Lantau Island

Lantau Island is Hong Kong's biggest island, about twice the size of Hong Kong Island. Only about 60,000 people live on it compared to 1.4 million people who inhabit Hong Kong Island.

Lantau Island is mostly natural parkland with theme parks, tourist sites, hiking trails, seashores, and beaches. It is a wonderful place to go to escape from the urban crowds of Hong Kong.

  • Area: 147 square kilometers (57 square miles)
  • Popular activities: have fun at Disneyland, ride in the Ngong Ping tram, relax on the beach, visit a fishing village, hike along Lantau Trail
  • Must-sees: Hong Kong Disneyland, Po Lin Monastery, Tai O
  • Suited to: anyone
  • Time needed: one to three days, depending on your itinerary

Highlights You Won't Want to Miss

1. Hong Kong Disneyland

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  • It has seven theme lands: Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.
  • It is a great place for family tours.
  • It has its own special Disney MTR Line that connects it to the MTR metro system.

2. Giant Buddha and Po Lin Monastery

  • It is a big Hong Kong Buddhist center.
  • Tian Tan Buddha is the world’s largest seated outdoor bronze Buddha statue.
  • You can enjoy a meal at its popular vegetarian restaurant.

3. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

  • It is a visually spectacular 5.7 kilometers bi-cable ropeway.
  • It links the MTR Tung Chung Station to the Ngong Ping terminals.
  • The 25-minute ride offers a breathtaking vista of the magical deep blue sea and lush green mountainside.

4. Tai O

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  • A real, ancient Chinese Hong Kong village on the western extreme of Lantau Island
  • A community of fisherfolk
  • Known as a village of houses built on wooden stilts in the water
  • A photographer's paradise

5. Tsing Ma Bridge

  • It is the world's ninth-longest span suspension bridge.
  • It looks like the Golden Gate Bridge, but is heavier.
  • The bridge allows quick access between the nearby Hong Kong urban area and the airport on Lantau Island.

6. Peaks

Lantau Peak is the second highest summit in Hong Kong with an elevation of 934 meters (3,070 feet). The climb, starting from Po Lin, takes about one hour. It is one of the best spots to catch the sunrise.

Sunset Peak is the third highest peak in Hong Kong at a height of 869 meters (2,851 feet). You can start from Mui Wo and hike up the Lantau Trail. This climb takes about 2½ hours. The beautiful sunset is the best reward for your effort. Also read Hiking Sunset Mountain on Lantau Island.

7. Lantau Trail

An excellent way to see the sights is to go hiking. Lantau Trail was opened in 1984. The 70-kilometer trail is a loop, starting and finishing in Mui Wo. It takes two or three days to finish the whole route.

It has distance posts every 500 meters. There are sign boards and maps at trail junctions, and good facilities for hikers. There is a variety of scenery from mountain grasslands to jungles, and seashores to villages.

Read more information about Lantau Island Hiking.

8. Beaches and Shorelines

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Cheung Sha Beach is about 2 kilometers long, and it is relatively empty. It is divided into two parts by a headland. The eastern side has a village, beachside restaurants, and a sandy shore for playing in the water. The longer western side has rocky boulders.

Silvermine Bay Beach is a good beach that is only 5 minutes away from the Mui Wo Ferry Pier. There are lifeguards on duty at the swimming area.

Pui O Beach is a camping spot with wild camping facilities. It is part of Lantau South Country Park, which is the largest natural park in Hong Kong with an area of 56 square kilometers, or about 22 square miles.

The Best Time for a Visit

The best time to visit Lantau Island is from October to February when it is cool and dry.

Travel Essentials for Planning a Trip


The island is about 11 kilometers, or 7 miles, due west of Hong Kong Island.

How to Get There


Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is located off the north coast of Lantau Island. It is very convenient for international travelers wanting to visit Lantau Island.


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MTR's Airport Express links the airport and Central, Hong Kong's business district. It only takes 23 minutes to travel between the two.

The Tung Chung MTR goes from Central to Tung Chung near Ngong Ping. It has a branch line at Sunny Bay Station to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.


A ferry service is available between Mui Wo and Central's Pier 6 with a transportation time of 30 to 50 minutes, depending on the vessel.

A 24-hour ferry service connects Pier 3 in Central and Discovery Bay. The transportation time is 25 minutes plus about 10 minutes to walk across the pier.

Nearby Attractions

  • Victoria Peak: As the highest peak on Hong Kong Island, it is the best spot to have a bird's-eye view of Victoria Harbour.
  • Ocean Park: It is on the southern shore of Hong Kong Island, and it is the most popular theme park in Hong Kong.
  • Aberdeen: It is a world-famous travel spot for its floating village and floating seafood restaurants.

Tour Lantau Island with China Highlights

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of central Hong Kong, Lantau Island is the perfect place to go. Enjoy a delightful and worry-free tour with China Highlights. Our knowledgeable guide will share the interesting stories of the island with you and will lead you to the best spots for taking pictures.

If you do not like the above tour, tell us what modes of travel and sightseeing options you prefer, and we'll tailor-make a tour for you.