Lantau Island Hong KongHong Kong Lantau Island
The island of Lantau is the biggest island in Hong Kong and almost twice the island area. Situated 10 km westward of Hong Kong Island, it is about 25 km long. The Lantau Link has been linked to Kowloon and the New Territories by a range of railways, streets and footbridges since 1997, when it was finished to operate Hong Kong International Airport on the shallow island of Chek Lap Kok.
Though there has been significant growth along a small stretch of the north side of the island around the Lantau Link road with the building of Hong Kong Disneyland, the home of Discovery Bay and Tung Chung New Town, most of the island is largely intact.
This island is domiciled by scenic rolling countryside and summits, scenic coastlines with some magnificent sandy shores, sanctuaries, monasteries, ancient fishermen's communities and beautiful walking itineraries. Lantau has a little over 105,000 inhabitants (2011 census), but almost 85% of them are located in the recently evolved and rapidly expanding cities of Tung Chung and Discovery Bay in North Lantau.
Arrival - There are several ways to get to Lantau. It is the most appropriate one for the island's visitor, depending on the type of tour and which parts of the island to explore. Transport can be summarized as follows: Ferry from Central Pier 6 on Hong Kong Island to Mui Wo.
Boat from Central Pier 3 on Hong Kong Island to Discovery Bay. Inter-Iceland-Ship from Cheung Chau and Peng Chau to Mui Wo and Chi Ma Wan. From Peng Chau to Trappist Haven Monastery and Discovery Bay (Nim Shue Wan). Ferries from Tuen Mun to Tung Chung, Sha Lo Wan and Tai O. Buses from Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories to Tung Chung and Disneyland.
Coaches from HK International Airport to Tung Chung and Mui Where. Lantau has an extended route and Discovery Bay has its own coach service. For more detailed information on these localities on Lantau, please see the "Arrival and departure" section below. Before Tung Chung New City and Discovery Bay was developed, Mui Woo Lantaus was Lantaus' biggest city and the only traffic junction with around 8,000 inhabitants in and around the city.
Located in a beautiful landscape at the base of the Lantau hill on the outskirts of the beautiful Silvermine Bay on the south coast. Here come ferryboats from the town of Lantau and many people use the buses to explore the area. The Silvermine Beach area just off the jetty has clear sand with shower and toilet facilities.
Mui Wo is the departure point for the 70 km long, round Lantau Trail, which leads over the main summits of Lantau, before it sweeps down and around the hill above the south coast. Near the jetty are a McDonalds fastfood place, 7-11 grocery stores, China Bear publish and Mui Wo Cooked Meal Market, where there are several fish shops.
FAIRRIES - from Central Pier 6 on Hong Kong Island either 30 min by Fast Ferry (catamaran) or 50 min by Full (double-decker) ferry. Though it takes longer to travel, it is much more roomy, provides an outstanding view of Victoria Harbour and some remote travel destinations, and has a sundeck on the back of the upper decks of the luxury series.
On Sundays and holidays the price of the boat increases by 50%. Schedule and prices can be found here; Mui Where can also be accessed by Inter-Island from Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. Schedule and prices here; and quay boat from Discovery Bay. Schedule and prices here; BUSES - Mui Where Bus Terminus is located outside the landing stage and many of our bus and coach connections are scheduled for the arrivals of the boats.
New Lantao Bus Company operates the roofing coaches. Connections from Mui Wo to Ngong Ping (for the Tian Tan Buddha Statue, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Village and Ngong Ping 360 Cupid Terminus), Tai O, Tung Chung and Hong Kong International Airport. Timetable can be found here; 2 - Mui Wo to Ngong Ping (about 40 minutes); 1 - Mui Wo to Tai O (about 40 minutes); 3M - Mui Wo to Tung Chung (about 50 minutes); A35 - Mui Wo to Tung Chung and Hong Kong International Airport (about 65 minutes); SILVERMINE BEACCH RESORT - 128 rooms 3 stars beachfront hotels about 10 min on foot from Mui Wo Ferry Pier.
