Hong Kong Sights to See - Lantau Island and Nearby
Just as Hong Kong is itself an island, located just off the mainland from Kowloon, so there are other islands, less well known, but equally worth a visit. Lantau
Island, which houses the now famous Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha, is the central starting point
for visits to these historical treasures.
Lantau Island houses much more than the exquisite Po
Lin monastery and famed giant Buddha statue. A short bike ride from the monastery is Mui Wo. For those who prefer a less strenuous form of
transportation there's also a convenient bus from the main depot at Po Lin.
Mui Wo is on Silvermine
Bay, named after the 19th century silver mines
that provided wealth for some and hope for others. The Silvermine Cave
where most of the digging took place is now sealed off for safety
reasons, but the area still offers much to see. The peaceful coastal
waters and many trails aside lush greenery make the side trip well
worth the effort.
Located on the southwest corner of Lantau Island is Fan Lau, a fort
built in 1729 to protect shipping on the Pearl River. Once
most notorious areas - hotbed of smugglers of guns, drugs and people -
the fort now provides arrivals with a more peaceful visit. The ruins
provide an interesting look back to a - happily - bygone era.
West of Lantau Island is Tai
O, known as "Hong Kong's Venice". Housing
several temples, including Guandi, Yanghou and Hongshenye, this tiny
fishing village offers visitors excellent shrimp paste and fish.
After a small meal, explore some of the waterways and pedestrian
bridges that make this island facing the South China Sea so
spectacular. Among the many interesting sights are the pang uk, houses
built on stilts over the waterways.
The occupants of those houses are the descendants of an ancient people,
the Tanka. Immigrants
to the Hong Kong area during the Han
Tanka have been fishing and navigating these waters for hundreds of
generations. Visitors can pay one of the local boat owners a small fee
and take a trip out in hopes of catching sight of one of the renowned
The village also houses a small museum for visitors, but the streets
themselves offer the best source of information about the area.
Residents can tell polite visitors anything they want to know about its
ancient history or contemporary situation.
For those truly looking for something out of the way, try a visit to
Along the quiet green hills, hikers can take a journey back
through time only a short ferry ride away from bustling, ultra-modern
Here you can enjoy a visit to the small Tin Hau temple,
built in 1792.
Walk around the less than one square kilometer island and take a hike
up to Finger Hill,
then take the ferry back to Hong Kong.
If you want a good view of Lantau Island, the giant Buddha, and Po Lin monastery, Samantha Brown has a good segment on the Travel Channel, but the schedule varies, so you will have to do a little research to catch it.
Hong Kong's nearby island neighbors are welcoming and ready to proudly
display their ancient heritage.
Sights to see in Hong Kong include:
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb
Mai Po Marsh
Museum of History
Po Lin Monastery
Star Ferry and Victoria Harbor
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