Pirates, Smugglers and Monks. Historical Lantau and Cheung Chau Islands. The coastal areas of the Pearl River Delta are rich in maritime history. From the Ming dynasty (around 1600) to soon after the British formed a colony on Hong Kong Island (1840) there were pirates and smugglers sailing the South China Sea in numerous war junks. The islands of Lantau and Cheung Chau demonstrate a rich association with some of the most colourful of these pirates, from Cheung I, one of the most powerful of the pirate lords in the late 1700’s, to Cai Qian Ma, a notorious female pirate who was reported to have a harem of boys, as well as a war junk sailed by only female warriors (niangzijun). This tour will introduce the maritime heritage of Lantau Island, and take you by ferry to Cheung Chau Island, once a pirate strong hold. Suggested Itinerary 08:40 Group meeting time at Pier 6, Central Piers, Hong Kong Island. Ferry tickets purchased by individuals 09:10 Ferry departs 09:45 Bus from Mui Wo 10:00 Short break at Pui O Beach. Wild Water Buffalo and marshes 11:00 Tour of Tai O. Visit the Kwan Tai temple. See the creek from the Solo Café. Street food, fishing village life. Stilt Houses. 12:00 Lunch at the Fook Moon Lam Restaurant, Tai O (pay direct to the restaurant) 13:00 Depart Tai O by bus to Ngong Ping Village. 13:15 Arrive Ngong Ping. Po Lin Monastery and Wisdom walk tour. See the Big Buddha (optional climb if schedule allows) 14:30 Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Tung Chung 15:00 Bus to meet us at Tung Chung Bus Terminal 15:50 back to Kowloon Star Ferry Terminal.