Hong Kong’s largest island, this former fishing spot has recently been completely built up thanks to the Tung Chung new town, the Hong Kong International Airport, and Hong Kong Disneyland. It is also connected to Hong Kong Island by bridge, allowing buses, taxis, and trains to make the journey across the bay. Lantau Island is home to beaches, mountainous terrain, and a number of attractions. This makes it popular among tourists from all over the world.
There is quite a lot to see and do on Lantau Island and visitors can easily spend a whole week here.
Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the main attractions on Lantau Island. It is on the northeast part of the island and features seven themed areas, all day entertainment, and two hotels. You can stay at either the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel.
For the cultural side of Lantau Island, you should visit the 34-metre high Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, and the Tai O fishing village. The 11th century Shun Hei era Tung Chung Fort is also worth having a look at. The cable-car Ngong Ping 360 will take you to Ngong Ping Village, a cultural and entertainment village designed specifically for tourism.
If you are a lover of the outdoors, go hiking along the 70 kilometre Lantau Trail that encircles the island or along one of the trails in Discovery Bay. You can also take a boat ride off the island if you want to spot Chinese White Dolphins or go swimming at Silvermine Beach.
Restaurants and Bars
There is a good selection of food options and prices on Lantau Island. Discovery Bay is one of the best places to dine on international cuisine, while the restaurant overlooking the cable car is the best place to take in spectacular views and watch the sunset. There are also plenty of places to eat in Hong Kong Disneyland and its onsite hotels. If you are looking for nightlife, there are a few good bars in Discovery Bay, including the lively sports bar at the Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong.
Lantau is not considered a popular place to shop, but there are more than enough places to keep anyone happy including those in Hong Kong Disneyland and the outdoor shopping centre DB Plaza.