Lantau Island (what is there to do)

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    Lantau Island (what is there to do)

    Recently moved to HK, and would like to visit Lantau Island, is there any
    touristly thing to do ? any suggestion is welcomed. Thanks

    Kervin


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    Talking Plenty...

    Quote Originally Posted by chikakeru
    Recently moved to HK, and would like to visit Lantau Island, is there any
    touristly thing to do ? any suggestion is welcomed. Thanks

    Kervin

    There's always the bronze Buddha statue at the Ngong Ping Monastery to visit....Very popular with tourists.

    There's also the Tai O fishing village, Cheung Sha beach, and the other seafood restaurants to consider....

    To get there, either take a bus from Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay) ferry pier or from the Tung Chung MTR station.

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    There are few common places in Lantau Island:

    Polin Temple, you can find temples of Chinese style, if you're into Chinese style buildings it's worth going. Of course you can walk up the stairs to see the Big Buddha (you don't _have to_ walk up there to see it, too big not to notice it elsewhere). The view up there's very nice, and the wind's very pleasant. Recommended. How to get there: Take a bus at Tung Chung (you can reach Tung Chung by MTR or bus), or at Mui Wo (you can reach there by ferry from Central).

    Tai O: got the nick of the oriental Venice, one of the few places in HK where you can still find some houses of the old HK, buildings there are like in the 70's or 80's, nice place to experience the old fishing village type of thing. You can also find dried sea food and temples there. How to get there: Take a bus at Tung Chung or Mui Wo again.

    Tung Chung: one of the newly "developed" town in HK. There's this CityGate where you can shop for a little bit, but that's not the big attraction. It's more of the view that's attractive. Lots of trees and such, and there's this Tung Chung Fortress or something that you can visit too. How to get there: as stated above.

    Cheung Sha: this place is not that common, but some people go there because there are beaches.

    Mui Wo: There's this beach there where you can just lay back and rest. The beach is called Silvermine Bay, and that's where the Silvermine Bay Hotel is located too. How to get there: as stated above.

    Note: I do not recommend this route: Tung Chung -> Polin Temple -> Tai O -> Tung Chung. The way from Tai O to Tung Chung took so long that I, someone who don't have carsick much, didn't feel too well when I last took that route. Recommended: Tung Chung -> Polin Temple -> Tai O -> Mui Wo. Or something like that anyway. Hope this would help a bit.


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    Thanks for the info. Everybody.

    Kervin


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    much better to take the ferry to tai-o from tung chung - check the 'first ferry' website for times. can walk around, go to the buddha afterwards, go to cheung sha beach after the buddha for food and surf...all done, heluva day.


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    stumbo, agreed, but there is a problem with that ferry - it only runs 4 or 5 times a day, and it is very small. It is sometimes impossible to get on it because there are too many others ahead of you at the ferry pier, so get there in plenty of time.


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    lantau fun stuff

    ferry to mui wo also worth considering - i think a more pleasant way to Lantau; plenty of buses from pier at Mui Wo.
    at Buddha site, can walk thro tea gardens; small cafe there nice; continue and great hill views
    cheung sha: can walk from west end to east; at east, just over small headland, are small restaurants just above tideline
    nearby pui o: can stroll thro fields with water buffalo, to beach where sand's a bit dark, but views lovely
    mui wo also has waterfall, in northwest of the area, just below old silver mine that led to this area being also called silvermine bay

    if you're into hiking, can do hill trails; southwest corner is lovely, inc a chinese style landscaped garden only accessible by walking (sadly, often closed, but can peer inside)