13 Facts About Lantau Island


Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong, located West of Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, and is part of the New Territories.

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Lantau Island is often referred to as "the lungs of Hong Kong", because of its abundance of indigenous forest and relative scarcity of high-rise residential developments which characterise Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

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Lantau Island was often shown in navigation maps because of its proximity to a major sea route in South China.

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Lantau Island was visited in 1607 by one of the early Dutch East India Company fleet commanders Cornelis Matelieff de Jonge who describes his visit to the local "mandarin".

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Lantau Island was once a base for pirates and smugglers, and was one of the haunts of Cheung Po Tsai in the 19th century.

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Lantau Island was a major site of resistance against the Japanese during the second world war.

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In 2000, Lantau Island acted as an important base for the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe project and the Asia-Pacific Cable Network which acts as an Internet bridge to the rest of the world.

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The best known of these is the 70 kilometre, 12 section Lantau Island Trail composed of beauty of natural stone steps and the dense woodland along a 3-kilometer stretch.

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Section 11 of the Lantau Island Trail starts just across the Tung Chung Road, which is not far from Ngong Ping 360.

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Southern part of Lantau Island are the most dangerous roads in all of Hong Kongdue to the narrow and hilly roads that are inaccessible to buses with lack of safety barriers.

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Northeast Lantau Island is in POA School Net 62, which includes schools in Tsuen Wan and areas nearby.

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LanDAC member Wu Chi-wai stated publicly that the committee was ignoring a 2007 concept plan for Lantau Island, developed with public consultation, and spoke against developing the country parks.

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Leung Chun-ying praised the report for having "fully considered the current situations of various districts in Lantau Island, including the conservation needs and the development potential" while it was denounced by green groups for being environmentally destructive.

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