14/15 Tung Wan Tau Road, Silvermine Beach, Mui Wo, Lantau Island. The NGONG PLING - is a high plain in the Lantau Highlands in the shade of Lantau Peak, Hong Kong's second highest alp. Since the Tian Tan Big Buddha sculpture was built in 1993, Ngong Ning has become one of Hong Kong's most visited places.
Old Pai Lau, restored during the building of the new Ngong Ping square. At the entry to the square near Ngong Ping Village, a new Pai Lau was built in the Nordic tradition. The Ngong Ping Plaza, which connects Ngong Ping Village with other touristic sites in Ngong Ping, such as the Giant Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and the Wisdom Path, was finished in July 2010 as part of a program to improve Ngong Ping's community amenities.
Built in 1998, the boiler recalls the end of Britain's independence and Hong Kong's comeback to the mother country a year before. This kettle is etched with the Bauhinia design, the Hong Kong mint. Boiler to commemorate the reunion of Hong Kong with China and the Welto Temple.
Over a three-year transport to Lantau, where it was installed. There' s a less sloping driveway that leads to the parking lot below the lower level, from where the Buddha platform can be accessed either via a handicapped accessible platform or a stair.
The driveway and parking lot are only open to buses and registered cars, but not to taxi traffic. The Ngong PingVillage is the first of its kind in Lantau, which was opened in 2006 at the same date as the Ngong Ping 360 cableway. It' a very commercialized, cultural influenced town in the typical russian architecture, only a few minutes walking distance from Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha statue.
There are souvenir stores, cafes and the Ngong Ping Teahouse with everyday teaceremonies, the multimedia show "Walking with Buddha", casual road maintenance and the Ngong Ping Nature Center, a Lantau Countrypark visitors' center. In Ngong Ping village is also the top station of the NGONG PING 360 CABLE CARE, which connects the town with Tung Chung (see "Tung Chung" for more information).
It is open from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 18.00, on Saturdays and bank days from 9.00 to 18.30. Entrance to the town is free, but there is an entrance fee of HK$36 for the "Walking with Buddha" fun. The Ngong Ping Sewage Treatment Plant, situated near the town of Ngong Ping and contracted by the Drainage Services Department in 2006, supplies 40,000 inhabitants, among them Ngong Ping inhabitants and tourism.
Ngong Ping has a number of favourite walks and itineraries. This includes a scenic stroll through the Tung Chung Valley along wooded hilltops, creeks, gazebos and shrine through the old Tei Tong Tsai village and the Po Lam and Lo Hon cloisters. On the way there is the possibility to see the Tung Chung Fort.
The footpath to downtown Tung Chung lasts about two hour, but can be reduced to about 90 min once you reach Tung Chung Rd, where busses to Tung Chung and Mui Where are available. The Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail, which covers a brief section of the Lantau Trail and begins at the turnoff from the access route below the Ngong Ping Village funicular station, is a very special hike.
It is a sensational hike along the peaks under the ropeway and along the cableway tower and the angular stop. Some of the stairs approach some of the ropeway tower and on the sides of the valleys, and there are some hilly stretches, but much of the way is flat to the quick descend via stairs from Tower 3 to Tung Chung Bay.
Take 3 hrs walking time to reach the city center of Tung Chung this way, although the hike by coach from Tung Chung Road near Tung Chung Fort or Yat Tung Estate can be abridged. Ngong Ping is the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Cars mountain station that connects the community to the city of Tung Chung near Hong Kong International Airport.
A 7km drive across Tung Chung Bay and Lantau Island lasts 25min. The Tung Chung Cable Carb Terminus is about 3 walking minute from the Tung Chung MTR Station entrance B, behind the Citygate Outlets shopping area. The Tung Chung Cable Carb Terminus is serviced from Hong Kong International Airport by the S1 shuttles (jointly run by Citybus and Long Win Bus) from Cheong Tat Road in front of Terminal 1 Arrivals Hall.
