Lantau, Hong Kong’s largest island is home to natural attractions — on top of tourist favorites Ngong Ping 360 cable car and Hong Kong Disneyland. Walking trails, seascapes and majestic natural geological formations are scattered around the island. Even animals you don’t exist in Hong Kong such as feral cattle and wild buffalo can also be found in the area.

Camping in Lantau is a good break from the breakneck pace of city life. Very scenic with some challenging trails such as the 70km Lantau Trail and easier ones such as the 10km South Lantau Country Trail. The terrain on Lantau is mostly mountainous but the southern side has a nice stretch of flat coastline.

Pui O makes a good starting point for further exploration of Lantau Island, with designated hiking trails, a large monastery, a fishing village, and a cable car to the Big Buddha, though we stayed on the southeastern side and used the Lantau Trail as a means for accessing great views of the island. Government campsites mean free use of camping sites, which are also equipped with barbecue pits, toilets and bathrooms. You just have to bring your equipment and food.

A tip about choosing a campsite: Like Pak Fu Tin, most of the sites are hike-in, hike-out. These have five or maybe 10 spots, but Pui O has 52. The smaller sites fill up fast in warmer weather when camping is more popular; October through March, there are fewer visitors and it’s easier to find a spot. All sites are free and offered first-come, first-served.

To get there, get off the bus at Ngong Ping and take nearby path to Tung Shan Fat Mun, via the Tea Garden.

Method 1: From Tung Chung town centre, take Bus 23 and get off at Ngong Ping.
Method 2: From Mui Wo, take Bus 2 and get off at Ngong Ping.
Method 3:From Tai O, take Bus 21 and get off at Ngong Ping.