Following the breakfast, we will take a short transfer by private car from your hotel on Hong Kong Island to Lantau Island. Upon arrival at Tung Chung City Center, catch the the iconic Ngong Ping Cable Car for a 5.7 kilometer (25 minutes) ride to Ngong Ping village. From the cabin, enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the Hong Kong International Airport, verdant, mountainous terrain of Lantau Island, the Big Buddha and the 360-degree view of Ngong Ping Plateau.
Upon arrival at the village, climb the 268-stair ascent to the impressive Big Buddha, also known as Tian Tan Buddha, one of the most iconic attractions of Lantau island. Divided into two parts, the statue’s body is 26.4m tall and 34m in total measuring from the lotus throne and the base. We then visit Po Lin Monastery which is opposite the statue. It is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed “the Buddhist World in the South”. Afterward, take a 15 minute walk at the “Wisdom Path”. This path follows a series of 38 wooden steles, each 8 to 10 metres high and featuring verses from the centuries-old Heart Sutra, one of the world’s best-known prayers revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike.
Our next stop is the quaint and picturesque village of Tai O in the Western coast of Lantau Island. From Ngong Ping village, we take bus 21 to Tai O terminus (approximately 20 minutes) and walk for around five minutes along the waterfront to reach Tai O. This village is one of the few remaining places where you can still see traditional stilt houses predominant of the old Southern Chinese fishing villages in Hong Kong. Upon arrival, take a leisurely stroll around the village, harbor and market where you can sample local specialties such as dried fish and shrimps, shrimp pâté, and rice cakes.
We then visit the 15th century Kwan Tai temple which is dedicated to Kwan Tai, a deified general known as the God of War. To understand more about this area, meet up with a local artist to listen his/her interesting stories.
From Tai O village, take a public bus to the beautiful, 3 km beach of Cheung Sha. After a short break on the beach, the public bus will take us Mui Wo where we embark on the ferry to cruise back to Hong Kong island.
Note: As we use the public transport for today trip, it will take more time for transporting. We can, however, arrange for whole-day trips.
Overnight in Hong Kong.