Lantau is the largest outlying island in Hong Kong. The population is concentrated in towns like Mui Wo, Tai O and Tung Chung. Sandy beaches with holiday resorts and campsites dot the southern coast, while up north is Chek Lap Kok – the home of Hong Kong's International Airport. Mui Wo, also named Silvermine Bay, is located at eastern Lantau and it was also known as Mui Wo because the shape of the land resembles the five petals of the plum blossom.
Mui Wo is a place with a variety of natural scenery and historical buildings, suitable for visits with friends and family. Most of the areas on Lantau are filled with lush landscape, rolling hills, virtually virgin peaks, sandy beaches and many picturesque trails specially cut out for Sunday and holiday hikers.
Visitors can reach Mui Wo from Central pier by taking First Ferry’s ordinary ferry which takes only 60 minutes or fast ferry in 40 minutes.
Map of Lautau Island
- Po Lin Monastery and Giant Buddha
- Silvermine Bay
- Lantau Peak
- Tung Chung Fort
- Cheung Sha
- Tai O
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- The Wisdom Path
- Ngong Ping 360
- Hong Kong Olympic Trail
Po Lin Monastery and Giant Buddha
In 1920, Po Lin Monastery was built on the Ngong Ping highland, beginning with only a shrine that was dedicated to Buddha. Later on the monastery expanded into bigger halls and followed with a temple complex. In 1993, the world’s largest outdoor bronze Buddha Statue was built next to the monastery. The majestic outdoor bronze Buddha, with height of 34 meters and weighs 250 tonnes was completed and blessed in 1993. It is the world's largest outdoor Buddha statue and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Hong Kong. The Buddha is situated in the Po Lin Monastery, a haven of peace and tranquility for meditation and contemplation. Vegetarian food is also served at the monastery. The two most important Monastery collections, namely the classic Buddhist scriptures and the Buddhist Relics, can also be found there.
Silvermine BayThe name of Silvermine Bay came from its history of silver mine on the island. It only takes a few minutes from Mui Wo Pier to reach there and travellers can enjoy cycling and soak in the beautiful views of the beach. The Silvermine Cave and Silvermine Waterfall can still be found in the nearby Silvermine Park. Slivermine Cave, with seven meters in width and 10 meters in depth, had been a place of silver production some hundred years ago. Though the production had been idled, the track for silver excavation, with little stalactite, can still be found there.
Lantau Peak, the second highest peak in Hong Kong (934 meters), is only 23 meters lower than Hong Kong’s highest peak -Tai Mo Shan (957 meters), but in Lantau Island, it is the highest peak. People can reach the Lantau Peak by starting the hike from the Giant Buddha. Greenery scenes are along the trail and one can enjoy the spectacular views of sunrise on the peak.
Tung Chung FortTung Chung Fort was built in the early 19th Century as part of a short-lived attempt to suppress the opium trade and defend the coastal area from pirates. Till now, six old Qing Dynasty cannons still stand on the ramparts. In 1979, the fort was declared a national monument.
Cheung Sha is one of the most popular beaches along the southern coast of Lantau. Tourists can easily reach the beach by buses from Mui Wo Pier. Campsites and accommodations nearby the beach are also available.
It takes around 45 minutes to travel from Mui Wo Pier to Tai O. A reminiscent of the old Hong Kong, Tai O gives tourists the impression of a traditional fishing village lined with waterways, stilt houses, sampans and timeless heritage and culture.
The village industry used to depend on salt pans for their livelihood. Although that has become history, some of the salt pans are still around today. Villagers now turn to the sea for a livelihood, salting their catches and making shrimp paste, which has become a famous local produce.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland, one of the largest theme parks in Hong Kong, comprises unique sightseeing spots, theme hotels, shopping, food and beverage and entertainment facilities.
The Wisdom Path
The Wisdom Path is an outdoor wooden replica of the centuries-old Heart Sutra revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists. It has been erected in the form of the symbol for infinity ( ∞ ) which represents immeasurable splendour and the concept of nothingness.
Ngong Ping 360
Ngong Ping 360 provides a visually spectacular 5.7km cable car journey, travelling between Tung Chung Town Centre and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island. Guests can enjoy panoramic views as well as visit the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village.
Hong Kong Olympic Trail
"Hong Kong Olympic Trail" is about 5.6km with its highest point at Mong To Au (277 metres) and the starting point at Pak Mong. The trail passes through Silver Mine Cave, Pak Ngan Heung Man Mo Temple and ends at Mui Wo Pier. Set off at Tung Chung and it will take about 2 hours to complete the whole journey. At the starting point of the trail, five trees were planted to represent the "Olympic Rings". A total of 11 Olympic competition layouts were erected along the trail. Other scenic spots include the historic fortress building ("Diaolou"), Pak Mong Sword Testing Rock, Silver Mine Cave and the waterfall. Visitors may also try the various delectable cuisines lined beside the Mui Wo pier.
Po Lin Monastery: Festival of Bathing Buddha
The Festival of Bathing Buddha is the biggest religious activity. The events include the dragon and lion dances as well as singing of religious songs while worshippers proceed there to seek for peace and to purify their minds.
Hung Shing Festival
On the 13th day of February according to Lunar calendar, the Hung Shing Festival is held to commemorate the birthday of Hung Shing Tai Wong. Hung Shing Tai Wong, named Hung Hei, was the governor of Panyu during the Tang dynasty. He helped many merchants and fishermen when he was a government official, and so to acknowledge his dedication, the fishermen built temples to worship him.