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Lantau Island
Lantau Island
#About the Largest Island in Hong Kong

The largest out of 235 islands spread around Hong Kong is Lantau Island. Lantau is located about a half hour boat ride, and about 10 kilometers west of Hong Kong Island.

Lantau Island is located at the mouth of the Pearl River. It is about 147 square kilometers large, twice the size of Hong Kong Island. Lantau Island is the largest island out of the 235 islands scattered around Hong Kong. Lantau is mostly made up of villages, with a small population.

The most popular attraction on the island is the Big Buddha, which is the largest in Asia, and the largest of its kind in the world. Most of the park is conservation and National Park land. There are wonderful hiking trails, places to lay down on the beach and wander around the picturesque fishing villages.

At the end of the 1990's, with Hong Kong going back under Chinese power, the modern Chek Lap Kok airport began operating here. Since then, underground tunnels and wonderful bridges have been built that connect Lantau to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.


#What is on the Island?

Among the popular sites on the island, you will find the village of Tai O, the Buddhist Po Lin Monastery, Tung Chung village and Silvermine Bay. Also, Mui Wo beach on the east side of the island is great, without almost any tourists coming there. There is wonderful nature, peaceful villages, organic farms, and old viewpoints from the beginning of the 20th century.

At the northwest corner of the island is the Hong Kong airport, and Disneyland Hong Kong, the successful Disney amusement park.

The most famous and successful attraction on the island is without a doubt the Big Buddha, in Po Lin Monastery, where many tourists and Buddhists come from around the world to see. It is 34 meters tall, and weighs close to a fourth of a ton, and is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world. At its footsteps is the Po Lin Monastery.



#Tips

Mui Wo on the east side of the island is a wonderful nature area with waterfalls, looks of green and water, small villages that are not commercialized. Worth the trip for nature lovers!



The Big Buddha:

https://youtu.be/oebopaol9zM



The Island's Nature Including Mui Wo:

https://youtu.be/NJeIM8c60eo
Disneyland Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong
#About Hong Kong's Kingdom of Fairytales and Legends

Disneyland Hong Kong is a popular amusement park, that opened in 2005 and is located on Lantau Island. The park cost $2 billion to build, and was built on 1,300 square meters that were dried from water.

As is Disney's trademark, Disneyland Hong Kong gives a feeling of a visit to a faraway fantasy land, that Walt Disney designed when he was still alive. Here in Hong Kong, there is also a section for Tomorrowland.

The amusement park here is small and modest compared to other typical parks. Families with small children can enjoy a great day here, like millions of visitors each year.


Disneyland Hong Kong belongs to the Disney Company, and its location in Hong Kong made it necessary for the park to embrace the culture around it. In order to avoid cultural resistance, like what happened in EuroDisney in Paris, characters were added from local stories and legends. The design of the park is in the Feng Shui essence, which is the distancing of bad spirits. While designing the park, the entrance was also moved, so as not to let the Ch'i escape the park.



#What Will You See Here?

You can meet Disney's favorite characters and enjoy attractions and fun rides. Everything here is themed with fairytales and Disney's fantasies, next to experiences from the future, and the Chinese culture.

From the entrance, you will be accompanied by Mickey Mouse to the known rides in the park. In addition, you can see here incredible parades of characters from Disney's stories, and from local Chinese legends.

The four main areas of the park are Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Main Street.

All the main areas in the park are; Main Street, the United States, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, and Toy Story Land.

Near the souvenir shops and restaurants in the park, you will find the Disney Resort, that includes hotels, entertainment centers, and different sportings facilities.


#Tips

Most of the attractions here are suited more and are meant for kids.

It is recommended to order tickets in advance, at discount prices and without waiting in line - for one, two, or three days.

Try coming here on a sunny day!

Arrive at the park by 10:00 am, with the park's opening. The place gets crowded very fast.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/0QEx9bRdJxo


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/yF0zs3JL58U
Tai O
Tai O
#About the Fisherman's Village with Stilt Houses

On the other side of Lantau Island, the side opposite from where the Buddha Statue is and Po Lin Temple, you will see a fishing village called Tai O. This fishing village was built hundreds of years ago, and has retained its individuality, laying on the outlet of a small stream, and wooden houses are standing on logs, between the flowing canals.

