Day 6 - Hong Kong (B)
Departure with your guide by public transport (subway) from your hotel for Lantau Island. More precisely you’ll head to the subway station in new town of Tung Chung, from where you will take the Ngong Ping Cable Car for a 6km trip (taking 25 minutes),giving you a 360 degree view of the South China Sea, Tung Chung and the steep hills of Lantau national park.
Optionally: you can spice up your experience by electing to take the “crystal cabin”, which with its see-through bottom gives you a complete view of the surroundings! It is also possible to take a private cabin.
Arrival in the tourist village of Ngong Ping (we strongly advise against visiting) and ascent (238 steps) to the impressive, 34m tall Bronze Tian Tan Buddha Statue.
Visit to the over-100 year old Po Lin Monastery, one of the major Buddhist sanctuaries of Hong Kong, which for a long period was very difficult to access. You will then take the “Wisdom Path”, a wooded trail (taking 15 minutes) that will lead you to a cluster of 28 wooden headstones each measuring between eight and ten meters. On these are found “prayers” common to Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, all presented in works of calligraphy by the master Jao Tsung-I, and arranged in a “∞” shape, symbolizing infinity…
Route to Tai’O (7km away, taking less than 15 minutes by public bus that leaves from Ngong Ping), founded by the Tanka fishermen, a southern Chinese minority who, in another time, were considered to be “sea gypsies” but are now settled (of course some maintaining their fishing lifestyle), and partially assimilated into Han culture. The Tanka live above a mud-flat in houses on stilts constructed many generations ago, and which give Tai’O its own particular character. Next a walk, during which time you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in some Street Food, including local specialties (not included) such as dried fish and shrimp, shrimp pâté, and rice cakes. Visit to Kwan Tai temple (also called Kwan Yu), constructed in the 15th century (the oldest temple on Lantau) and dedicated to the world-famous War God of the same name. Meet with a local artist (Chinese landscape gardener, calligrapher or contemporary artist, depending on their availability).
Departure by public bus to Cheung Sha, which is divided in two parts (Upper and Lower), and at 3km long is one of the longest beaches in Hong Kong, and which is dotted with restaurants such as the famous “Stoep”. You’ll head by public bus towards Mui Wo to take the ferry and then subway in you stay in Hong-Kong island or back Tung Chung to take the subway to Hong-Kong island with your guide.
Note: You will have sometimes to queue for public buses on Lantau island – especially during week-ends. However we can arrange for the whole day trip.
Overnight in Hong-Kong
Distance and journey time:
Kowloon district – Lantau Island (approx. 30km): 30 min (by private car)
Hong-Kong Island - Lantau Island (approx. 35km): 40 min (by private car)