Places to Explore on Lantau Island

by YourTravelScout

Lantau Island is a popular destination for travelers and locals in the southwestern corner of Hong Kong. With its picturesque landscape, cultural attractions, and various activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. From exploring traditional fishing villages to taking the cable car up to the Big Buddha statue—here are seven must-visit locations on Lantau Island. 

  1. Tian Tan Buddha (The Big Buddha) 

No trip to Lantau Island would be complete without visiting Tian Tan Buddha—the world’s most giant outdoor bronze seated Buddha. This impressive 34-meter-tall statue was built in 1993 and overlooked the South China Sea from its perch atop Ngong Ping Plateau. Visitors can take a 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung Town Centre to Ngong Ping Village, where the statue is located. Once there, you can explore its grounds and visit the nearby Po Lin Monastery to glimpse traditional Chinese culture. 

2. Cheung Sha Beach 

Cheung Sha Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong. Cheung Sha beach is located at the northern end of Lantau Island, which boasts two kilometers of white sand and crystal clear waters—making it perfect for swimming or sunbathing. There are also several restaurants and bars nearby where visitors can grab a bite to eat or get refreshments after a long day at the beach. 

3. Tai O Fishing Village 

For those looking for an authentic experience, Tai O Fishing Village should be at the top of your list! This traditional village has been around since before World War II and is home to hundreds of stilt houses built over the water. Here you will find fresh seafood markets, boat tours through mangroves swamps, and unique souvenirs made by local artisans—all within walking distance from each other!      

4. Discovery Bay 

Discovery Bay is ideal for families with children as it offers plenty of fun activities, such as bike rides along its waterfront promenade and kayaking trips around its bay area. It’s also known for its lively nightlife scene with numerous bars and restaurants throughout Discovery Bay Marina Clubhouse, making it perfect for couples too!

5. Pui O Beach    

Pui O Beach is another stunning beach on Lantau Island that’s great for swimming or enjoying some downtime in nature. The beach is surrounded by lush greenery, which adds to its serene atmosphere—and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a hike up nearby Sunset Peak, where you’ll get breathtaking views of both land and sea!       


6. Hong Kong Disneyland

Don’t be a kid to appreciate all that Hong Kong Disneyland has to offer! With seven themed lands full of rides, shows, shopping centers, and more—Hong Kong Disneyland offers something for every age group, so make sure you add this to your list when visiting Lantau Island!           

7. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

For those who don’t mind heights, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car provides spectacular views over both land and sea during its 25-minute ride from Tung Chung Town Centre up to Ngong Ping Village, where you will find Tian Tan Buddha (The Big Buddha). And if you have time afterward, stop at Wisdom Path—a series of wood carvings representing Buddhist teachings and stunning views over the South China Sea!                     

Whether it’s spending time at one of Lantau Islands’ stunning beaches or exploring centuries-old fishing villages like Tai O, something here will appeal to everyone who visits this remarkable island just outside Hong Kong city center! So make sure you add these top 7 places on your travel itinerary next time you plan a trip out here – you won’t regret it!

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