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Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Lantau

Po Lin Monastery & Big Buddha

Po Lin is a huge Buddhist monastery and temple complex that was built in 1924. Today it seems more of a tourist honeypot than a religious retreat, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year and still being …
Top Choice Chinese in Lamma

Lamma Rainbow

Gigantic Rainbow may boast 800 seats but you still need to book ahead for prime hours. Steamed grouper, lobster and abalone are the specialities at this waterfront restaurant, and they're excellent. Best to come wit…
Top Choice Village in Lantau

Tai O

On weekends, droves of visitors trek to the far-flung west coast of Lantau to see a fascinating way of life. Here in Tai O, historical home to the Tanka boat people, life is all about the sea. Houses are built on st…
Top Choice Historic Building in Lantau

Stilt Houses

Tai O's remaining stilt houses stand over the waterway, scrunched up against each other for support. Some have ladders descending to boats, the vehicle of choice. These houses have a history of over two centuries. T…
Top Choice Taoist Temple in Lantau

Tai O Kwan Tai Temple

Tai O's oldest temple, raised in the 15th century (Ming dynasty), is dedicated to Kwan Tai, a deified general known as the God of War. It was renovated in the Qing dynasty, with donations by court officials and Tai …
Top Choice Lighthouse in Po Toi

Nam Kok Tsui Lighthouse

Po Toi Island has a handful of sites where you can stargaze. The lighthouse is the most ideal – a reasonable distance (1.5km) to hike from the pier with camping gear, and sunset views on the house. There's a flat ar…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Cheung Chau

Reclining Rock

In the southwestern corner of Cheung Chau are five giant eroded rocks on a cliff, like something from Chinese mythology. The largest of the scenic cluster seems to be perpetually teetering on the edge. Reclining Roc…
Top Choice Ceramics in Peng Chau

Chiu Kee Porcelain Studio

Chiu Kee (c 1970s) is one of the precious few places around that still makes hand-painted pottery. You'll see the works of its founders, the late Mr Lam and his wife Mrs Lam, who now runs the shop. The tableware and…
Top Choice Beach in Lantau

Shui Hau Beach

Lantau's largest stretch of mud-flat, Shui Hau Beach, is lovely, with rippled black sand mirroring the sky and mangroves teeming with crustaceans and clams. At low tide, it attracts dozens of clam diggers. There's a…
Top Choice French in Cheung Chau

Pirate Bay

Delicious crepes (the caramel is our favourite) by a French and Hong Konger couple, also hearty homemade chicken rillette, ratatouille, and beef bourguignon. For the thirsty, there's French wine (fabulous with the c…