Monday, March 8, 2010

Hongkong: Lantau Island

How to get there?
From MTR Tsim Sha Tsui station, take Tsuen Wan Line, alight at Lai King Station, an interchange station to Tung Chung Line, drop off at Tung Chung station and take Exit B. Bus Terminus going to Lantau is distance away from Exit B.

From here you have two options:
1. Lantau Bus - Lantau Day Pass cost HK$35.00, unlimited rides on all regular routes of New Lantao Buses on the same day.
2. Ngong Ping 360 cable car - Station just beside the bus terminus. Round trip cable car ride HK$107.00

We hop on Bus 23 bound to Ngong Ping Village, which is 30-45 minute drive from the Tung Chung Center.

Tian Tan "Giant" Buddha




Climb 268 steps to the world's tallest, outdoor, seated bronze Buddha, feel its majestic size of 34m high and have a breathtaking view of the island.

Lantau Trail

Have a leisure walk with a glimpse of nature on your way to Lantau Peak, the second highest peak in Hongkong which is 934 meters above sea level. Next to it is the Wisdom Path or the Heart Sutra Wood Inscription, an outdoor wooden version of the 260-word prayer on 38 wooden rectangular beams or obelisks. The beams are in the shape of a figure eight to represent infinity. The Heart Sutra is on the beams. Experience the art of Chinese calligraphy here.

Po Lin Monastery

Observe Chinese culture and religion in their temples and monasteries.

Tai O
From Ngong Ping bus terminus, we ride on Bus 21 servicing Tai O - Ngong Ping Route. 15-20 minute drive to the "Venice of Hongkong"

Discover peace and serenity in this humble fishing village where you can just sit, relax and watch the coast. Villagers could also take you to the waters by their motorboat where dolphins are commonly seen.

Indeed Lantau is an ultimate escape from the bustling city of Hongkong.

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