Lantau Island is hands down one of the most beautiful places in Hong Kong. I was amazed the first time I went about a year ago, and this time my excitement toward this places was still pretty much the same . Seeing Lantau once was definitely not enough, I could easily go a couple of times. The good weather is necessary, if there is no sun or even worse, if it’s raining or the visibility is not that good, there is no point going. So save this trip for a good day, and trust me it is worth it. It’s more of a day trip, so we went on a sunny Sunday since we didn’t have classes that day, and of course we ended up stuck in a 40 minutes line, so if you decided to go on a weekend get the ticket online, it will save you a lot of time.
You can take the metro all the way from Hong Kong Island to Lantau, the famous cable car is right by the metro station, and it takes you all the way to the top of the mountain to the statue of Big Buddha. The cable car ride is probably the biggest attraction and it might get a bit pricey especially if you take the crystal cabin, but if you ask me it’s totally worth it. It takes about 15 minutes and the view is freaking amazing. You see the city from the far, colourful skyscrapers, green hills and blue water, and it really can’t get much better. I was jumping around the cabin like a crazy the whole time trying to take pictures of everything. If you’re not scared of heights crystal cabin is a good choice, the floor of is made of glass, so it adds a little extra to the whole experience.
After the cabin ride you climb up the stairs to the Big Buddha, which is a pretty impressive 30 meters high statue. And this is not the end of Lantau’s attraction; you can go to the beach (which I didn’t get a chance to do) or to the little fishing village Tai O. It’s one of these places, that you need to hurry up to see, because in a couple of years it might not be there. It was a tiny old school village , basically build on water, locals were siting in front of their houses cleaning fish and selling all kinds of fish and seafood related items. I don’t know how real it is anymore, but it did feel pretty real to me. It’s quiet a change after huge, modern Hong Kong.
So my message to all of you visiting Hong Kong is; Go to Lantau! If you don’t, you’re really missing out.