There is a 5 -minute ride to the funicular station. Ropeway shuts down several times a year and current information can be found on the Ngong Ping 360 website; 2 - Ngong Ping to Mui Wo (approx. 40 min.); 23 - Ngong Ping to Tung Chung (approx. 55 min.);
After-school Service 21 - Ngong Nong to Tai O (approx. 15/20 min.); NGONG BANK FOUNDATION SG DAVIS HOSTEL - is operated by the Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association and offers dormitories and twin rooms for YHA members and non-members. If you would like further information and would like to make a reservation, please call the Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association at (852) 2788 1638 during business hour Monday - Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm to 30-pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is also a member of Hostelling International, through which reservations are also possible; TAI E - situated on the northwest shore - is a favourite place for guests, many of whom associate a trip here with a trip to Ngong Ping. With 3,000 inhabitants, Tai No is a typical fishermen's town that once had a flourishing saline indium.
A part of the island is located on a small island linked by an old Tai Chung River Brigde, which in 1996 substituted the old hand-drawn boat across the water. Suggestions for the construction of new double footbridges in the town, further along the Po Chue Tam and Yim Tin canals, and a contest for designs, which was completed in April 2013, led to over 120 submissions.
Suggestions for a new traffic junction, parking lots and an entry point at the west end of Tai O Road were presented in March 2015 and the maps were officially adopted in April 2016. There is still a large fishery in the town and the scent of dry and clean seafood can be felt everywhere.
Though part of the town was burned down in 2000, there are still many stilted buildings that line the canal through the town and the small alleys with small metal huts are still amazing to discover. Cross the viaduct and head eastwards through the town to Yeung Hau Temple and a little further on there is a gazebo overlooking the ocean to Hong Kong International Airport.
In recent years the town has been in a state of decay and is becoming increasingly dependent on tourists as the local populations age and young populations move away. However, in June 2009, a revitalization plan was unveiled that provides for the creation of a natural educational path with mangrove, wetlands and forest areas that the visitor can discover with a hand-operated boat.
Before the building of two viaducts in 1996, the hand-drawn ferry boats were a well-known place in the town. There are also planned a people' s history centre to be accommodated in converted stilts homes, a saltworks showroom, a new entry to the Tai O Bus Station town, a YHA, a camping site and a flood protection area.
Continuing along Wing On Street at 54 Tai O Culture Workshop, a popular culture workshop established in 2001 by the village resident and historic writer who is the trustee and has authored a illustrated Tai O story guide.
Hong Kong Dolphinwatch also offers guided walking trips on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from the Kowloon Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. A number of beloved hikes from Tai O, which include a 3- to 4-hour hike along the coast to Tung Chung, passing the jagged coast, the wooded areas of woodland and small historic towns and offering a scenic view of Hong Kong International Airport.
Because of the brief detour from the central route to the Sha Lo Wan Pier there are nice close-ups of taking off and arriving airplanes. At first the road is made of soil and unconsolidated rock, but after about 2 km it goes on to Tung Chung.
This hike is relatively simple and can be reduced by taking the Tung Chung Road coach. Sailing 21 - Ngong Ping to Tai O (15/20 min.); Sailing 1 - Mui Wo to Tai O (approx. 40 min.); Sailing 11 - Tung Chung City Center to Tai O (approx. 55 min.); There is a day-to-day Kaiido boat connection between Tai O, Sha Lo Wan, Tung Chung and Tuen Mun.
There is a boat stop at the boardwalk next to the Tai O stop (not at the dock at the port entrance). It is a picturesque trip along the northwest coastline and through the small canal between Hong Kong International Airport and Lantau Island.
It is a 20 minute drive from Tai O to Sha Lo Wan, 30 minutes to Tung Chung, 50 minutes to Tuen Mun. Monday to Saturday you can pay on the boat in bar or with the Octopus Card. Octopus Card and pay aboard the boat are not acceptable on Sunday and bank holiday, and on the same date you must purchase departures cards from Tai O at the Fortune Holiday Ticketing Shop on the Tai O Waterfront Promenade.
