If you are looking to escape the man-made surroundings of Hong Kong, I would suggest a visit to one of its many islands. Lantau being one of them. A friend recommended me to take a train there and hop on a cable car ride to Ngong Ping where one of Hong Kong's most famous attractions sits - The Big Buddha.
But I woke up late and arrived at 10.30am to a long line of people with the same idea. Buy the tickets online! It will save you a 40min wait. The cable car ride was just spectacular, offering magnificent views of a different Hong Kong as we passed by mountainous terrains and the ocean. Unfortunately I forgot to charge my camera which meant very limited pics taken to conserve power.
After getting off the cable car, we arrived at Ngong Ping Village which is a fairly new development catered for tourists with a number of souvenirs and food stores. Follow the people and you will reach the statue. Climb the 300+ steps for a close-up view of the largest outdoor seating bronze Buddha statue in the world and wonderful panoramic views of the island.
Another highlight was the Po Lin Monastery nearby. A popular and colourful temple, where it's covered in thick incense from joss sticks burnt by its worshipers and filled with chanting of monks.
Due to time constraints, we didn't get to head over to Tai O, a known fishing village with houses built on stilts over the sea. I guess, there's always next time?