Lantau Island#9 in Best Things To Do in Hong Kong
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Like Singapore's Sentosa Island, Lantau Island is a tourist's playground. You've got historical sites, amusement parks, sunny beaches and more. Families love Hong Kong Disneyland, while active travelers enjoy traversing the trails that lead up to the scenic Sunset Peak. Those with a penchant for leisure will enjoy a casual stroll along Hong Kong's longest beach, Cheung Sha Beach, while seafood lovers will salivate at the site of fresh fish at Tai O Village market. Even history buffs have their pick of the Big Buddha (it's massive!) and the Po Lin Monastery. Regardless of your interests, you must take a ride on the Nong Ping Cable Cars for a unique bird's-eye view of the island.
Recent visitors loved the diverse array of activities available on Lantau Island, although they warned of long lines for the cable cars in particular. Some said those who are afraid of heights might want to skip the attraction, especially since some cars have glass bottoms. According to travelers, many come to Lantau Island to ride the cable cars and see the big Buddha, but others strongly recommended carving out time to visit the traditional fishing village, and if it's sunny, one of the island's beaches.
To reach Lanatau, you can take a ferry from Central Pier 6 and 3 on Hong Kong Island to either Mui Wo or Discovery Bay. If you don't have time for this scenic but slower route, take the MTR's Tung Chung Line from Hong Kong island. Once you're on the island, use the New Lantao Bus to get around. Fares range between HK$3.10 ($0.40) to HK$43 ($5.54) depending on where you want to go. For more information about transportation, consult the New Lantao Bus's website, the MTR's website, or our guide to Getting Around Hong Kong. The different attractions on Lantau maintain different hours and charge varied admission prices; check their individual websites before visiting.
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#1 Star Ferry
The Star Ferry is an absolute must when you come to Hong Kong. Think of it as the what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Transporting guests between the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, this vessel provides the most scenic route through the city. Visitors will be smack dab in the center of the city's famous skyline, providing amazing photo opportunities, especially at night.
Recent travelers described the views as priceless, with many saying bearing witness to the city's many towering skyscrapers while floating along the calm waters of the Victoria Harbour took their breath away. Some recommended catching the ferry at 8 p.m. for the Symphony at Lights Show, which is considered to be the world's largest permanent light and sound show.
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