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Lantau Explorer Tour

Savour breathtaking views, take high-flying rides, and cruise the waters of Hong Kong on this full-day tour to Lantau Island's most well known and intriguing spots. Lantau Island has some of Hong Kong’s biggest and best sights. Discover more about the mighty Big Buddha, get in touch with amazing views from the Ngong Ping Cable Car, feel the thrills and spills of the Avenue of Stars and Tai O Fishing village. Enjoy all inclusive round trip hotel transfer, a private guide and driver and create brag worthy memories.

Tour Code :
A0135
Duration :
1 days
Destinations :
Hongkong
Departure date :
Everyday
Tour Type :
Private Tour
From $173
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    Day 1 Hongkong           

    Hongkong: Lantau Island-the Avenue of Stars-Po Lin Monastery-Tai O Fishing Village-Ngong Ping Village  

    The tour guide and driver will pick you up very early in the morning from the hotel then start you off at the stunning coastline of Lantau Island; almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island. With the development of Ngong Ping Cable Car and Ngong Ping Village, the island has become a hot spot in Hong Kong. Make a stop at the Avenue of Stars and see handprints of celebrities, stalls with souvenirs, sculptures of full sized movie stars like Bruce Lee with a combination of stunning views of the Victoria Harbour and Hongkong Island's skyscrapers. 

    ( Note:  During Avenue of Stars decorated, we will use Wenwu Temple or Antique Row replace it.)

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      Avenue of stars

    Stop over and taste one of the best traditional flavors of China's vegeterian cuisine before moving on to the Po Lin Monastery also known as the "Buddhist Kingdom in the South" and take in fascinating views of the giant Buddha perched above a serene monastery. Afterwards, move to the Tai O Fishing Village; also known as the " Venice of the East " an escape from the bustle of Hong Kong and cruise the waterways lined with the village's stilt houses on the waterfront offering a glimpse into Hong Kong's past and providing a striking contrast with the modern city.

    This will then be followed by taking a leisure walk in the Ngong Ping Village where all the building are architecturally designed to reflect and maintain the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. Take a bird's eye view of the boundless sea in the new Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin equipped with a glass bottom then at last shut down the tour by visiting the TSL jewellery factory followed by hotel drop off.

Person(s)/$ 1 2-5 6-9 ≥10
Price per person

Inclusions

    1.Air-conditioned vehicle

    2.English speaking tour guide

    3.Round-trip Ngong Ping Cable Car tickets

    4.Vegetarian lunch 

    5.Admission entry to the Museum

    6.Boat ride around the stilts house.


    Note; If the Cable Car is cancelled due to inclement weather or any other safety reasons, alternative transportation will be arranged.

Exclusions

    1. Tips to the guide and driver

    2. Personal expenses.

    3. Hotel (We can book hotel for you according to your request)

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    Lantau Island

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      Lantau is the largest of Hong Kong’s islands and is almost double the size of Hong Kong Island itself. It is located 10km west of Hong Kong Island and is about 25km in length. Since 1997 when the Lantau Link was completed to serve Hong Kong International Airport on the flattened island of Chek Lap Kok, it has been connected to Kowloon and the New Territories by a series of bridges, roads and railway. Although considerable development has taken place along a narrow strip of the northern side of the island around the route of the Lantau Link with the construction of Hong Kong Disneyland, the private residential development of Discovery Bay and Tung Chung New Town, most of the island remains largely rural and unspoiled. The island is dominated by dramatic hills and peaks and spectacular scenery, picturesque coastline with some excellent beaches, temples, monasteries, traditional fishing villages and wonderful hiking trails. The population of Lantau is just over 105,000 (2011 census) but almost 85% of this is concentrated in the newly developed and fast growing towns of Tung Chung and Discovery Bay in North Lantau.

