Lantau Island

Lantau Island is in the southwest of Hong Kong. With an area of 146.75 square meters, it is the biggest island in Hong Kong. Though most areas of the island belongs to outlying islands, the northeast part of it, including Yam O, Penny Bay, Kap Shui Mun etc, is administered by Tsuen Wan District. Many fantastic scenic sites can be seen here, including the spectacular Lantau Peak, the enjoyable Hong Kong Disneyland, the solemn Po Lin Monastery, the pleasant water town in Tai O and so on. Visit to Lantau Island is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a taste of special cultures.

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Tai O is located in the southwest of the Lantau Island, being the remotest fishing village in Hong Kong. Embraced on three sides by green hills, facing westwards to the Lingding Ocean, it is considered to be the most ideal place for appreciating sunset.

The famous Buddha--Giant Buddha stands just alongside the Po Lin Monastery. Contracted by the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace of China, the construction of the Buddha lasts 25years, opening its light and to the public in December in 1993. The Giant Buddha is the highest seated outdoor bronze Buddha in the world, sitting on the three-storey altar. It is 34 meters in height and 250 tonne in weight, the face of which is made of bronze, with an area of 30 square meters, grand and solemn. You can climb up the 268 stone steps to worship the grand Buddha or enjoy the spectacular scenes of the South China Sea.

The base of the Buddha consists of three storeys, the area of which respectively is 929 square meters of the first storey, 743, 20 square meters of the second storey, and 557, 40 square meters of the third storey. The design of the Buddha refers to the base of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Therefore, it gains its name “Giant Buddha”.

How to Get There: Monday to Saturday - Ferries leave from the pier #6 in Central between 6.10am and 11.50pm to Mui Wo. The trip takes approximately half an hour. The last ferry back to Central from Mui Wo is at 11.30pm. Sunday - Ferries leave from the same pier every half an hour between 7am-11.30am. The last ferry from Mui Wo is at 11.30pm. From Mui Wo you can take a bus or hire a boat or bike to get around the island. For up to date information call the Ferry hotline on 2131 8181. You can also get to Lantau via the new highway and the Tsing Ma Bridge. The airbus connects with Central but is not as convenient or scenic as the boat.

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