Lantaus Island tour from Hong Kong with the Big Buddha and a boat ride in Tai O
- Big Buddha
- Tai O boat ride
- Ngong Ping Cable Car
- Po Lin Monastery with the hall of 10,000 Buddhas
All about the trip
Lantau Island is often referred to as the ‘Lungs of Hong Kong’ because it is so green and underdeveloped. Take a tour of Lantau with us and visit the awe-inspiring Big Buddha and the wonderfully quaint stilt village of Tai O.
Your Lantau private tour starts with a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car. You will be treated to the most wonderful views of Lantau Country Park and the airport as you travel over the back of the island for 25 minutes. Our destination is the famous Big Buddha. Here you will learn about Buddhism, climb the 268 steps to the Buddha, visit the Po Lin Monastery and the hall of 10,000 Buddhas.
From Ngong Ping, it is a 20-minute bus ride to Tai O, affectionately known as the Venice of Hong Kong. Tai O is one of the few remaining places in Hong Kong where you can still see stilt houses over the water. Tai O used to be a big community but due to the decline of the fishing industry it, like Venice, is now primarily a tourist destination, for both overseas visitors and Hong Kongers escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Tai O is still known for its traditional production of shrimp paste and for its colourful seafood market.
You will embark on a full exploration of Tai O visiting the beautifully restored Old Police Station, now operating as a heritage hotel. If you are feeling hungry this is where we can enjoy lunch in the very nice Lookout restaurant. You will visit one of the two remaining shrimp sauce production outlets, meander the back streets in and around the stilt houses, visit a temple from the late 1400s and learn about the religion of Taoism. If you have the energy we can trek to a lookout point where we can get an excellent view of the 42km bridge that links Hong Kong and Macau.
At the end of the tour of Tai O, you will be in the middle of the National Park. You will need to travel to Tung Chung or Mui Wo (transport hubs on Lantau) in order to travel back to downtown Hong Kong. It will take approximately 45 to 50 minutes from Tai O to Tung Chung/ Mui Wo from where it will be another hour to downtown Hong Kong.
What is included in the price
- English-speaking tour guide
- Public transport around Lantau Island (buses)
- One-way ride on the Ngong Ping cable car in a standard cabin
- Boat ride in Tai O
What is not included in the price
- Meals or refreshments
- Additional funds for souvenirs
- Gratuities for your guides
This tour requires you to be physically fit. You will be walking between 5 and 10km over the course of the day. How far we walk will depend on how much walking you want to do at Tai O. We will be going at a slow pace, across flat land but you do need to be in reasonable health. If you wish to visit the Big Buddha up close you will need to be able to climb up 268 steps!
Please dress according to local weather conditions.
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