Attraction Southwest of Hongkong Island, Hong Kong, China Published on: 01-08-2016
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Why Cheung Chau Island is special ?
What to explore at Cheung Chau Island?
Perhaps the best scenic viewing spot here is the Beitiao Pavilion. This pavilion is uniquely designed and allows visitors a complete island view. Take a walk in the interior which is filled with lush, green foliage.
On the southwest tip of the island is Cheung Po Tsai Cave. Ancient legends say that it used to be the place where Cheung Po Tsai, a pirate with an ill reputation, hid the money he robbed. Many people, flashlights in hand, visit this cave every year.
If you want to take part in a glorious, joyful festival. Come on April 15th and 16th (dates are according to the Chinese calendar so double check each year), for the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. In ancient times, a devastating epidemic attacked the people of the island, who held the first Bun Festival in an attempt to clear their little homeland of disease. The epidemic suddenly disappeared and ever since the festival is held every year. It is a large-scale traditional festival attracting a large number of tourists because of the large parade and ongoing celebrations that fill all the streets and alleys.
How to get to Cheung Chau Island?
Catch a ferry from Central Pier 5 (get out from MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1and walk through ifc mall).
Central to Cheung Chau Island: 00:30 to 23:45 (Monday to Saturday); 00:30 to 23:55 (Sunday and public holidays)
Cheung Chau Island to Central: 02:20 to 23:45 (Monday to Saturday); 02:20 to 23:30 (Sunday and public holidays)
- “Great Hike on Cheung Chau Island”
- “Fascinating Island in Hong Kong”
- “Gem of an island”
- “Getaway from the busy city”
- “Lovely and peacefull place”
Southwest of Hongkong Island, Hong Kong, China
Tips for you
Great beaches and convenient ferry access make this island one of the best from Central Hong Kong.
The ferry ride from HK to Cheung Chau was long (~45 mins); so we caught some zzzz's on the relaxing boat ride. Cheung Chau reminds you of a Chinese version of a small town fishing village you would find in any European city along the mediteranean coast. Everyone is laid back & the main mode of transport is by bike. Even senior citizens riding along w/ their umbrellas hauling a large basket of fresh seafood; politely ringing their bells alerting they are coming through.There are 2 temples dedicated for fishermen blessings & a beautiful swimming beach (clean, clear water & sand); manned by @ least 2 lifeguards. Fronting the beach, some construction for a resort-style hotel is in the works. There are local B&Bs that we'd like to try for 1 night next time; so that we have more time exploring the island by bike. Lots of shops selling souvenirs & plenty of seafood restaurants w/ the freshest ingredients.
This beautiful island got a very nice beach!! Very crowded all the time I guess. When I was there it was very hot so I could not do all the things I wanted to.
there is not much to buy souvenir wise, but this is an awesome experience of daily life on one of the islands. There are no cars on this island and plenty of walks around the island. There are a few interesting sites to see, catch a local sanpan(boat) round to the other side and walk back to the ferry pier. The bun festival is the best time to go