      Many visitors to Hong Kong are surprised to learn how big the territory is and that so much of it is sparsely inhabited. Hong Kong isn't just a big city. People are surprised to find some of Asia's best empty beaches, theme parks, resorts, and hiking places. Lantau Island is Hong Hong's biggest island. It is about twice the size of Hong Kong Island. While much of Hong Kong Island is densely populated, Lantau Island is mostly natural parkland with a big Disneyland theme park, the big Hong Kong International Airport that serves the whole region, resorts and small tourist attractions. There are a lot of hiking trails including trails going up to Lantau Peak and Sunset Peak that are the second and third highest mountains in Hong Kong. There are also quiet seashore areas and beaches that you can hike along. This combination of modern tourist facilities in a setting of parkland, beaches and hiking trails is rare in East Asia. Transportation to Lantau Island is now quick and easy from the city of Hong Kong since two Hong Kong MTR metro lines and the very big Tsing Ma Bridge now connect the island to the urban center.

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    Lantau Island

      Hong Kong has several wonderful aspects. One of the several wonderful things about Hong Kong is the sparsely populated country areas and shorelines. Another wonderful thing is the modern transportation facilities. A third wonderful thing is the modern skyline that is the highest of any urban skyline in the world that fits well with the natural environment around Victoria Harbor and that is lit-up in a sound and light show called the Symphony of Light. Lantau has two of these three characteristics. Though high rises have gone up in Discovery Bay that is an expat enclave and around the airport, most of the island is sparsely populated. Only about 60,000 people live on it compared to 1.4 million people who inhabit Hong Kong Island. Lantau Island is mostly undeveloped natural park area. So it is a wonderful place to go to escape from the urban crowds of Hong Kong. The popular sites are the Hong Kong Disneyland that opened in 2005 and the Ngong Ping Tian Tan Buddha and the associated Po Lin Monastery. Another popular tourist site is Tai O with its quaint houses over the water and small tourist attractions. These are places that residents from Hong Kong and the surrounding region go to for recreation or religion. Discovery Bay is a residential area popular among foreigners. The natural recreation attractions include Sunset Peak and Lantau Peak with their hiking trails, a grassy plateau on the island where people can hike, the 73 kilometer-long (45 mile-long) Lantau Trail and several beaches including the two kilometer-long Chueng Sha Beach.

      Lantau Island has excellent transportation facilities. For international travelers wanting to visit Lantau Island, Hong Kong International Airport that is on it is often considered the best in the world. It is the world's 13th busiest airport. It is the gateway to Hong Kong that is the gateway to the whole region. In order to give access to Lantau Island when they were building Hong Kong's airport, the Hong Kong government built the Tsing Ma Bridge. The bridge is the world's seventh longest suspension bridge, and it is the longest suspension bridge that is able to handle trains. It was an architectural achievement, and it is a part of the Hong Kong International Airport construction project that is considered one of the world's ten greatest construction projects completed during the 20th century. Once the bridge was completed in 1997, three MTR lines opened that go to the airport, the Asia World Expo convention center, Disneyland, and Tung Chung. The Tung Chung station has a tram to Ngong Ping and the Po Lin Monastery.

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    Lantau Island


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    Avenue of stars

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      The Avenue of Stars, modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry.In 1982, the New World Group built a promenade along the waterfront around the New World Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui East,Kowloon. In 2003, the Group announced it would spend HK$40 million to build the Avenue of Stars, a project supported by the Hong Kong Tourism Board,Tourism Commission, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong Government and the Hong Kong Film Awards Association.Bruce Lee statue in Hong KongThe avenue was open to the general public on 28 April 2004 with an opening ceremony held the previous day, 27 April 2004. The opening ceremony was presided over by a number of government and industry figures, including Henry Tang (Financial Secretary),Stephen Ip(Secretary for Economic Development and Labour),Patrick Ho(Secretary of Home Affairs),Selina Chow(Chair of Hong Kong Tourism Board),Manfred Wong(Director/Actor), and Cheng Yu Tung (Chair of New World Group); in which the privately funded avenue was handed over to the Hong Kong SAR government as public property. At opening, the avenue honours an initial 73 inductees elected by the Hong Kong Film Awards Association and the readers of City Entertainment.After having managed the avenue for 11 years, its contract is due to expire. It was announced in August 2015 that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the Hong Kong government would redevelop and expand the avenue jointly with the company.The Hong Kong government declared that the enhancement project would contain limited commercial appeal, and no luxury shops or high-end restaurants would be added.The walkway, very popular with tourists, is to be closed off for three years while the expansion is undertaken.

