Extend your stay before or after the race to explore Hong Kong.
From intangible culture to world-class theme parks. From mouth-watering street food, to breathtaking natural vistas and beyond, Hong Kong has it all!
Po Lin monastery & Big Buddha
Ngong Ping plateau, at the foot of Lantau Island’s Lantau Peak, is the ideal Hong Kong setting for a spiritual walk to experience Buddhist culture and the beauty of nature. It’s home to the 115-year-old Po Lin Monastery, featuring temples and halls with designs inspired by Song (960–1279), Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasty architecture — and the iconic giant Big Buddha bronze statue. Hike in the hills above for a bird’s-eye view of the plateau, marvel as you wander through a master Chinese calligrapher’s enlightening ‘Heart Sutra’ installation, and enjoy a breathtaking cable car ride, offering stunning Lantau Island and Tung Chung Bay sea views.
Participants on TransLantau100 and 140 will have two checkpoints next to Po Lin monastery and will run next to the Big Buddha.
Tai O traditional fishermen village
Lantau Island is the green and rural counterpoint to the urban expanse of Hong Kong. With its stretches of sandy beach and kilometre-high peaks, it remains largely unspoiled. On a clear day, you can see Macao from Tai O, a traditional village with stilt houses in western Lantau. Yet Tai O’s farming and fishing way of life has remained much the same since its first settlers made it home more than three centuries ago.
Participants on TransLantau100 and 140 will have their halfway checkpoint at Tai O school and will then run through the village enjoying the smells of this traditional village.
Sheung Sha Beach
The fine powdery white sand and clear waters of Lantau Island’s stunning 3km stretch of Cheung Sha Beach, comprising Upper Cheung Sha Beach and Lower Cheung Sha Beach, is Hong Kong’s longest — and one of the cleanest beaches. Its remote, exotic setting — flanked by the island’s lush, tree-covered hilltops — is home to fun-filled water sports activities (kayak, SUP, surf) and delightful, laid-back restaurants and bars serving delicious fresh seafood dishes, wines and cocktails. The area offers a stunning backdrop for holiday photos — with visitors able to relax at Lower Cheung Sha Beach over a meal or coffee, enjoy water sports lessons, or unwind while strolling along Upper Cheung Sha Beach — alone with their thoughts.
Tung Chung to Tai O hike
Looking for an easy hike (14km) with family and friends as a warm up before the race, try this popular section of TransLantau by UTMB. We recommend to start from Tung Chung (easy access by public transport) and hike to the traditional fishermen village Tai O where you can enjoy the local delicacies.