Hong Kong International Airport is on an island next to Lantau, which is the biggest island in the region. The two are connected by the North Lantau Highway (Highway 8), which heads back to Tsuen Wan and the mainland. Hotels near the airport cater to short-term and business travelers, while those elsewhere on the island are more rustic.
The biggest area attraction in the Airport / Island area – apart from the airport itself – is Disneyland, which is a short drive form the airport and has plenty of its own hotels, resorts and MTR station. This is a faithful extension of the Disney franchise, with rides and attractions similar to those in Orlando and Anaheim.
Another important site on Lantau is the Tian Tan Buddha, a massive bronze Buddha seated on a hilltop presiding over Po Lin Monastery. A cable car connects Tian Tan Buddha to a cultural village where international tourists can learn about Buddhism in Hong Kong.
The forested mountains of Lantau make an excellent hiking venue. The Lantau Trail loops the island and passes secluded beaches like Chi Ma Wan Pui Po and Cheung Sha on the southern coast. Lantau Island accommodation in this area includes campsites, guesthouses and beach hotels popular with adventure seekers.
It’s possible to connect to Lantau Island and the airport on the metro (MTR). The hotels around Airport / Island and Disneyland are always busy, and there’s a surge in reservations whenever the AsiaWorld-Expo convention center hosts a concert.