There are so many things that are special about living on Lantau. We have compiled a list of 50 reasons why we love life on Lantau.
1. Open spaces
Forget the concrete jungle. In Lantau, we are surrounded by lush greenery, mountains, beaches and open spaces.
2. Love Thy Neighbour
With its small-town feel and close-knit communities, Lantau offers a real sense of friendliness and community amongst its residents.
3. The great outdoors
Take full advantage of the open outdoor spaces, perfect for the many sports and activities on offer around the island, such as hiking, running, golfing and a large variety of watersports.
Enjoy the great outdoors in Lantau with many conveniently-located campsites. Popular sites include Pui O and Nam Shan campsites. For the ultimate ‘glamping’ experience, rent a teepee for the night at Palm Beach.
5. Cleaner air
Enjoy less pollution and fresher, cleaner air.
6. Life’s a beach
Grab a beer at one of the beachside cafes along the South Lantau coast, and enjoy a beautiful sunset.
7. Fire up the barbie
Fancy a barbecue on the beach? Take your coal, sausages, burgers and marshmallows and cook up a feast at one of Lantau’s many BBQ sites.
8. Hello, buffalo
Stroll through the fields of Pui O to see Lantau’s native water buffalo roaming. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see them strolling along the beach.
9. Fun for the kiddos
Lantau has a large number of playgrounds for the little people in our lives, so there is no shortage of ways to let them burn off some energy, and have some fun at the same time.
10. Man’s best friend
Thousands of pooches call Lantau home, and enjoy the many dog parks and walking tracks around the island.
11. Lantau Trail
For those who love hiking, this 70km trail, split into 12 sections, makes for a perfect weekend outing. Go on, challenge yourself!
12. Dine alfresco
Surrounded by palm trees and overlooking the beach, Discovery Bay’s D’Deck offers a range of superb alfresco dining options. You can even watch the fireworks at Disneyland while you enjoy your meal.
13. Fit and fabulous
From specialised fitness centres to outdoor fitness classes, cycle paths to mountain hikes, the options are endless for Lantau-ers to keep fit and healthy.
14. Stay in a Hong Kong historic building
Spend the night in the restored Tai O Police Station, built in 1902 to guard the shore against pirates, now a luxury boutique hotel. Access to the hotel is by speedboat – how very James Bond!
15. Chinese White Dolphins
Take a boat tour to learn more about our beautiful and critically endangered Chinese White Dolphins, also known as ‘pink dolphins’.
16. International schools
Being home to many expats, Lantau Island offers international schooling options, from kindergarten through to secondary.
17. Bigger living spaces
Compared to many other parts of Hong Kong, Lantau housing options offer much larger living areas and better value for money.
18. Dinner at the beach
Sitting under the stars, listening to the waves while enjoying some great food is a perfect way to spend an evening. Lower Cheung Sha beach is home to lots of great dining options.
19. Time out
Everyone loves to be pampered. From full service spas to a quick post-hike massage, Lantau offers plenty of options for a relaxing escape.
20. Mickey and the gang
The happiest place on earth is just a short bus or train ride away. The kids (and big kids) will have a great day seeing Mickey and his friends, enjoying the rides and watching the fireworks light up the sky.
21. A bicycle built for four
Pedal your way around Hong Kong’s largest man-made lake, take to the water in the pedal-boats or just sit and enjoy the peacefulness at Inspiration Lake.
22. 360° views
Enjoy stunning views over North Lantau and Hong Kong International Airport as you glide up the hills from Tung Chung on the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. For a little extra, you can get a crystal cabin, with a glass-bottom, so you can watch the views below you as well.
23. Ahoy, me hearties!
What better venue for your function than The Bounty, DB’s very own 60-passenger full-sized replica of the 18th century European HMAV Bounty tall ship. Oh buoy!
24. Shek Pik Reservoir
Located in South Lantau Country Park, this tranquil and picturesque lake takes you far away from the hustle and bustle. The best views are found from Ngong Ping Plateau.
25. Ready for take-off
Hong Kong is surrounded by some great holiday destinations. Living so close to the airport makes it easy to take off for a quick weekend getaway.
26. Lantau Country Park
Divided into North and South, Lantau Country Park is the largest in Hong Kong, and offers spectacular scenic trails for hikers.
Among the many monasteries on Lantau Island, Po Lin and Trappist Haven monasteries are popular spots to experience some culture, history and tradition.
