Code: HKG09

Lantau Island Exploration

One Day Independent Tour Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car - Big Buddha - Po Lin Monastery - Tai O Fishing Village
Lantau is the largest island in Hong Kong, almost 2 times as big as Hong Kong Island. It is a mountainous region with very limited flat area. This one day independent Lantau Island tour will lead you to take the well-known Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, and visit the Big Buddha, the Po Lin Monastery and finally enjoy a leisurely stroll around Tai O Fishing Village.
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
After breakfast, take the MTR and transfer to the end of the Tung Chung Line. Exit through Exit B from Tung Chung station. Then walk around 3 minutes to the Cable Car counter. It takes around one hour to get there from downtown areas. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is the fastest way to climb up to the Big Buddha. During the 25-minute cable car ride, you will have a golden opportunity to overlook the Lantau Island, the international airport, South China Sea and verdant flora on the island. The single trip ticket fee is HK$130 for a standard cabin and HK$180 for a crystal cabin. Give a try on the Crystal Cabin, which is built with transparent glass and you can enjoy even the deep blue sea and lush green mountainside underneath your feet. Be prepared to wait in line for about 20-30 minutes during weekends or holidays.
Once you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by a culturally themed landscaped garden which is called Ngong Ping Village. There are a bunch of souvenir shops and eateries. Then walk a few minutes to the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha in Chinese), an impressive giant, bronze Buddha. The statue is 112 ft tall and 250 ton in weight, and it is the second largest outdoor sitting Buddha in the world. You could ascend 268 steps to have a close look at this holy Buddha.

Opposite the statue, it is the Po Lin Monastery, the prestigious bethel of Buddhism. Once a small, remote and tranquil temple, Po Lin became renowned when the Big Buddha statue was completed in 1993. Since then, more and more visitors and believers come to worship the Buddha. You can also enjoy a meal at its popular vegetarian restaurant.
Big Buddha
Then turn to Tai O Fishing Village. You can take bus 21 from Ngong Ping Bus Terminal or take a taxi to reach the village directly. The bus trip takes about 20 minutes and costs HK$6.6 on weekdays and HK$14 on Sundays and public holidays. Taking taxi is the most convenient way and takes approximately 10 minutes at a cost of around HK$50. It is the earliest village that has been developed in Hong Kong. Contrast to other regions in the metropolis, Tai O retains the original stilt houses, bridges, and boats. In the village, the fishermen's stilt houses flank along both sides of the river, interconnected with each other. The inhabitants there, Tanka people, fostered by the resourceful sea, make their living by fishing. You can either take a boat cruising along the river inside the town, or stroll on the narrow alleys and passages. The seafood and sea products of Tai O are very famous; many Hong Kong people come regularly to buy some local products. What's more, you will find delicious snacks and interesting souvenirs.
After finishing the Lantau tour, you can take bus 11 to Tung Chuang and then connect MTR back to the downtown area either Hong Kong Island or Kowloon side. The bus trip takes around 50 minutes and costs HK$12 on weekdays and HK$20 on Sundays and public holidays.
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Disneyland: One day tour of Magic Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
Family Fun: 3 days to Disneyland, Ocean Park, Victoria Peak, Lantau Island and a fishing village.
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Questions & Answers
Asked by ballu from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 13, 2016 05:53Reply
in 7 hr can we finish daycitybus trip covering bigbuddha n reach airport at 6pm?
kindly suggest 10 am to 5 pm day city bus tour which cover big Buddha, shopping at ladies market, mall, the peak visit n other places in between this. which r the pikup stands from where city bus can pik up us. 20 km radius of airport hotel will b ok to reach airport in 40 minutes? what are the charges per person for city bus day trip as above. any best place for shopping of garments for male/female n children within city? what are the approximate hotel tariffs for twin bed 5 star or 4 star hotel accommodation with breakfast? third week October16 probable visit dts.
Answers (1)
Answered by Peter | Oct. 13, 2016 20:28

Hi, you are suggested to visit the places in city area first, like Victoria Peak, Ladies Market, then transfer to visit the Tian Tan Big Buddha by taking Ngong Ping 360 before going to the airport. It takes around 30-40 minutes to drive to the airport from a hotel 20 km away of the airport. Ladies Market is one of the famous places for shopping of clothes. Since transportation in HK is quite convenient, you may travel around on your own by public transport, or you may find a local agency to arrange a one day trip for you. As for the accommodation, the prices are varied greatly for different hotels in HK. You are advised to look at a hotel booking website for details.
Asked by Gabriel from MEXICO | Aug. 28, 2016 16:31Reply
Enough time for visit?
Hello everyone!! I have only a few hours to visit Tian Tan Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, this will be weekday (Wednesday) and I have to be in the Hong Kong airport at 18:00 hrs, if arriving at 9:00 hrs to Big Buddha, will I have enough time to make the tour calmly?. In case I have my luggage with me, is there any lockers at the Monastery?
My flight time is 19:50 hrs
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Sara | Aug. 29, 2016 04:18

From the airport, you can take bus S1 to Tung Chung Bus Terminus(10 minutes), then take Ngong Ping 360(20 minutes)to visit the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. As for the luggage, you can deposit it at the airport or at the cable car station.
Asked by sprite from SINGAPORE | Jul. 28, 2016 10:45Reply
4-day visit to HKG
Hi, we're intending to visit HKG for 4 days. Tentative plan is as follows:
- Airport to HKG Island and back
- Ocean Park
- Big Buddha at Lantau Island
- HKG island area (e.g. the peak, tin hau)
- Maybe a bit of Kowloon area
Which card would you suggest we get? Also, the validity period is days, so what should we do for the 4th day? Will the airport trip on the 4th day still be valid? Last qns is: are there concessionary rates/card for children?

Thank you!

Answers (2)
Answered by Lydia | Jul. 28, 2016 22:23

As you stay four days in Hong Kong, I suggest you buy a Octopus Card, with which you can hop on and off trains, trams and most buses and ferries, not worrying about purchasing tickets each time. The transportation fee for children is cheaper.

Answered by Sprite from SINGAPORE | Jul. 30, 2016 03:55

Thank you!!
Asked by Johana from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 14, 2016 12:19Reply
Hi! We do have 6days trip in Hongkong. Can you please suggest an itinerary for us?
We're going to stay in Tung Chung.
Answers (2)
Answered by Wong | Jul. 14, 2016 20:51

Hi, I suggest you leave one day for shopping and one day for relax. So you can have a four days tour in Hong Kong. This is only for your reference.
1. Lantau Island
2. Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Ocean Park
3. Disneyland
4. New Territories
Answered by Johana from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 15, 2016 16:02

Thank you so much.
Asked by Steven | Sep. 24, 2013 19:18Reply
Is it possible to travel to Po Lin Monastery from Disney HK?
Answers (1)
Answered by Raymond | Sep. 24, 2013 21:06

Yes. You can go to Sunny Bay Station by Disney Line first, then transfer to Tung Chung Line and get off at Tung Chung Station (exit B), where you will take bus No. 23 to Ngong Ping and then walk to the monastery.
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