Lantau Island Small-Group Full-Day Tour With Big Buddha & Tai O Village


Visit some of Lantau Island’s most intriguing spots on a one-day tour. Ride the cable car up to the Big Buddha, then head over to Tai O to see a Taoist temple and the famous shrimp sauce factories. Stop for lunch at a UNESCO site, and see the stilt houses built on the water.


  • Ride the Ngong Ping Cable Car up to the Tian Tan Big Buddha
  • Stop at a UNESCO-recognized site in the village of Tai O for lunch
  • Learn about Taoism as you visit a temple from the 1400s
  • Take a boat ride to see the stilt houses of Tai O up close
  • Learn about Taoism as you visit a temple from the 1400s

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Important Information

• Please arrive 5–10 minutes early to ensure on-time departure; cable car tickets are pre-booked, so the guide cannot wait for late arrivals • This tour requires 3–9 participants; if we don't reach the minimum we will inform you in advance, to refund or reschedule • This tour is not wheelchair-accessible nor suitable for those with mobility issues • Infants must sit on laps • Participants must be able to walk 5–8 miles (8–12 km) at a reasonable pace • The walking is mostly at a slow pace over flat terrain, but be prepared for a 3km stretch that will have no rests, and to climb 268 steps if you wish to see the Big Buddha up close • You may opt to skip the walk to the lookout point for the Macau Bridge, about 4 km, but this is a group tour, so apart from that you will need to follow the full course without modification • Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated


Take a guided tour of Lantau with us, and visit the awe-inspiring Big Buddha and the wonderfully quaint stilt village of Tai O. This island is often referred to as the “Lungs of Hong Kong,” because it is so green and undeveloped. The tour includes a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car, a boat ride through Tai O village, and lunch at the UNESCO-recognised Tai O Heritage Hotel — originally established as a police station in 1902 to combat pirates prevalent in the neighboring waters. Our small-group Lantau tours last approximately 7 hours. With a maximum of 5 guests per tour, these are a far cry from the coach tours that come here. You can look forward to a personal and insightful experience. We start the day early to beat the crowds, meeting at Tung Chung MTR Station. Kick off the tour with a 25-minute ride on the Nong Ping Cable Car, as you take in sights of Hong Kong’s largest islands. Our ride concludes at the Tian Tan Buddha, also known simply as the “Big Buddha.” Here you can learn a bit about Buddhism, climb the 268 steps to the top, and visit Po Lin Monastery and the Hall of 10,000 Buddhas. Next, we’ll take a 20-minute bus ride to the village of Tai O. Here, we visit two of the last remaining shrimp sauce production factories in the village, and a Taoist temple. For lunch, we’ll stop at the Tai O Heritage Hotel. Formerly the police station that guarded against smugglers and pirates, the historic building is now a boutique hotel and social enterprise given the Award of Merit by UNESCO in 2013. Lastly at Tai O, we’ll hop aboard a cruise properly check out the distinctive stilted houses built right on the water. After seeing the best sights of Tai O, it’s time to jump on another bus and head back to Tung Chung MTR station where the tour concludes.

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