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Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong provided by Tour East Hong Kong

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong

Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
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Tour snapshot
Visit the Big Buddha and Tai O fishing village during this Lantau Island tour
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
40
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    8h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    40
  • Service animals allowed
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
If you’re visiting Lantau Island on your own from Hong Kong, there are plenty of sights you might miss. During this Big Buddha and Lantau Island tour, the day is planned so you don’t have to worry about wasting any time trying to figure out directions or other details. Along with a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, visit Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery, Tai O fishing village, and Big Buddha statue.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Includes ferry cruise across Hong Kong Harbour and cable car ride
  • A vegetarian lunch is included so you don't have to plan where to eat
  • Round-trip transport from Hong Kong or Kowloon for your convenience
What to expect
This Big Buddha and Lantau Island tour starts with a hotel pickup from either Hong Kong or Kowloon. You’ll be transported to the express ferry, where you’ll cruise from Hong Kong Harbour to Lantau Island. On the island, ride in a comfortable coach to Tai O, and spend some time exploring the fishing village with its over-water stilt houses. Next, travel in a Ngong Ping 360 cable car up to see the Big Buddha and Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery. Enjoy lunch at the monastery. Your Lantau Island tour ends with a drop-off back at your hotel in Hong Kong or Kowloon.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Includes ferry cruise across Hong Kong Harbour and cable car ride
  • A vegetarian lunch is included so you don't have to plan where to eat
  • Round-trip transport from Hong Kong or Kowloon for your convenience
What to expect
This Big Buddha and Lantau Island tour starts with a hotel pickup from either Hong Kong or Kowloon. You’ll be transported to the express ferry, where you’ll cruise from Hong Kong Harbour to Lantau Island. On the island, ride in a comfortable coach to Tai O, and spend some time exploring the fishing village with its over-water stilt houses. Next, travel in a Ngong Ping 360 cable car up to see the Big Buddha and Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery. Enjoy lunch at the monastery. Your Lantau Island tour ends with a drop-off back at your hotel in Hong Kong or Kowloon.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 3675LMVL
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Local English speakling guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • One-way ferry
  • 25-minute Ngong Ping Cable Car Ride
  • Entry/Admission - Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pick-up from selected downtown hotels is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is not recommended for elderly or disabled passengers due to restricted access on and off the ferryboat and Ngong Ping cable car. Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Customers are required to confirm exact pick up point for tour with local service provider at least 24 hours prior to date booked.
  • Cable car will be subject to operational and weather conditions, in the event of the when the cable is not available it will be replaced with a coach transfer.
  • With immediate affect the Ngong Ping Cable Car is not in operation. Cable car ride will be replaced with a coach transfer.
  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 adults to operate. If minimum numbers are not met tour will be cancelled.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Local English speakling guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • One-way ferry
  • 25-minute Ngong Ping Cable Car Ride
  • Entry/Admission - Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pick-up from selected downtown hotels is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is not recommended for elderly or disabled passengers due to restricted access on and off the ferryboat and Ngong Ping cable car. Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Customers are required to confirm exact pick up point for tour with local service provider at least 24 hours prior to date booked.
  • Cable car will be subject to operational and weather conditions, in the event of the when the cable is not available it will be replaced with a coach transfer.
  • With immediate affect the Ngong Ping Cable Car is not in operation. Cable car ride will be replaced with a coach transfer.
  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 adults to operate. If minimum numbers are not met tour will be cancelled.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 10 Jul 2020
A note from Lantau Island and Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong
All travellers are required to wear their masks throughout the tour. Social distancing measures will be followed as per local government's advice.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
    Stop: 8 hours - Admission included
    On arrival on Lantau Island, head to Cheung Sha Beach—the longest beach in the area—on a comfortable coach bus, then tour the fishing village of Tai O, where you’ll see traditional stilted home and learn more about daily local life. This Lantau Island Giant Buddha Day Trip from Hong Kong will then take you to the top of Ngong Ping Plateau where you’ll see the Tian Tan Buddha at Po Lin Monastery. This famous statue stretches more than 111 fee t (34 meters) high and is the largest seated, outdoor bronze Buddha on earth. Take a tour of Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery and savor a typical vegetarian meal at the monastery. This magnificent day ends as you travel from the mountain top by Ngong Ping 260 sky rail cable car to the Ngong Ping Plateau. The 25-minute trip offers up some of the most spectacular natural views and is not to be missed. Once you’ve arrived at Tung Chung Village you’ll make your way back to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon by coach.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
106 reviews
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Sreeram K
San Jose, CA22 contributions
Feb 2019
I had 9 hrs to kill in HK airport. I am an Indian citizen with US green card. I converted about USD 20 to HK dollars and took a bus from outside the airport. the folks in the airport are very friendly and seemed that they gave all necessary information...yet, there was some confusion.

When I got off the bus, I was asked to check in my carry on even though the folks at the airport told me I could take my carry-on with me. There are hundreds of people. Its very busy. i had an option of leaving my carryon in the airport, but the line there was super long. I had to pay for checking in my carry on once i reached the buddha place. But when they found out i was paying my credit card, I was whisked from the line of hundreds of people all the way to the very beginning of the line.

