As one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises, Hong Kong conjures up images of tall skyscrapers and bustling city streets, however there’s much more to the major metropolitan area, which is actually home to several islands and even countryside. For a popular, easy trip from the big city, the nearby Lantau Island offers visitors a number of indoor and outdoor destinations and attractions. Mr. Channarong Rinthong, IT Infrastructure Junior Staff of Diethelm Travel Thailand, shares what is like visiting Lantau Island as a first-time traveller.
At the end of 2015 I got the fortunate opportunity to go to Lantau Island in Hong Kong. Not only was it my first time to the major international city, but my first time abroad. Needless to say, I was very excited!
Landing at Hong Kong international Airport, I made my way to Terminal 1 for immigration and baggage claim. After passing through immigration and picking up my bags, our guide from Thailand gathered us together to introduced us to our new local guide, a Thai woman who has long lived in Hong Kong. After getting to know the group and a quick lunch, we transferred from the airport directly to our first big stop – Hong Kong Disneyland!
Just 30 minutes from the airport, we made it to Hong Kong Disneyland with good weather. After you pass through the entrance you’ll find the map station with guides in different languages. Take a moment to choose how you’re going to tackle the park. There are seven lands to explore: Adventureland, Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A., each with their owned themed rides, attractions, entertainment and dining venues.
We started in Tomorrowland with the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster ride – a surprisingly fun and humorous attraction that’s part ride, part video game – and then went on to Space Mountain. It was intense! We careened through the galaxy and I was stunned with adrenalin.
Next, it was time for the park’s big nightly parade featuring all of the famous Disney characters and ending with an impressive firework show. The atmosphere, with fireworks sparkling over the castle, was very romantic and would have been even more magical if I had experienced it with my girlfriend!
Another important site not to be missed when visiting Lantau Island is the Tian Tan Buddha, also commonly called the Big Buddha, in Ngong Ping. We took the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car enjoying 360-degree views of Hong Kong, including Airport Island and the Tian Tan Buddha.
After 15 minutes in the cable car you then have about 200 more steps to go to reach the giant Buddha statue. You may be tired when you reach the top, but it’s worth it for the stunning view and beautiful monument to Buddhism.
By the end of my trip, I was very impressed by Lantau Island and Hong Kong in general. I promise, I will go back again!
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