28. Dragon boating
Taking place in several locations around Lantau, including Discovery Bay, Mui Wo and Tai O, the dragon boat festival is a popular event for both watching and taking part in.
29. Tung Chung Fort
Built in the early 19th century to defend amongst smugglers and pirates, this old fort still has six old canons along its north wall.
30. Golf buggies
Discovery Bay’s unique transportation system sees golf buggies trundling along the streets. If you’re thinking of buying one, think again. There are only a limited number available, which means a rather hefty price tag.
Lantau houses some of the most beautiful, ornately decorated temples in Hong Kong. Look out for them, dotted around the island.
32. Silvermine Waterfall
One of Hong Kong’s most easily reached waterfalls, Silvermine Waterfall in Mui Wo is a beautiful sight and a refreshing place to cool off during one of the many hikes in the area.
Discovery Bay Golf Course is one of the biggest in Hong Kong and, sitting high on the hills, it is also one of the most scenic.
34. Ngong Ping Village
This unique village offers themed entertainment and tourist attractions. Fun to wander through on your way to visit the Big Buddha – the largest, seated, outdoor bronze Buddha statue in the world.
35. Houses on stilts
Wandering through the narrow streets of Tai O, one gets a small peek into some fascinating history. The stilt houses and local delicacies attract thousands of visitors keen to visit a traditional fishing village.
36. Dash for a beer
Ever had the urge to run and drink beer, at the same time? The Lantau International Beer Dash, a 5-kilometre “race”, sees participants drink a beer at every one of the five checkpoints along the way to the finish line. Running is not compulsory, but dressing up is, so this event sees all kinds of hilarious costumes.
37. Mountain biking
Mountain bikers love Lantau for its network of biking trails, known for their stunning scenery, stretching right across the island.
38. Ferry rides
Getting between Discovery Bay and Hong Kong island on the ferry takes you past some beautiful scenery, and is a lot more comfortable than the MTR!
39. Surf’s up!
Lantau offers a multitude of watersports such as sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboarding, skimboarding, surfing and bodyboarding at the beaches along the South Lantau coast.
40. Lantau Peak
Hong Kong’s second highest peak, Lantau Peak, is a popular spot for watching the sunrise. At 934 metres high it’s no stroll in the park, but well worth the effort once you reach the top.
41. Shop for a bargain
Citygate Outlets, with its brand-name labels and year-round discounts, is a popular spot to pick up some bargains. You have to battle the crowds, especially on weekends, but if you find that perfect outfit, it’s so worth it!
42. Plane spotting
Aviation enthusiasts can head over to SkyDeck, on the roof of Terminal 2 at the airport, for a close encounter with the planes taking off and landing.
Nothing says romance like a horse-drawn carriage ride. DB North Plaza is home to this unique experience. Fun for the kids, too.
44. Feeling adventurous?
Lantau is the perfect venue for adventure racing, where competitors race over the mountainous terrain. For an extra special challenge, pop on a head torch and take part in an overnight race.
45. Husbands For Sale
Relax, ladies. This is actually a local snack in Tai O, which consists of a wrap filled with lettuce and minced pork, stir-fried with Tai O’s famous shrimp paste.
46. Pure exhilarating fun
Epicland, Hong Kong’s largest indoor family play centre, is right here on Lantau. Endless fun for the kids, and a relaxing coffee corner for the big people.
47. Spot the dragon
If you’re out hiking, be sure to watch out for the dragon, who sits up in the Lantau hills, warding off evil spirits. He sits close to distance post L047, during stage 5-6 of the Lantau Trail.
48. Take a break
No need to travel for hours to take a break away. Lantau is the ultimate weekend getaway spot, whether it’s a night at the beach, a family holiday at Disneyland or a relaxing getaway in a luxury hotel, Lantau has something for everyone.
49. Rock on
AsiaWorld-Expo, Lantau’s very own entertainment venue, hosts concerts, sporting events and large-scale entertainment events. With a capacity of 14,000, Lantau comes alive when an international superstar is in town.
50. Community fun
Lantau hosts many community and sporting events, such as Tennis Nations Cup, South Lantau Groove, Imagine Peace Festival and many more. A great reason to come together for a cause, or just for some good old-fashioned fun.
Photograph of Cafe Bord de Mer, courtesy of Auberge Hotel