I bought the nominal package and rode the tram to the buddha. There was no pressure to buy more or less. The ride to the buddha place is spectacular and loved every moment of it. There were ample places to eat and shop. The city views are hard as there seems to be only jungle all around. And there were dogs running loose and cows as well. Wonder how they made it up there?? The climb up and nice, but again there are tons of people and getting a good shot is hard. Overall I was able to make it back with lots of time left,
Written 2 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
TourEastHongKong
Thank you for your time writing to us , clients' feedbacks are valuable source for further enhancements so we know how to perform better at what we do . Hope can be of service in near future.
Written 2 January 2020
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Adam B
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
Jan 2020
We were pleasantly surprised to find that this group tour ended up being a private tour for my partner and I, so that was fun. We were picked up by bus and dropped off at the ferry terminal where we met our guide. After our ferry trip over to the island we were driven to the fishing village where we explored the area and enjoyed a lovely river cruise with some sweet pineapple bread.
We were then taken to the Giant Buddha where we learned about the history and construction. The museum inside was amazing. We had some free time here to walk around the outside of the statue, appreciating it's size and beauty while taking many photos.
Once we climbed back down the stairs, we had lunch at a vegetarian restaurant, which provided good food.
We were escorted through the beautiful Monastery before our guide added an extra walking tour through a nearby park which lead to the Wisdom Path.
The best way to end the day was to return by cable car, a fantastic way to see Hong Kong from above. It was especially nice to skip the line to enter.
Thank you for a fantastic day trip! Highly recommended.
Written 8 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
TourEastHongKong
Thank you for your message , we are glad to hear you enjoyed the Lantau island and giant buddha tour . We hope we can be of service in near future .
Written 9 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ywurry
Dewsbury, UK716 contributions
Jan 2020
The Big Buddha, made of Bronze stands at the top of 268 steps and is an impressive 34 metres high. It commands the area around it and you can see it from many places on Lantau Island. It was a highlight to come to see this amazing structure which was build in 1993. There are great views from around the Buddha and you can also go inside and look around the bell and other artefacts.

At the bottom of the steps and just little way away is the Lin Po Monastery which is one of the more important Monasteries in the Buddhist religion. There is also the Hall of 10,000 Buddhas close by. A pleasant vegetarian meal can be had in the Monastery and is part of the tour taken. There is only tea or water served so you would nee to take soft drinks with you if that is what you prefer.

Also as part of the tour is a walk around Tai O a fishing village with houses built on stilts. There is a walk through the shows selling a lot of dried fish, which is deemed a delicacy as a staple of the Chinese/Hong Kong diet. There is walk also a visit to a local temple with great explanations of local life and worship.

Once you have finished at the Buddha there is a lovely walk down to the cable car through the Ngong Ping village which has a host of shopping opportunities as eateries. Onto the Cable Car - do try the glass bottomed car for that all round experience. My wife is scared of heights and managed to complete this and found it breath taking. The cable car ride is around 25 minutes top to bottom and the views are amazing.

A wonderful way to see the sights without the hassle of trying to get there yourself is view this tour. Makes it so much easier, although I am sure you would save a lot of money if you did make your own way there/back.
Written 25 January 2020
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TourEastHongKong
Thank you for your time writing to us , we are glad to hear you enjoyed the Lantau island and giant buddha tour . We look foward to serving you in the close future .
Written 26 January 2020
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alouisec2016
Alameda, CA3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
We had a wonderful time in this Lantau tour. KC was a great tour guide. He gave us lots if interring information. He also had a great sense of humor. The lunch at the Monastery was wonderful. We were a bit Leary because it was vegetarian. We didn’t expect much but we’re very pleasantly surprised. The giant Buddha was beautiful as was the monastery. If you have a day in Hong Kong this is a great trip to do.
Only drawback was the bus transportation to get to the start if the tour. We did a lot of changing busses and waiting around.
We would do this again.
Written 6 January 2020
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TourEastHongKong
Thank you for your time writing to us , we are glad to hear you enjoyed the Lantau island tour . Tour starts from selected meeting point , we appreciate your understanding . We look forward to serving you in the close future .
Written 6 January 2020
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Martin H
Bristol, UK156 contributions
Mar 2020
Corona virus meant that the cable car wasn't running and we had to travel by car instead of the ferry to the island. However, the big Buddha and the fishing village were definitely worth seeing and the vegetarian lunch at the monastery was very tasty. Ken, our guide, was excellent as well. Worth doing.
Written 9 March 2020
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TourEastHongKong
Thank you for your time writing to us , we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the Lantau island tour . Please be assured that we will copy your message to Ken . We trust he will be delighted to know his efforts are appreciate and recognized . Hope we can be of service in the near future .
Written 10 March 2020
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John D
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom35 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Booked this one via trip advisor and went on 1st May 2018 with Viator. uplifted from our hotel and first ones on the coach - thought great and then picked up another couple to be told we are meeting another coach in another location for the tour - Transferred to another coach where we sat and waited fro 1 hour and 10 minutes for the others to join us. A hot day and to be stuck on the coach with no offer of water was really disappointing. Apparently the tour guide was taking the others on a shopping trip and ran late - not acceptable. A crap start to the tour. We then get going with our tour guide David who has to be one of the most annoying guides. He kept repeating himself time after time - thought he was a comedian - he was not!! The tour itself was fine and actually we got a break away from the guide which was great. Everything was well organised cable car, tasty lunch at the Big Buddha monastery, round the sea village and a boat ride into the bay where we say a white dolphin.
i am sure a different tour guide and the company adhering to the timetable and not keeping us waiting would have helped - suggest not going with Viator as there are other operators who do this. I was also annoyed when on booking it said i could use an evoucher yet at the end of the tour had to fill in a form because i didn't have a voucher with me - really !! a waste of time getting me to do this - an e voucher is sufficient - i could not see the reason for me having to fill this form in
Written 13 May 2018
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Rishi
Chicago, IL32 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
Departed TST around 9AM, returned back to the hotel around 3pm. Here's how we planned it:

From TST: In order to get to the gondola ride on Lantau Island, you can take the ferry from Central, taxi (or Uber), or subway (MTR). We took an Uber (~$240HKD) from the Intercontinental in TST. People will tell you Uber is not available in HK, but it definitely is.

If you're more than 3-4 people, I would suggest taxi or Uber. MTR is great and cheap, but you have to switch lines, which adds about 20-30 minutes to your trip each way (at least from TST). Ferry also takes longer.

Once you get to Lantau Island, you have three ways to get up: local cabs, bus, or gondola. I would definitely take the gondola! The views are amazing. There are two cable car options, one with a "crystal" bottom and one that's regular cart. We opted for the regular. Its cheaper and the lines are much shorter compared to the "crystal bottom". The views are still great. The ride took about 25 minutes to the top.

Here's a really STRONG SUGGESTION. Pre-book your tickets online. The lines to purchase tickets onsite were crazy (like 45 minutes). Add that to the line waiting for the cable car, you're looking at an hour. Also be sure you go early. We got there around 10AM (opens at 10:15). Once again, the longer you wait in the day, the longer the lines.

Once we reached the top, we had bought a tour package - 360 Lantau Culture and Heritage Insight Tour. I bought this online at the site website. It included my cable car ticket. The tour lasted about 3.5 -4 hours. I thought this was excellent. What I didn't realize is that there's more to see than the monastery and the Buddha at the top. There's an entire local fishing village that's definitely worth while. The nice thing about the tour package is they set-up transportation to the finishing village. There's no way you could have walked to the fishing village. That part of the tour took about an hour.
Add that to the tour of the monastery and the sample tea tasting session, it was definitely a great value. The nice thing about the tour is that you can get a speed pass, so you don't have to wait in the lines going down.

The Buddha is a great site, about 270+ steps up. Great views from the top. We didn't get lunch at the Buddha (they have a restaurant at the top of the restaurant). All in all a great experience and value.

My only suggestion is book online and get there early. As with everything in HK, lines are crazy and its very crowded.
Written 7 October 2018
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Mandy Tony H
Nowra, Australia237 contributions
Jul 2018
We decided to visit the big B using MTR and bus in lieu of the package tourist method of the cable car. Regrettably we didn't make it for a simple reason. Didn't have the exact cash amount.....

So we travelled easily to Tung Chung on the MTR using our tourist pass. Walked over to the bus terminal (not the first one outside the MTR but opposite the cable car complex. Bus 23 is the go. $17.00 HK per person one way. All good to this point. Had plenty of HK cash but not $34 HK for two. No option for change, credit card or using the MTR card. Bus leaves every 40 minutes so need to backtrack to the nearest 711 for change then wait another 40 minutes. So if you want to take the alternative method of travel to the cable car then have the exact amount. Go figure for such a progressive HK in 2018.
Written 12 July 2018
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KJHlincs
lincolnshire218 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
So we got on a bus at 0940 to be taken to wait at another hotel for another bus...eventually arrived at Lantau around 1130, fabulous cable car ride, taken straight to monastery for lunch, then taken by bus up to the Buddha where we were allowed 15 mins!!!! We wanted to walk up the steps.....that wasn't allowed as not enough time. Straight back in the bus for fishing village tour, back to cable car, no time to shop, we abandoned the tour at this stage and got MTR back to HKG.
So we went back independently a few days later....so easy, cheap and fast!!! MTR Tsuen Wan line to Lai King, change to Tung Chun line, total journey 35 mins, £12 return. Cross road to cable car, £21 return. Lovely lunch at Chinese restaurant at base of Bhudda £20. Total cost for a MUCH nicer experience......and we walked up those steps!!! £53. Top tip re cable car.....crystal (see through) fooor is great, extra cost, but as there are so few of them much longer wait.
Written 3 July 2018
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miles_for_smiles
Hong Kong, China94 contributions
One of the things a visitor to hong Koh should do is taking the cable car and get up to the big Buddha. It’s fun and safe, and the cable car provides for some extra views.
The cable car has often quite long queues...
Written 25 December 2017
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