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    Avenue of stars

      The Avenue of Stars is the eastern node of several tourist attractions along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. In addition to the promenade and New World Centre, a number of attractions exist including the Museum of Art,Space Museum,Cultural Centre and the Clock Tower.Entering from Salisbury Garden, a 4.5-metre-tall replica of the statuette given to winners at the Hong Kong Film Awards greets visitors. Along the 440-metre promenade, the story of Hong Kong's one hundred years of cinematic history is told through inscriptions printed on nine red pillars.Set into the promenade are plaques honouring the celebrities. Some plaques contain hand prints and autographs of the stars set in cement, but most of the plaques only contain celebrities' names as they are now deceased. A 2.5-metre bronze statue of Bruce Lee was erected along the Avenue of Stars in 2005.The promenade commands a stunning panoramic view across Victoria Harbour. At night it is a popular viewing place for the Symphony of Lights display. It is a good place to go to see the glamorous stars of HK.

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    Tai O Fishing Village

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      Tai O Fishing Village lies on west Lantau Island in the New Territories and is the most famous fishing village in HK. Tai O Fishing Village is famous for rivers, shacks above water, ancient temples and various seafood. Tai O Fishing Village built on water is repute as the "Venice of Hong Kong". Different from the busy life in Hong Kong Island, the life in Tai O Fishing Village seems simpler and more relaxing.

      Tai O Fishing Village is an old fishing village. Tai O Fishing Village is famous for producing salt in Hong Kong with one hundred years. Because the salt market has declined, Many Mangroves were planted instead. Nowadays,Tai O Fishing Village is famous for the beautiful view of mangroves.

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      From the 1920s to the 1940s, the war period in Mainland China, many refugees from the mainland escaped to Tai O Fishing Village. Due to a great fire on July 2nd, 2000, the Hong Kong government worked hard to restore the fishing village to its origin. In December, 2006, the Tai O was listed as one of the top ten landscapes in Hong Kong. The life in old way and the beautiful environment are both ideal for tourists domestically and internationally.

      Shacks built by the riverside is one key attraction of Tai O Fishing Village. The shacks are connected by numerous wooden passages, corridors and small bridges. Only by passing through different corridors, the residents in the shacks can reach the streets on the bank. The shacks are supported by many wooden piles with a height of 10 feet (3 meters)covering with wooden flooring. There is a wooden stairway leading down to the water. People can fetch water, wash clothes, or get on a boat from the stair way.

      There are many ancient temples in Tai O Fishing Village. The Temple of General Guan Yu is on the central square. The temple was constructed during the Ming Dynasty <https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/ming.htm> (1368-1644), and has been renovated several times. There are many other temples including the Temple of Heavenly Queen, and Yeung Hau Temple.

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      The Dragon Boat Race was held every year during the Dragon Boat Festival and very interesting and popular. There is a legend regarding this festival. There was a terrible plague broke out in the town hundreds of years ago. The gods in temples sent out small boats fixed with dragon boat. Local fishermen drove these boats and toured around the rivers for chasing the plague away. The plague soon end and the custom has been handed down since then. Every year during the Dragon Boat Festival, people hold ceremonies for praying the happiness and safety.

      There are many delicious seafood too including salted fish, salted egg yolks, fish maws, fried shrimp, crab and squid, steamed fish with strips of ginger, ginger milk curd, rice with chicken and shrimp paste.

