Lantau Island

Many people may not even be aware that when they arrive in Hong Kong by plane at the Hong Kong International Airport the airport is actually located on Lantau Island.

Lantau from the Airport (SW)

Tai O

Main Waterway

Tai O is a small fishing village located on the far west of the island which is well worth a visit. There are no vehicles in the village itself and it is very interesting to walk through the market stalls along the small river and cross across the river to the homes on the other side. Many homes are on stilts on the water.

Bridge Market

To get to the village, take a taxi or bus from Po Lin.

Boat with Home Home Into Water

Po Lin Monastery

Big Buddha

The famous home of the “Big Buddha” at the top of a mountain on the island the Po Lin Monastery is home to a number of vegetarian monks (the entrance fee to the Buddha typically includes a vegetarian meals – though Hong Kong people might want to skip the meal it is very good).


Po Lin is reachable by bus from the ferry port at Cheung Sha on the south side of the island (or by the cable car, see below).

Visiting Po Lin Monks

Cable Car

Po Lin Station Route

The Ngong Ping Cable Car leaves from MTRLOGO Tung Chung station to Ngong Ping (very close to the Pol Lin Monastery, above). A very good way to see the forests on the island and visit a very interesting area…

Approaching Tung Chung