Extend your stay before or after the race to explore Hong Kong.
From intangible culture heritage to world-class museums and theme parks. From mouthwatering street food, to breathtaking natural vistas and beyond. Hong Kong has it all!
Lantau Island is the largest island in Hong Kong and is located to the west of Hong Kong Island. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, including its rolling hills, towering peaks, and pristine beaches. The island is home to many popular tourist attractions, including the famous Big Buddha statue and the Po Lin Monastery, both of which draw millions of visitors each year.
Lantau Island is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, as it offers a variety of scenic hikes and outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and kayaking. In addition to its natural beauty, the island is also home to several modern conveniences, including shopping centers, restaurants, and transportation options.
Lantau Island is definitely a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience Hong Kong's naturel and culture, but if you’re also keen to explore other parts of the city, we’ve got you covered as well.
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 century-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.
Discovery Bay (DB) is located on the northeast of Lantau Island. With a land area of approximately 650 hectares and surrounded by mountains and oceans, it is a serene seaside resort destination offering a multitude of enticing and engaging experiences for visitors. Only 25 minutes away from Central and the airport, Discovery Bay is an easily accessible island oasis providing tranquility and natural beauty.
DB is also one of the well-known destinations in Hong Kong for outdoor adventure, culinary delights, live entertainment and more. Recharge, rediscover and experience all that DB has to offer via DB Destination Guide. Download a digital copy here.
In DB’s new Nature Guidebook – A Breath of Discovery, four hiking trails that reveal ecological highlights, Instagrammable spots, and various species are featured. Download a digital copy here
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.
Cheung 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.
Scenic hikes in the city
Looking to go on a hike with family and friends as a warm-up before the race? Hong Kong has no shortage of hiking routes that take you through picturesque landscapes and unique geological wonders. From the volcanic rock formations on the High Island Geo Trail to the mesmerising vistas over Thousand Island Lake, these 10 hiking routes around the city will have you coming back for more.
Trail running in Hong Kong
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a first-time participant, there’s always something new to be discovered as you trek across the rugged mountains of our city. Read this interview with Hong Kong champion trail runner Law Chor-kin, who shares his experience and insights on conquering Hong Kong’s countryside trails. Then, put on your running shoes — ready, set, GO!