the tour. We were driven from Kowloon city centre area past the cargo shipping terminal with the guide pointing out all the points of interest and statistics of the area, he was well informed and past his knowledge on to us, narrating all the time with interesting infmormation of the country side we were travelling through, we crossed over to the island on a bridge.We were taken to the Nkong Ping cable car terminal and one has the option of travelling in a standard cabin or for $100 HK dollars extra ( aprox $12AU extra you can travel in a crystal cabin which has a clear glass floor) which we did the extra being well worth it. You travel for 5.7km and offers visitors a spectacular 360degree panoramic views, including in the scenery, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau National Park and the Giant Budda, we were on the cable car for aprox just over half an hour. From the terminal the other end we then went to Po Lin Monastery "Budist Kingdom of the South"this site is a pilgrimage visited by Buddist from all over the world.From there we were driven up the hill in the bus,"one can take the 100 odd steps up to the Budda " but we opted for the bus we were travelling on, here it parks in the car park and one only has to negotiate aprox 15 steps. There are 3 floors beneath the Budda The Hall of Universe, The Hall of Benevolent Merit and the Hall of remembrance.inside is a relic of Saykyamuni,consiting of some of his alledged cremated remains. Then from there we went on to Tai O fishing village, also known as the venice of the east,seeing the village's stilt houses on the water front,showing the striking contrast with the modern city, while at this village we walked through the dried fish market, which had very strong smells as one can imagine, but very interesting.During the whole tour there plenty of bathroom facilities and option to buy drinks and food.. From there we were taken back to our Hotel which took aprox an hour due to peak traffic in Hong Kong, a great day enjoyed

Visited September 2012
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Hobart, Australia
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“Brilliant ride on the cable car”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

Easy to reach on the MTR. Great ride with amazing views, especially in the Crystal Cars. Take a walk in the woods at the top - totally different from the usual HK experience.

Visited August 2012
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New Haven, Connecticut
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“Loved it!!!”
Reviewed 20 September 2012 via mobile

We found out the sky tram that brings you to the island breaks down all the time. But that was after we had already visited:). Be that as it may, I would highly suggest visiting Lantau island and seeing big buddha if you ever are in hong kong. From a historical and cultural perspective it's an incredible stop. Some will say its too "touristy". Don't let that stop you. Bring your shades and some water, and I assure you that you won't be disappointed.

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Johnstown, Colorado
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“A side trip away from the busy city Lantau”
Reviewed 18 September 2012

Despite knowing the cable car was down for maintaineace, we took the kids to visit Lantau island. We traveled by mtr to Tung Chung and changed to the local bus which cost us HK35 per person which takes you everywhere on Lantau island the whole day. The bus ride through the mountains takes around 50 minutes to Ngong Ping. The entrance fees up to the Buddha cost HK 28 per person which comes with a visit into the statue and some snack which includes tau foo fah and some desserts. After that, we continue the side trip to Tai O, a small fishing village nearby. There were many stalls that sell seafood, we took a ride on the boat to see the village. Something very different from the busy city life. Worth a side trip.

Visited September 2012
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Tywyn, United Kingdom
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“Lantau Island”
Reviewed 18 September 2012

This island is the largest outlaying island in Hong Kong, almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. More than half of it has been designated as Country Park area. Its tranquil and green environment makes it a popular spot for nature's lovers and hikers. There are many attractions on the island including, The Ngong Ping Skyrail, actually a cable car which takes you up to the Lantau Peaks and the Ngong Ping Village in around twenty-five minutes where you can see The Big Buddha.
Considering it's size Lantau island has a small population of around 45,000, compared to 1.4 million on Hong Kong Island. On our most recent trip to Hong Kong we visited one of the residential areas Discovery Bay located on the south east coast of the island. It has a current population of around 14,300 residents from over 30 different countries, giving it a reputation as an expatriate enclave. Good beaches, lots of restaurants and a twenty minute 24 hour ferry ride from Central make it worth a visit.

Visited October 2011
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