ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My Hong Kong Lantau Sky, Land, and Sea Adventure

Updated on July 7, 2021
Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul has spent a lifetime travelling around East and Southeast Asia. He has visited Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Laos, and Thailand.

Giant Buddha Statue near Po-Lin Monastary


My Hong Kong Lantau Adventure

During the period April 13 through April 16 of 2015, my wife, a neighboring British couple, and I made a joint trip to Hong Kong. On the second day of our holiday, April 14, at the suggestion of David, we all decided to visit the giant Buddha statue near the Po-Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. Little did I know at that time that we would be seeing and experiencing more than the Buddha statue.

In this article, I happily recall our sky, land, and sea Lantau adventure. It begins with a spectacular 5.7-kilometer cable car journey up into the mountains. After describing our tour down to a fishing village and boat ride, I conclude with the experience of taking a walking tour to the giant Tian Tan Buddha Statue and Po-Lin Monastery.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong or 香港, Xianggang in Mandarin Chinese, literally means fragrant harbor. As we know it today, Hong Kong is a special administrative area of China. Up until 1997, however, it was a British colony.

In land area, Hong Kong is comprised of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and other islands. Lantau is the biggest of the other islands.

Hong Kong is a major business and financial center in East Asia. With a population of approximately seven million, it is a bustling metropolis with bank, office, and apartment skyscrapers built primarily along Victoria Harbor.


Looking towards Kowloon across Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong
Looking towards Kowloon across Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong | Source

Why Visit the Giant Buddha on Lantau?

While planning our sightseeing vacation in Hong Kong, my British friend David strongly recommended that we visit the giant Buddha on Lantau which he had seen 10 years before. Perhaps this suggestion was made because both his wife and mine are Buddhists, and they would enjoy the outing. Since we had two full days in Hong Kong, a half-day trip to Lantau would leave us ample time to go shopping on Kowloon and also take the tram up to Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island.

Giant Buddha Statue Near Po-Lin Monastary

Giant Buddha statue as viewed from a cable car headed toward Ngong Ping Village
Giant Buddha statue as viewed from a cable car headed toward Ngong Ping Village | Source

Getting to Ngong Ping Village on Lantau

After an early breakfast at our Holiday Inn Express Hotel in the Sheung Wan District of Hong Kong Island, we walked a few blocks to the Sheung Wan metro stop to catch the subway. Our first stop was in Kowloon where David wanted to take his laptop for repairs. We arrived there at 9:30 and had to wait until a computer shop opened at 10:00.

By the time we were finished at the computer shop, it was already 10:30. Our next plan of action was to get back on the Metro and take it to Tung Chung, the gateway stop to Lantau.

Upon arriving at Tung Chung after a 30-minute subway ride, we walked across the street and headed to the long line of people who were waiting to buy tours to the giant Buddha on Lantau and other attractions. The 45-minute wait in line was a little tiring, but not that uncomfortable because the weather wasn't hot and my wife found some other tourists from Thailand to chat with.

After getting to the box office for Lantau attractions, we all decided to book the tour from Ngong Ping Village to Tai-O, a fishing village, which included a guided bus and boat ride, and a walking tour to the Po-Lin Monastery past the giant Tian Tan Buddha statue. This package tour which also included cable car transit to Ngong Ping and back to Tung Chung was 390 Hong Kong dollars or about $60 U.S. dollars.

One of the advantages of booking a tour was being able to immediately get on a cable car headed up to Ngong Ping Village. Then the fun began. Our 5.7-kilometer journey was spectacular. While slowly ascending into the mountains, we all witnessed panoramic views of Tung Chung Bay, the Hong Kong International Airport, Ngong Ping Plateau, the South China Sea, and the big Buddha. After getting off the cable car, we entered Ngong Ping Village where we prepared to meet our tour guide and bus to the Tai-O fishing village.

