China // Hong Kong and Macau //


Mountainous Lantau is twice as big as Hong Kong Island but far less developed, despite the proximity of the International Airport just off the north coast. More than half is a designated country park and remains fairly wild, with trails linking monasteries, old fishing villages and secluded beaches. There are some major sights here, however, notably Hong Kong Disneyland on the northeast coast; the western fishing village of Tai O; and Po Lin Monastery, with its mighty Big Buddha and wonderful Ngong Ping 360 cable-car, a 5.7km ride that takes 25 minutes and provides fantastic panoramas of Lantau’s steep north coast.