Lantau festival puts local flavour up on offer
Visitors to Lantau this autumn can watch a traditional water wedding at Tai O fishing village, taste shrimp-flavoured bread at Ngong Ping, and board a mutineers' boat in Discovery Bay.
These are among nine attractions at the first Lantau Fiesta, which will run from next month to November. Organised by the Lantau Development Alliance, formed by tourist attractions such as Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360 and AsiaWorld-Expo Organisers, it aims to bring more visitors to the island.
On November 24, tourists will see a mock wedding in traditional fishing village style at Tai O. In contrast to ceremonies on land, a sampan is used instead of a car to carry the bridegroom to the bride's home.
"A villager in his 80s will sing out in the Tanka language what dowry the bride will get," said Iris Wong Po-yee of the Heritage Conservation Foundation.
For those more interested in modern entertainment, South Korean musical comedy team Pang Show will give free performances in Ngong Ping Village for a month from October 24. The show includes elements of dance, acrobatics and magic.
Visitors can also try bread with special Lantau flavours, such as shrimp paste and local herbs.
Over at Discovery Bay and Disneyland, visitors can expect to experience some Halloween chills.
Every Thursday to Sunday from October 4 to 31, Disneyland will extend its opening hours till 11pm, allowing guests to explore seven Halloween-themed areas including a cannibalised Babyhead from the movie Toy Story.
Discovery Bay has dressed up the Bounty, a replica of an 18th-century European tall ship built for the 1984 movie of the same name, with ghostly decorations. Those who spend more than HK$300 in the Discovery Bay area can board the boat on October 31.