Culture, color, food, scenic locations and shopping Hong Kong offers us all of it and so much more. As a traveler, the country has the potential to mesmerize us in just one glimpse. No matter how many places you visit, your tour is incomplete without a journey to the famous ‘Lantau Island’.
Situated at a distance of mere 40 minutes, the journey comprises of a train ride, ferry ride as well as a bus ride. One can also choose to skip all these modes of transport and just take a drive to the island. All these rides are just the appetizers because the real main course is the ‘cable car’. Better known as the ‘Ngong Ping cable car’ the cable car/gondola lift ride offers a 360-degree mesmerizing view of the island as well as several parts of the country. The 25 minutes ride stretches from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping and every single second is worth capturing.
As per archeological remains, life on Lantau existed since a very long time, though the concrete location and type of life isn’t completely determined. The Chinese have always considered the island a very significant location for building trade routes as well as navigation. The island was infamous for smugglers and pirates until the 19th century. It was in 1906 that the Po Lin Monastery came into existence, 99 years later, with Disney Land came more tourism to the island.
In a country that is always hustling and bustling, it is the Lantau Island that offers a piece of tranquility. Lush greenery and the beautiful Buddha statue rising out of it, is a sight to behold. The 112ft bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni denotes the in-sync bond of humans and nature. Looking at the statue we cannot help but agree that man indeed is nothing without faith and nature.
A delightful journey is incomplete without some lip-smacking food and that is exactly what we can find at the Po Lin Monastery. A wonderful vegetarian meal is served at the monastery canteen/deli. The meal is simple and delectable, cooked with fresh vegetables, it is like the perfect food. Surrounded by the nature, the aromatic food on the plate feels like swallowing every bit of the serenity around us.
If it is your first time visiting the island then here are some simple and easy tips and tricks to keep in mind,
- Important essentials- The island boasts beaches which are a must visit so don’t forget to carry your beach essentials.
- What to eat? – Surrounded by water, finding fresh seafood on the island is very easy, visit the local restaurants to get your hands on those crabs and shrimps.
- Other attractions- The Lantau island is full of surprises. Take a boat ride and get a look at the Pink Dolphins or enjoy your day full of fun frolicking at the Disneyland.
- Best time to visit- The dry and cool months of October, November and December are the most favorable time to visit the island.