Lantau Island          大 嶼 山
The largest island in Hong Kong, Lantau Island is almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island, and consists primarily of mountainous terrain. The
mountains includes Hong Kong's second and third tallest mountain peaks - Lantau Peak (934m) and Sunset Peak (869 m).

Originally the site of small fishing villages, the island has been developed in recent years with the construction of Tung Chung New Town on its
north-western coast and the completion of several major infrastructure projects, including the Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
Disneyland and the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car.

Most of Lantau is protected by the North and South Lantau Country Parks and as Lantau is one of the largest relatively undeveloped areas of Hong
Kong, it is an important ecological, recreational, historic, and scenic resource. Some important areas are:

- The two richest streams in Hong Kong, the Tai Ho Stream and the Tung Chung Stream. These yielded 47 and 23 fish species, respectively, with a
combined total of 57, or half of Hong Kong's freshwater fish species.
- Several wetlands with rich diversity of bird and amphibian life. Mui Wo, Tai O, Pui O, and Shui Hau wetlands are all abandoned agricultural land,
but being flat and accessible they are under threat of development.
- Large and mature forests home to a rich diversity of species, including rare orchids, snakes, bats, and dragonflies.
- A marine park north of Lantau designated to protect the Chinese White Dolphin.
- Many hiking trails crisscross Lantau, including the challenging 70 km Lantau Trail. Lantau scenery is varied and trails include mountain ridge
walks, coastal and forest walks.
- Beaches, including Hong Kong’s longest the Cheung Sha Upper Beach. It is consistently rated good water quality, accessible by road, and rarely
crowded. There are many other fine beaches, not all of them gazetted, along Lantau's southern shore.
- The village of Tai O. Once a major centre of salt production, fishing and trade, it still retains traces of its long history, from salt pans to stilted
houses.
Tung Chung on Lantau Island as it was before the construction of the new International airport at Chek Lap Kok
 
Dinghies near old Tung Chung on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Just a few minutes from the ferry pier in Mui Wo you come to this superb beach.
Ma Wan Chung
or Old Tung Chung, Lantau Island
  Dinghies near old Tung Chung
Lantau Island
  Silvermine Bay Beach
Mui Wo, Lantau Island
Row of old farmhouses on the way to San Tau Village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Shrine at entrance to San Tau Village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Orchard and vegetable farm in San Tau Village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Tung Chung
Lantau Island
  Shrine at entrance to San Tau village
Lantau Island
  San Tau Village
Lantau Island
Ho Family Ancestral Hall, San Tau Village, Lantau Island Hong Kong
 
The now abandonned village school in San Tau, Lantau Island Hong Kong
 
Tse Family Ancestral Hall, San Tau Village, Lantau Island Hong Kong
Ho Family Ancestral Hall,
San Tau Village, Lantau Island
  San Tau Village School
Lantau Island
  Tse Family Ancestral Hall,
San Tau Village, Lantau Island
Door god posters on old house in San Tau Village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Traditional house in San Tau village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Courtyard detail from abandonned house in San Tau Village on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
San Tau Village
Lantau Island
  San Tau Village
Lantau Island
  San Tau Village
Lantau Island
Elderly lady looking for mussels near Chi Ma Wan peninsula, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
The trails around the Chi Ma Wan peninsula offer great views over the islands of the South China Sea...
 
Feral buffalo roam the abandonned rice and vegetable fields near Pui O on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Chi Ma Wan
Lantau Island
  Chi Ma Wan Peninsula
View towards Cheung Chau island
  Water Buffaloes
Pui O, Lantau Island
Man Mo Temple, Pui O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
 
A quiet moment on the banks of the River Silver at Mui Wo on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
Heavily loaden tricycle at Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. With no proper welfare system, many elderly Hong Kong people rely on recycling old paper, plastic bottles and aluminium cans to for survival.
Man Mo Temple
Mui Wo, Lantau Island
  River Silver
Mui Wo, Lantau Island
  Recycler's Tricycle
Mui Wo, Lantau Island
Sung Dynasty Watch Tower on the banks of the River Silver, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
 
The Big Buddha Statue at Ngong Ping seen from unusual angles
 
Trappist Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Watch Tower
Mui Wo, Lantau Island
  Big Buddha Statue
Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
  Trappist Monastery
Lantau Island
Lantau Peak as seen from the slopes of Sunset Peak, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
The Fan Lau peninsula viewed from Fan Lau Teng, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 
The fabulous beach at Cheung Sha Lower Village also offers great restaurants...
Lantau Peak
as seen from the slopes of Sunset Peak
  Fan Lau Peninsula
as seen from
Fan Lau Teng
  Cheung Sha Lower Beach
Lantau Island
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