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Lantau Island

Poised at the mouth of the Pearl River, Lantau Island is a mountainous patch of land filled with an array of captivating attractions, both natural and man-made. Lantau was first inhabited millennia ago, and scattered around the island are an array of archaeological discoveries attesting to the island’s storied past, including rock carvings dating back to the Bronze Age. The island’s exhilarating Ngong Ping 360 sky-rail ride offers the perfect way to sour into Lantau Island. The 25-minute cable car ride offers you a bird’s eye view of the island’s beautiful coastline and verdant mountains. However, the main attraction on the island beyond a doubt is Po Lin Monastery, which houses the enormous bronze (26 meter tall) Tian Tian Buddha statue, known more colloquially as the “Giant Buddha”. The Giant Buddha unwaveringly gazes north, towering over the surrounding meditation halls and abbot chambers as he draws in Buddhist pilgrims from all across Asia. Po Lin Monastery is only a short walk away from Ngong Ping Village, where the Ngong Ping 360 sky-rail drops you off, and although the island is twice the size of Hong Kong, it is home to a fraction of the population, giving you the perfect opportunity to stretch out and regain a sense of calm.

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