Hong Kong is famous for many things: diverse food, bustling markets, fascinating history, tiny hotel rooms… However, there’s a whole other side to the special administrative region just next to Shenzhen, and that’s what I fell in love with on my third trip to the Pearl of the Orient. Outside the main city are a number of islands and peninsulas with ample hiking and outdoor sightseeing opportunities. In addition to the stunning Sai Kung Park which I visited during my first few days, I also made a day trip to Lantau Island to see a few classic sights: the Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, and Tai O Fishing village.
When I went to Hong Kong, I knew at once I wanted to write a story set there.” – Paul Theroux
Getting to Lantau Island
Getting to Lantau Island is easy: take the metro. There are other options, of course. You could take a cab, or a bus, or even the ferry. But the metro is quick, easy, and cheap, and it gets you straight to Tung Chung, which can serve as the jumping off point for any of the below attractions.
- Take the Tung Chung (Orange) Line to Tung Chung Station.