Lantau Island

The Venerable Buddha of Lantau

The Venerable Buddha of Lantau by Laszlo Ilyes. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution License.

Lantau Island (大嶼山) is the largest island in the Hong Kong region. Here, visitors can get away for the biz of the city and relax in the small villages and country side that makes up most of the island. However, Lantau is far from undeveloped. The new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, adjoins Lantua. Also Hong Kong Disney is located on this island as is the popular Ngong Ping 360 cable car and village and Tian Tan Buddhist Temple and monastery. Over 50% of the land area of Lantau Island is designated as country parks including Lantau North Country Park (22 square kilometres) and Lantau South Country Park (56.4 square kilometres). The 70km Lantau Trail runs through these parks.

Other tourist attractions on the island include the remains of Tung Chung Fort which is a Qing Dynasty fortification build to combat opium smuggling. Nearby are the remains of a second world war artillery battery. There is the Trappist Haven Monastery, a Christian monastery as well as Po Lin Monastery, a Buddhist monastery. Two villages of note on Lantau island are Tai O, a traditional fishing village, and Discovery Bay, a modern development which is noted for its excellent beach and leisure facilities.

Map showing location of Lantau Island

Above: Location of Lantau Island in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China