Lantau Island : The Other Hong Kong

Sure, there's the Big Buddha and some pink weirdos* (*Tai O pink dolphins), but Lantau Island has much more to offer! Prepare yourself for an escape in a peaceful bubble, where you won't see any skyscrapers nor any sign of stress. That said, you might find serenity.

After a year in Hong Kong Island's madness, we decided to move before we get crazy. And we discovered the other Hong Kong. For those who follow me on Instagram, you've seen the photos of my afternoons on desert beaches and my running sessions along the sea, looking at the sunset. Yes, Lantau Island is kinda cool.

Real escape from the crowds of the city in only a few minutes ferry or MTR, Lantau will surprise you by its authenticity. Forget about Ngong Ping and explore the real beauty of Lantau Island.

Paddle & go ethnic at Cheung Sha Beach

Ahhh Cheung Sha Beach -my favorite one! A white sandy beach lined with trees to offer you the perfect shady nap spot. You can sometimes see buffalos hanging around, some hippies playing frisbee or surfers riding waves. Rent a paddle board to get a great view on the beach, enjoy the sun an stay hydrated with a cool green coconut, then go ethnic at Stoep -a delicious South African restaurant with the most charming garden (bamboos, nenuphars, koi carps, romantic lights...).

The Stoep - 50, Lower Cheung Sha Village, Lantau Island - (852) 2980 2699

Enjoy the beauty of sunset in Tai O & travel in time

A sunset from Tai O is probably one of the most beautiful in Hong Kong -the fishing boats making it even more special. After that beautiful moment, go for a night in Tai O Heritage Hotel*, probably the most elegant and authentic place to stay in Lantau. This colonial edifice used to be a police station to guard the shore against bandits. It has been beautifully renovated, to be now a chic hotel with an incredible view on on the bay and a stunning glass-roofed restaurant. *Book in advance, as it's often sold out.

Tai O Heritage Hotel - Shek Tsai Po St, Tai O, Lantau Island - (852) 2985 8008

Hike from Tung Chung to Mui Wo & reward yourself with fantastic pizzas

Take the MTR to Tung Chung, then go for a two hours hike across Lantau's beautiful trails to Mui Wo. You will get great views on the island, plus a good exercise. Whereafter you will deserve one of The Kitchen's delicious wood fired pizzas with a glass of fine Italian wine... Then Silvermine Bay Beach awaits you for some good time on the sand. Finish you day trip with a great journey back to Hong Kong Island... by ferry. Such a perfect day, right?! Enjoy the view!

The Kitchen - 18A Mui Wo Ferry Pier Rd, Mui Wo, Lantau Island - (852) 5991 6292

Hit the waves & chill out on the beach - California style!

Pui O Beach is simply one of the coolest place to spend a weekend with your friends. You have the campground, the kitesurf spot, the waves, the long beach, and you have The Mavericks. An open-air designed bar & restaurant with seatings made out of skateboards, a skate ramp inside, greeeat music spun by local DJs, craft beers, pink nachos (!!), and good vibes. It's time to enjoy SUMMER TIME!

The Mavericks - Pui O Beach, South Lantau Rd, Lantau Island - (852) 5662 8552

Slow down... & sleep in a teepee!

Yes, still in Hong Kong -Palm Beach. Have you ever wondered how it would feel to live in a teepee village? In South Lantau, you can go for the adventure a spend a night in an authentic hand-painted American Indian Teepee. Ocean in the front with many water sports activities, from surfing, kayaking, wave windsurfing and all sorts of boarding, palm trees in the middle... and a campfire. Don't forget the marshmallows!

Palm Beach Teepee Village - Cheung Sha, Lantau Island - (852) 2980 4822

Did you know that such places exist in hong kong? This city will never cease to amaze me. If you plan to visit it, you should read my 9 reasons not to come to HK for a stop-over!
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