Lantau ("Ragged Head") Island offers some of Hong Kong's most
dramatic surprises, including pristine beaches, dense forests, stunning hikes
and the world's largest sitting statue of the Buddha.
The Po Lin Monastery and its remarkable Buddha is Lantau's most popular
attraction. The statue stands 85 feet high (26 metres), weighs 202 tonnes, and
cost more than HKD 70 million to build. Visitors walk up 268 flights of stairs
to visit this magnificent bronze sculpture.
At 1,038 feet (322 meters), the Victoria Peak is Hong
Kong Island's tallest hill. Majestic skyscrapers and high-rise residential
blocks encircle the harbour with the hills of Kowloon in the distance. Whether
by day or night, Victoria Peak provides a breathtaking view.
The best way to get to the top is on the Peak Tram, a
historical funicular railway which carves a steep 1,223-feet-high (373 meters)
swathe up the green mountainside. The tram has been in operation since 1888.