Lantau Island, also known as Lantao Island, is the largest of the 263 islands in Hong Kong and is part of the old island group “Wanshan Islands” or “Ladrone Islands” at the mouth of the Pearl River. It has a size of 146.38 km² and a population of over 100,000 inhabitants.
On the north side is Tung Chung, the largest place with high residential density on Lautau. To the southwest lies the village of Tai O, a historical fishing village with pile huts on the water and a small settlement density. On the south side of the island is the town of Discovery Bay and other historic settlements.
On the Ngong Ping Plateau is the monastery Po Lin with the Tian Tan Buddha, also called Great Buddha.