We were fortunate enough to visit Lantau Island in 2017 on our way back from the Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou, China. We only had a few hours on the island, which is not enough time to explore all the wonderful things Lantau has to offer. We look forward to visiting again someday, after the threat of the coronavirus is long gone!
Lantau Island, The Lungs of Hong Kong, is the largest and greenest of the Hong Kong islands. There’s something for everyone, from Tai O, a very quaint fishing village, to Disneyland, for you theme park lovers. The island boasts 44 miles of hiking trails divided into 12 sections with varying degrees of difficulty. If hiking isn’t your thing, maybe biking is. You can rent a bike from The Friendly Bike Shop for a convenient, self-paced, scenic tour of the island as you pedal along sharing the streets with free-roaming cattle and water buffalo. While you’re on the island, do go chasing waterfalls! There are a couple of easily accessible falls. If you want to camp, the island offers that as well. Don’t have your own gear, never fear, Treasure Island has you covered. They offer tents, sleeping bags, barbecue equipment, and even s’mores kits. Not the rough it in a tent type, you can glamp in your canvas tent outfitted with wood floors, a bed, and air conditioning. You can also catch a glimpse of Hong Kong’s famous pink dolphins, climb 268 steps to the 112 ft-tall Tian Tan Buddha, visit the Po Lin Monastery, and walk the Wisdom Path. When you need refueling, there are a variety of options from Buddhist vegetarian cuisine, local fresh seafood, to South African fare, you can even score a plate of bangers and mash! If you’re ever in this part of the world, it’s worth a trip to Lantau Island, even if you just take the cable car over to see the Big Buddha.