The people in the village float from house to house on boats. There is a fish and seafood restaurant in the village that is really good. Nearby there is also a nice market, where fresh and dried fish and seafood are sold.

The people of the village, from the Tanka tribe, are used to living on boats. When the houses began being built about 300 years ago, they wanted to remain near the water. This is what led the tribe to build houses on the logs on the water. Some houses are large and have two floors, while others are small and delicate. The reason for this is a fire back in 2000, that burned some of the houses, and this led locals to build smaller houses afterward.

Work, life, family - The crowded houses here symbolize the center of life for the local residents. Everything is done here, while the house itself is used for living, and also the processing and storage of marine produce. The village residents live, eat, cook, laugh and talk in front of the tourists walking by them in the houses. Many times they peak through the doors and onto the balconies that overlook the streets to see the tourists. Sometimes, seafood stands have been assembled and sold merchandise brought in from fishermen on the boats tied in front of the homes.




A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/eDd_HW0Lv7Y


A Visit:

https://youtu.be/v-H_4gRU8Xg


A View from Above

https://youtu.be/4UdjXEO2cNo
Tian Tan Buddha
Tian Tan Buddha
#About the Largest Buddha Statue in the World

The Great Buddha statue, or the exact name "Tian Tan Buddha," is located on Lantau Island. It is a huge bronze statue of Buddha, situated on a hilltop on the island. Until a few years ago the Buddha was the largest sitting Buddha in the world, and is today one of the largest Buddhas in the world.

The sculpture, which weighs about 250 tons, was built in China, with the contribution of believers from all over the world. The Buddha is shown sitting comfortably on the lotus leaves in the center of a three-story building.

From a religious point of view, Buddha Tian Tan symbolizes the harmonious interaction of the triangle of man, religion and nature.

The statue, completed in 1993, was erected near the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. Almost from the very first moment it has become a favorite tourist attraction, attracting tourists from around the world, mainly because of its impressive size and location.

The statue was moved to the island, broken into 102 parts. After being built here to a height of 34 meters, it has become one of the largest and most impressive of its kind.

The sight of the great Buddha statue is very impressive, but no less impressive is the view from it, when you look out over the huge forest surrounding the island.


#Tips

Ferry to the island - take a ferry from Pier 7 at the Outlying Islands pier in Central. From the pier on the island itself there is a bus to Buddha.

To the statue arrive many tourists from all over the world, arriving by bus or cable car and after climbing 268 steps.

Entrance to the Buddha statue is free.

Entrance to the exhibition under the Buddha has a small fee.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/oebopaol9zM


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/zHDdfc8AWLA

Lantau Island

Chek Lap Kok
Chek Lap Kok
#About Hong Kong's Airport

The Hong Kong airport, Chek Lap Kok, it is an impressive airport and super modern, considered the most active in southeast Asia. It was built on an artificial island specifically built near Lantau Island. The Chek Lap Kok airport was designed by a famous architect Norman Foster, the architect of a few famous buildings in the world.

The island airport is about 30 kilometers from the city. It is connected to Hong Kong with a suspension bridge that curves over the bay. 2,200 meters long, the bridge is one of the longest in the world, and the best looking. The drive is about 20 minutes between Chek Lap Kok airport to Hong Kong Island and the other way around- either by car or express train that crosses the bridge.



#Tips

To reach the city by the express train from the airport, ride to the Hong Kong station, the city's last stop, or towards the center of Kowloon, Hong Kong's downtown.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/0fGFB_5Hth0?t=35
Po Lin Monastery
Po Lin Monastery
#About the Modern Monastery with the Large Buddha

The Po Lin Buddhist Monastery is located in Ngong Ping Plateau, at the height of 518 meters.

The monastery includes the statue made of bronze, the largest in Asia, and among the largest Buddha statues in the world. It attracts many tourists on a regular basis.

The monastery, a large tourist destination, is on the foothills of the large Buddha statue. The monastery itself was established in 1906, and received its name in 1924, and opened for visitors in 1970.



#Tips

The entrance to the monastery and the statue is free.

Entrance to the exhibition under the Buddha has a small fee.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/yp4oBvjoVL0


A View from Above:

https://youtu.be/UHuj0P76g24


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