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    Po Lin Monastery

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      The Po Lin Monastery is located in Ngong Ping on Lantau Island  in Hong Kong with an altitude of 400 inches. Polin Monastery were surrounded by mountains with a beautiful view. Mountain Phoenix to the south of temple is the ideal place for viewing the sun-raise. The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu Province from mainland China and was initially known simply as "The Big Hut". It was renamed to its present name in 1924. Po Lin Monastery had a history of over 70 years, but the temple is very large with beautiful view, and reputed as the “Buddhist country of the southern China”. Po Lin Monastery was regarded as the first of four temples in HK. There is a Trikalea Buddhas in the main Hall. The Trikalea Buddhas represents the past, the present and the future. There is one playground in front of the temple, in the middle of the playground stands a three-layer altar similar to the the Circular Altar in Temple of Heaven.The three-layer altar faces the Giant Buddha in Temple of Heaven on the mountain opposite systematically.

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      The Monastery includes the Great Hall of Treasure, the Maitreya Hall, the Hall of Ti-tsang Bodhisattva, the Weituo Hall, the Banruo Hall, the Sutra-Collection Hall and other impressive structures. In the Hall of Ti-tsang Bodhisattva there stands a bronze statue of Ti-tsang Bodhisattva, which weighs approximately 200 kilograms (441 pounds). There is also a 1,000 kilogram bronze bell.

      Located on the peak of the Muyu Mountain, the Tian Tan Big Buddha is perhaps the most famous. It depicts Sakyamuni who sits on a lotus pedestal in meditation position. Covering an area of about 2,339 square meters (2,797 square yards), the Buddha, with its pedestal, is about 34 meters (112 feet) high. The pedestal includes a three-storied exhibition Hall. It includes the Gongde Hall, the Fajie Hall, and the Sakyamuni Memorial Hall.

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      The Buddhist Relics Exhibition is held regularly in the Po Lin Monastery. Many precious Buddhist relics, including the Longcang Sutra and the Monk Huayan Preaching Buddhist Sutras (a painting) are displayed there. Buddhist disciples from all over the world visit.
      The Ngong Ping 360  consisting of the Ngong Ping  village and a gondola lift  running between Tung Chung and Ngong Ping, was built near to the Po Lin Monastery. The monastery is famous for many prominent architectural structures, such as the Main Shrine Hall of Buddha, the Hall of Bodhisattva Skanda. This monastery is also noted for making wooden bracelets that are only sold near the Tian Tan Buddha statue.
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    Ngong Ping Village

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      Ngong Ping is a highland in the western part of Lantau Island  Hong Kong  There are Po Lin Monastery and 34-m tall Tian Tan Buddha in the hills. It is now the terminal stop of the cable car ride Ngong Ping 360 which travels to Tung Chung . There are new facilities and tourist attractions opened including the Ngong Ping Village,walking with the Buddha, the Monkey's Tale Theater and Ngong Ping Tea House.

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      There was originally only Po Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping and quite peaceful. But with the Tian Tan Big Buddha, the biggest bronze sitting Buddha was completed in 1993, since then, there are more and more visitors. Because there are too many visitors, the MTR Corporation had run a cable car completed in August 2005. A theme village was built at Ngong Ping along a 'tourist corridor'. There are 6,000 square meters of shopping space and an 18,600-square-metre piazza between the cable car terminal and the Po Lin Monastery. A 5.5km cable car line link it to Tung Chung Station,in the vicinity of Hong Kong International Airport.

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      Sitting in the cable car Ngong Ping 360 in 25 minutes, visitors can have a panoramic view on the southern sea, parks nearby, downtown areas and adjacent mountains. including HK international airport, the Tian Tan Big Buddha and Ngong Ping. When the cable car Ngong Ping 360 arrives terminal, visitors can see the Tian Tan Big Buddha in the near distance. By walking, visitors can enter Ngong Ping Village and only takes 5 minutes for arriving Tian Tan Big Buddha.

      Ngong Ping Village is near the cable car Ngong Ping 360  terminal and the Tian Tan Big Buddha. Ngong Ping Village covers an area over 1.5 acres. The building and landscape fully feature the culture and spiritual ambiance of Ngong Ping. There are many shops, entertainments and restaurants in the village. There are many performances too including Chinese Kongfu, acrobatics and so on. There are Buddhas which you can seek blessing from.

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