You can buy daily departures from Tuen Mun from 7am to 30 am at the Tuen Mun Ferry Pier. Fortuitous Ferry Ticketing stand on the boardwalk. Located at Fortune Ferry Company, the schedule can be accessed via the following link: (the page opens in Chinese - click on the second headline on the second page for the English language timetable); TAIOO; SOLO LIODGE GOST HOME - two 2-bedroom cottages for up to 4 persons and one 2-bedroom guesthouse for 4-6 persons.
Designed by the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation and active as a non-profit welfare organization. trappist haven sanctuary, established in 1956 by Chinese continental Chinese religious, is situated in Tai Shui Hang on the northeast shore of Lantau, halfway between Mui Wo and Discovery Bay.
Some of the pedestrian streets from the convent to the quay are lined with pictures of Christ in the form of a cross with numbers. From Discovery Bay (Nim Shue Wan) and Peng Chau there is a quay boat to the monastic piers, from where the cloister can be reached on foot in about 10 mins.
At Mui Wo Ferry Pier take the cement road around Silvermine Bay past Silvermine Beach Hotel, Seaview Holiday Resort and Silvermine Bay Outdoor Recreation Camp to the end. Discouvery Bay - is a privately owned, contemporary luxurious housing complex in a westerly setting, nestling between the North Lantau Country Park and the ocean at Tai Pak Wan (Discovery Bay) near Hong Kong Disneyland.
From the early 1980s, the city was built in a mix of high-rise and flat buildings and apartment buildings. There is a 27-hole course high in the western hilly areas, an man-made sandy beaches and a yacht harbour. North Lantau Highway is the only way to get to the city via a privately owned highway and a passageway, and no automobiles are permitted except for a few official coaches.
It has its own Discovery Bay Transportation system with a ferry service to Central, making it a favourite commuter city for expatriates and serving Tung Chung, Hong Kong International Airport and Sunny Bay MTR Station with its coaches. It has a Californian flair and has many people.
The only reason to stay in Hong Kong for a longer period of inconvenience is to see the peculiarity of the place compared to the remainder of Hong Kong. For more information on Discovery Bay, click here; FAERRIES; From Central Pier 3 on Hong Kong Island, a 30-minute ferry ride is available.
It works 24 h a Day at a frequency of about 20/30 min from 6 a.m. to about 2 a.m. and then at 50-minute-interval. You can see the schedule here; http://db.tdw. hk/timetable/ferry/central/A caido shuttle runs to/from Peng Chau every 30/45 min from 6:00 am to 22:00 pm. Several of these also call the Trappist Haven Monastery Pier.
The schedule can be seen here; there is also a rare quay boat to/from Mui Wo. The schedule can be seen here; the two quay duisport facilities mentioned above start from the pier at Marina Drive, Nim Shue Wan (not the Discovery Bay's major dock.). BUSES; Discovery Bay has its own buses operating on three lines by Discovery Bay Transit Ser-vices Ltd (DBTSL); these lines are common and served 24 hours a day.
ACCOMMODATION; AUBERGE, a residential property on Discovery Bay Noord, opened in early 2013; TUNG CHUNG - on the northwest shore of Lantau - was until recently a small isolated fishermen's hamlet, but since 1992 the Tung Chung New town has been undergoing major overhaul. At present, the city has about 72,000 inhabitants and is to increase to 250,000 together with the neighboring Tai Ho.
Kowloon has experienced rapid growth since the North Lantau Highway and Lantau Link, which provide rapid railway and street connections from Kowloon to Hong Kong International airport, which opened in 1997 and employs many airlines and airports. A 35-minute ride on the MTR to Hong Kong's main island, it is also easily accessible to many Hong Kong's work people.
It consists of skyscrapers, both privately and state-owned, with a main retail area, amusement facilities, as well as excellent access by means of local and national rail. Situated along Tung Chung Bay, the city is linked in the northwest by bridge to Chek Lap Kok, the shallow island on which the airfield is located, while the city to the South is towered by the verdant rolling countryside and summits of NTL.
The Lantau concept plan of the Hong Kong government includes the challenging project to develop the coast of the Tung Chung area of Northern Lantau with themed parks, recreation and recreation amenities, expansion of the landscape garden and cross-border transportation node. There are two large Citygate Outlets and Fu Tung Shoppingmalls in the city center and another one at Yat Tung Estate on the southwestern suburbs.
