Lantau Island Tourist Guide

Lantau Island

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Bigger than Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island has some of Hong Kong’s biggest and best sights. In our Lantau Island Tourist Guide you’ll find out about the mighty Big Buddha, the amazing views from the Ngong Ping Cable Car, the thrills and spills of Hong Kong Disneyland and our favorite, the blushing pink dolphins.

Regular ferry connections and the MTR mean it is quick and easy to reach Lantau and you can return for each of the activities separately. Although Lantau does have some fantastic hotels where you can spend the night. 

If you're exploring Lantau Island itself, don't forget about its excellent beaches which boast wide stretches of golden sand and clean(ish) water. Hong Kong seafood is famous and although Lantau can't quite match the quality found on neighboring Lamma, the seafood restaurants here are excellent and shouldn't be missed.

See the Big Buddha

Big Buddha statue on Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
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One of Hong Kong’s top attractions, the Big Buddha is a 34-meter tall statue that dominates the hills of Lantau Island. The Buddha is one of the biggest in the world and an awe-inspiring sight when you find yourself at the statue’s feet, under its shadow. Part of the Po Lin Monastery complex also on sight is a beautiful temple building manned by monks togged out in traditional clothing. Check out our full profile of the Big Buddha for more information on the massive statue, the attached Po Lin Monastery and transport in the area.

Visit Hong Kong Disneyland

Parade at Hong Kong Disneyland
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Come visit Mickey and friends. Hong Kong Disneyland may not be the best park in Disney’s global empire but you’ll find all the usual costumed characters, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Space Mountain. As a kid's day out it’s hard to beat and the Hong Kong park is comparatively crowd-free during weekdays. That said there are some drawbacks if you have older kids or adolescents.

Watch the Pink Dolphins

Pink dolphin
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No, it's not a Disneyland attraction, pink dolphins actually exist in Hong Kong. Officially known as the Chinese White Dolphin, around Hong Kong the mammal has a rose-colored flush to its skin making it a real tourist puller. Dolphinwatch offers boat tours off the coast of Lantau where you can see the Dolphin's frolicking in their natural surroundings.

Discover Lantau Island

View of Lantau Island
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Ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car

Ngong Ping Cable Car
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112ft up and 5.7km long, the Ngong Ping Cable Car offers a bird’s eye tour over the lush peaks of Lantau Island and the glistening South China Sea. For the most impressive views, splash out on a glass-bottomed gondola which lets you gawp at the nature beneath your feet. At the end of the trip, head for the giant, 250-ton Tian Tan Buddha, one of the biggest of its kind in the world.

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