Lantau is one of 235 islands in the Hong Kong area and the site of Hong Kong International Airport. Although twice the size of Hong Kong Island and the largest island in the bay, Lantau, with a population around 40,000, is still largely undeveloped and indigenous forest covers the majority of its mountainous terrain. The main town of Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay) can ... More>be reached by a frequent, one-hour ferry service from Hong Kong. Lantau provides a calm contrast to the hectic pace of Hong Kong with quiet beaches, outdoor pursuits like cycling through the countryside and horse-riding. Attractions include Cheung Sha Upper Beach, 3.2 kilometres of white sand, Chung Fort dating back to 1817 and the Po Lin Monastery, which contains the world's largest, outdoor seated statue of Buddha (24 metres high). Several luxurious five star hotels on Lantau are grouped around the water’s edge and owing to its close proximity to Hong Kong International Airport, transfer times are a matter of minutes.