City Gate outlet next to Tung Chung MTR Station is a favourite target for tourists and local residents and offers on four storeys designers fashions, sport, accessories, kids' clothing and home shops, as well as cosmopolitan cafés, fastfood outlet, movie theaters and four-star hotels. There is a music " dance " well on the plaza in front of the shopping centre and opposite City Gate, Tung Chung Crescent has a bank, bookshop, grocery, pharmacy and barber.
The Ngong Ping 360 is also located in the city center, only a two-minute stroll from the MTR Station and the Citygate Outlets. Ropeway trip follows a 5. 7 km through Tung Chung Bay and across summits and highlands of Lantau North Country Park on the way to Ngong Ping Village near Tian Tan "Big" Buddah and Po Lin Monastery.
It was opened in September 2006, but was shut down after an incident in June 2007 and only re-opened on New Year's Eve 2007. Funicular runs from Mon - Fri 10.00 to 18.00, Sat 10.00 to 18.30 and Sundays and Sundays 9.00 to 18.30 (list of extra holidays can be found on the website below).
Predated and scheduled coupons are now available at some MTR service centers. Passes purchased at the valley station of the funicular are valid for the same day's ride. All the detail here; Tung Chung Old Village at some point from the new borough is largely unaltered, but rather inappropriately embedded between the soaring Lantau Mountains and the residential skyscrapers.
The Tung Chung Fort, about 25 min walking distance from the city center, directly on Tung Chung Road (opposite the Yat Tung Estate), is from the XII c. but was reconstructed in 1832 and renovated in 1988. Constructed to protect the island from smuggling and piracy, it was given up when the New Territories were rented to the British in 1898.
It' possible to go along the top of the still unbroken ramparts and on the northern face there are six cannon, whose once unhindered views of the ocean are now totally blocked by the Yat Tung Estate. The Tung Chung Battery, constructed in 1817 on the outskirts of Tung Chung Bay, was only found in 1980 and was a much smaller fortress.
From the Shun Tung Roads over the Chek Lap Kok highway and across the Chek Lap Kok East Seaboard, the Airfield Path takes you to Shun Tung Hill overlooking the shore, the airfield and the east shore of Chek Lap Kok. A number of walks lead to and from Tung Chung, such as the Tung Chung Valley hike to Ngong Ping, the Tai O and Ngong Ping 360 Rescue Trail.
The TRAIN - Tung Chung MTR Station is the terminal station of the Tung Chung Line, which starts at Hong Kong Station on Hong Kong Island and also operates the Kowloon Station. From Hong Kong station it is a 35 minute drive or 30 minute drive from Kowloon station and Sunny Bay (for Disneyland Resort), Lai King and Nam Cheong transfer stops mean that almost all parts of the railway system are well-connected.
BY BUS - From Tung Chung Town Centre there are regular connections to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. The most important itineraries are: complete schedules, tariffs and routing information for city bus lines can be found here by typing the line number in the routing field; or for Long Win lines; from the Tung Chung Development Pier there is also a picturesque Chaido crossing to/from Sha Lo Wan, Tai O and Tuen Mun run by the Fortune Ferry Company.
More information about the Tai East to Tung Cheng Island Cruise Services see HOW TO GET TO; schedule can be found here; TUNG CUNG ACCOMODATION; TUNG CITY GATE HONG KONG - four-star 440 room motel next to the City Gate Outlets Mall next to the Tung Cung MTR Station. ANOTHER LODGING another lodging on lantau island; treasure island - pui oh beach.
Beach activities center with rooms and campsite; http://www.treasureislandhk. com/product-category/beach_club/camping_cabanas/ LONG CONAST SEASPORTS - Water sports resorts in Lower Cheung Sha Village with lodging in four rooms with full board WiFi connection and well-equipped safari tent with AC and some furnishings. Situated in San Shek Wan on the southern shore of Lantau near Cheung Sha Beach; FAIRVIEW INN - Tong Fuk Village, Southern Lantau Coastline Road.