Things to do on Lantau Island
Thankfully when I visited it wasn’t so crowded which meant exploring the place much more pleasurable and leisurely. The whole place is quiet and serene. Besides seeing the big Buddha, you also have the:
- Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island – This is located right by Big Buddha. Its at the bottom of the steps. You have prayer halls, shrings and cute gardens around the monastery. I would recommend coming there after seeing Big Buddha as you can walk around to cool down from the steps up to Big Buddha and wander around to take in the ornate details of the building
- Lantau Island Hiking – You have beautiful hiking trails nearby. Check out This Girl Abroad’s post on hiking on Lantau Island.
- Ngong Ping Village – Nestled on the sweeping mountainside of Lantau, the picturesque Ngong Ping Village features traditional Chinese architecture, shops, restaurants and tea houses. It’s the perfect place to drop by for a light bite of dim sum, and perhaps a souvenir or two, before heading to the nearby Tian Tian Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.
- Citygate Outlet – I would highly recommend a stop here after your trip to Big Buddha to avoid walking around with shopping bags. If you love a good bargain then you will love Citygate Outlets. At Hong Kong’s largest outlet mall, brands like Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, Kate Spade and Tommy Hilfiger offer discounted products all year round. This sits righ by Tung Chung Station.
- Hong Kong Disneyland – A place that really needs no introduction. You can also find this theme park on Lantau Island too. There’s a daily parade on Main Street in the afternoon, and nightly fireworks show at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. More reasons why a day trip to Lantau Island is not enough.
How to get to Lantau Island / Big Buddha
You need to take the train to Tung Chung Station and from here you take a bus that drops you off at Ngong Ping village. Then its just a short walk of about 3mins to get to the path leading to Big Buddha. As I mention above the Cable cars were out of service when I arrived at the station. When working you can get the cable cars from Tung Chung station. The Cable Car is just outside the station. You also have a car park at the station if you choose to drive from mainland HK. You can park here and then take the cable car.
How many steps up to Big Buddha?
A steep incline and climb of 268 bring you just below Big Buddha’s statue. The views at the top are just breath-taking, not just from the climb but the mountains and the sea views that can be seen as Big Buddha seats serenly at the top.
Hotels and where to stay on Lantau Island
As small as Lantau Island is it is packed with a few treats like the shopping outlet, Disneyland, Big Buddha and while a day trip is great you certainly need at least 2-3 days to fully explore. There are plenty of hotels on the island from the likes of Marriott, Shangri-La to Disneyland hotels. To have a look at hotels on Lantau Island check out booking.com’s hotel deals.