Lantau

Lantau Statue, Hong Kong

Visit the Beautiful Lantau Island in Hong Kong Lantau Island (literally, “Ragged Head”) is the largest island in Hong Kong. The terrain is mostly mountainous, containing peaks as high as 900 meters, such as Lantau Peak (which stands at 934 meters). The island has been nicknamed “The Lungs of Hong Kong” due to its extensive forest area and the lack of high-rise residential development. The island is home to only 45,000 people, and their settlements are scattered randomly about the island so as to give it a low population density.

In the past, much of life on Lantau revolved around fishing, but of recent there have been some major developments along the northern coast, including Hong Kong Disneyland and major works of infrastructural improvement like that of the cable car system: the Ngong Ping 360 (previously, most of the major tourist attractions on the island were not easily accessible).

For those history buffs, Lantau is also home to very rich cultural traditions and an incredible past; it was refuge for members of the Southern Song Dynasty, including soon-to-be emperor Zhao Shi, the site of illegal salt-mining, a base for pirates, and served a pivotal role in the fight against the Japanese during WWII.

The biggest attraction of the island is the beautiful and serene Po Lin Monastery and the vegetarian restaurant it contains, as well as its accompanying 85-foot bronze statue of the Buddha called the Tian Tan Buddha Statue. The Ngong Ping also offers a cable car offers a nearly 6 km tour with easy access to the statue (which you would otherwise need to take a two-hour trek to access).

The island also features an offshore attraction, so you can leave the island to catch a beautiful view of Pearl River and visit a marine park to the north of Lantau which was established to preserve the endangered Chinese White Dolphin.

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