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Lantau Island

Location:The island is only about 11 kilometers or 7 miles due west of Hong Kong Island.
Best time for visit: October and November

How to Get There

1)MTR Trains: There are two lines that both start from Hong Kong Station that is under the tall International Finance Center that is between Man Cheung Street and Harbour View Street. The Tung Chung MTR goes to Tung Chung Station. The Airport Express goes to the airport and then it goes on to the Asia World Expo. Travel takes about 35 minutes including waiting for the trains. The Disneyland Resort Line can be caught at the interchange with the Tung Chung Line at the Sunny Bay Station.
2)Flights: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is the 13th busiest in the world.
3)Ferries: Between Mui Wo and Central's Pier 6, transportation time takes about 30 to 50 minutes, depending on the vessel. A 24-hour ferry service connects Pier 3 in Central and Discovery Bay. Transportation time is 25 minutes plus about 10 minutes for walking on the pier.

Introduction

Southern Lantau Island is one of the most remote and scenic areas of Hong Kong. About 230 islands belong to the territory of Hong Kong.

The Big Buddha at Ngong Ping is one of the most distinctive landmarks on Hong Kong's largest island, Lantau. Take a train, bus or car from the airport to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, and you'll quickly cross to Lantau, then follow its old northeast coastline before a suspension bridge plunges you into the city.

It 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.

Features

  • Biggest of the Hong Kong islands.
  • A sparsely populated island of mainly theme parks, tourist sites, parks and natural areas.
  • It has become a regional recreational area.
  • Hong Kong Disneyland, Tai O, Po Lin Monastery, and Discovery Bay are the best known sites.
  • It is a regional transportation hub due to Hong Kong International Airport and 2 MTR lines.
  • Lots of hiking trails, hills, accessible shorelines and facilities for hikers.
  • It has good seaside trails and trails that go up to the top of the second and third highest peaks in Hong Kong.
  • About 25 minutes from Central by ferry. About 27 minutes from Central by MTR train.

History

The island may have a prehistoric Neolithic stone ring at Fan Lau. Archeologists are not certain about this. There are Bronze Age rock carvings at Shek Pik where a big reservoir is now. During the end of the Southern Song Dynasty, the Song court fled the Mongols to the island in 1277. Portuguese traders established a settlement on the island in the 1510s, but it was abandoned after they were defeated by the Chinese. The English used it as a trading post afterwards. During WWII, the island's terrain gave cover to resistance fighters. They fought the Japanese until Japan surrendered. Tai O was a major point of entry for people fleeing China after 1949. They came in boats from the north or west, landed at Tai O and then continued eastward to the eastern side of Lantau Island and the Hong Kong urban area.

Nearby Attractions

Next to Lantau Island is a small island called Ma Wan. The islands are connected by the Tsing Ma Bridge. Tsing Ma Bridge is a tourist destination in itself. On Ma Wan, the newest theme park in Hong Kong that is called Noah's Ark opened in 2009. There is a life-sized replica of the ark.

Next to Lantau Island is a small island called Ma Wan. The islands are connected by the Tsing Ma Bridge. Tsing Ma Bridge is a tourist destination in itself. On Ma Wan, the newest theme park in Hong Kong that is called Noah's Ark opened in 2009. There is a life-sized replica of the ark.

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