Hong Kong Metro Map


Riding the Subway from Hong Kong to Kowloon

Cable Car Ride from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Village

Our Tai-O Fishing Village Excursion

Arriving at Ngong Ping Village at around 1:00, we learned that our tour bus to the Tai-O fishing village would be departing at 1:30. While waiting for the departure of the tour bus, we all satisfied our hunger with either six-inch or footlong subs at Subway.

A few minutes after 1:30 we boarded a bus with 25 other tourists and a Chinese tour guide who spoke both Mandarin Chinese and English. On the way down to the fishing village, we learned that fishing was a dying industry in Hong Kong. I was surprised to learn that at least half of Hong Kong's seafood was imported due to the polluted water and sea near Hong Kong. Consequently, the population of Tai-O was down to 2,000 and decreasing due not only to older people leaving the fishing industry but also because almost all of the young people were leaving the village and going into the city to find work.

The tour guide also told us some interesting facts about Chinese fishermen. They are especially superstitious and consider it bad luck living on land. Hence their houses are all built on stilts over the water.

During our hour-long stay at the fishing village, we spent about 30 minutes taking a boat ride beside the fishermen's homes and also out into their fishing grounds. The other 30 minutes were spent walking around the village and sampling some of the local oysters, clams, squid, and dried fish.

Tai-O Fishing village on Lantau

Fishing Waters Off Tai-O Fishing Village


Walking Tour of Po-Lin Monastery and Giant Tian Tan Buddha

Around 3:30 our tour bus returned to Ngong Ping Village. Next on our agenda was a walking tour of the Po-Lin Buddhist Monastery. This monastery was founded in 1906 and had 80 monks according to our tour guide.

On the way to the Po-Lin monastery, our guide pointed out the 12 divine generals that lined the path leading to the monastery. These 12 statues are dedicated to 12 heavenly generals revered in some Buddhist denominations. At the monastery, they function as protective deities.

As we approached the monastery, monks were inside chanting. Our destination was The Great Hall of Treasure which housed the three Buddhas - Sakyamuni, Dipaukurara, and Maitreya.

After leaving the monastery, the tour guide directed us in the direction of the giant Tian Tan Buddha. I was surprised to learn that this bronze Buddha statue completed in 1993 is the world's largest Buddha statue. It is 34 meters tall and weighs 250 tons.

At this point, the tour guide left us and we were encouraged to climb the 268 steps up to the giant Tian Tan Buddha. My wife declined because her back was killing her, but I ascended all of the steps and was rewarded with a great view of the monastery and mountainous scenery below as well as a view of the South China Sea.

One of the Divine Generals Guarding the Po-Lin Monastery


Great Hall of Treasure at Po-Lin Monastary



At 5:00, the four of us caught a cable car back to Tong Chung. Although we were very tired, we had seen some beautiful scenery and learned about Hong Kong fishermen, the Po-Lin Monastery, and the giant Tian Tan Buddha statue.

The Po-Lin Monastery

The Po-Lin Monastery as seen from the top of the Tian Tan Buddha statue
The Po-Lin Monastery as seen from the top of the Tian Tan Buddha statue | Source

The South China Sea

The South China Sea and surrounding countryside as seen from the top of the Tian Tan Buddha statue
The South China Sea and surrounding countryside as seen from the top of the Tian Tan Buddha statue | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Paul Richard Kuehn


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Thelma, I am really pleased that you liked this hub. When you and your hubby get back to East Asia, you must stop in Hong Kong for a few days and experience my Lantau adventure. Thanks for the votes and finding this article beautiful and useful!

    • Paul Kuehn profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      6 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Larry, I am extremely happy you enjoyed this hub. If you ever get to Hong Kong, you must go on a Lantau sky, land, and sea adventure.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks like a wonderful adventure. Great read!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany

      Wow! That is a beautiful place to visit in Hong Kong Paul. Thanks for sharing your travel with us. The scenery is awesome. Voted this up, beautiful and useful. Happy weekend!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)