Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, located West of Hong Kong Island and South West of the Kowloon Peninsular, and is part of the New Territories. Originally an island with fishing villages, it has been developed since the late 20th century with the construction of Tung Chung New Town on its north-western coast.
On Lantau, you can go from the beaches to theto a bar-restaurant in Discovery Bay all in the same day. For those who love getting out and being active, Lantau is the paradise you’ve been looking for, but it has loads to offer history buffs and culture vultures, too. Whether you want to hike to a sunset viewpoint or take a glass-bottomed gondola to the tallest seated Buddha in Hong Kong before going back down to a restaurant by the sea, Lantau has something for you.
Lantau Peak is the second-highest peak in Hong Kong and the highest point on Lantau Island, with a height of 934 meters (3,064 ft) above sea level. It is famous for the sunrise scenery viewed from the summit.
Lantau Peak is a prized spot for hardy hikers wanting to watch the sunrise. Spend the night in Ngong Ping and then set off at around 4 am for the 2-hour climb. Fear not, it’s absolutely worth the effort! The best time at the summit is between December and February when the skies are clearer. On a good day, it’s even possible to see Macau 65km to the west!
From Novotel Citygate, you can take bus 3M / 11 in Tung Chung Terminus to Pak Kung Au.
Still an unknown attraction for most travellers, the Hong Kong International Airport Maintenance Area is the ultimate place for photography buffs to take photos of endless sea views and constant airplanes. It’s especially magical during golden hour. Just remember to keep an eye on the clock, as it’s easy to lose all track of time in this mesmerising spot!
From Novotel Citygate, you can take bus S52 in Tung Chung Terminus to Airport Maintenance Area (Around 15 mins).
Walk down Kat Hing Back Street and turn right to arrive at Yeung Hau Temple. You would walk past Kau San Tei Lookout Pavilion, where you can observe the view before setting off for your hike. Walkthrough the small green gate and then up the stairsteps to Fu Shan.
The hiking trail to Fu Shan will delight you with expansive seascapes. Standing in the middle of the hiking trail, you can see two vastly different views. The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is on one side, and planes are either taking off or landing at the Hong Kong International Airport. On the other side, you can see the bay of Tai O, which is filled with the nostalgia of an age-old fishing village. Walk all the way up to reach the Fu Shan Pavilion. This is a hotspot for checking in and taking pictures, as you will be surrounded by beautiful views in all directions. You can take stunning pictures from every angle. Do stay for sunset and feel the warmth of the setting sun.
From Novotel Citygate, you can take bus 11 in Tung Chung Terminus to Tai O (Around 1hr).
Located on the southern part of Lantau Island, Cheung Sha is one of the longest beaches in Hong Kong (3 km). You can try your hand at water sports like kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboarding here. Cheung Sha is popular with day-trippers and will fill up on weekends and holidays, so get down early to claim the best spot on the sand.
From Novotel Citygate, you can hop on the 11 or 23 bus in Tung Chung Terminus to Pui O (Around 25 mins)
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