Chi Ma look out
Travelling via the Tung Wan Beach, passing the ancient carved rock and passing the helicopter-landing path, we lead our bikes up a steep hill towards a small temple.
From here we went on foot towards the Chi Ma viewing point and the "Human Head Rock". From here you have great views over the Tung Wan Beach and the island.
There is a small pavilion what we used to shelter for the rain.
The small city streets
Cheung Chau city streets are narrow and bring you into the backyards of the peoples houses. When you are on a bike or walking just take the time to explore these fascination small streets and look around to the city life and the houses.
I didn't take a photo when I was riding my bike here, and now I think I should have done that.
The Cheung Po Tsai or Pirates cave
There is a cave in the far western part of the island. This "cave" is named after the 19th-century pirate Cheung Po-Tsai, his fleet raided a lot of ships in the area.
It's signed properly, first go uphill to reach the other end of the landmark and then try to find the cave. You can see it in the distance and can reach it on your own risk. But if you do bring a torch and remember those rocks can be slippery. But from here you have a nice view over the coastline as well.
And maybe you can find out if the legend is true. Legend has it that Cheung Po Tsai stored his treasure here. But until now nobody found something, so maybe it's still there, but at the other hand if you found something would you tell? -lol-
The Pak Tai Temple
The Pak Tai Temple (is dedicated to the Taoist "Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven" or as you can say the lord of the underworld.) The villagers pray to him for protection to the evil spirits.
This temple was built in 1783 and is known as the oldest temple on this island. The temple was repainted in 1989.
The Pak Tai temple is also known as the temple with the most guarding lions. There are 4 in front the temple and more on top.
They keep inside the temple an ancient sword from the Song Dynasty (960-1279); it symbolizes good luck to the Fishermen. The Pak Tai temple is also the religious centre of the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. This is a century-old event designed to reconcile the ghosts of locals who where massacred by pirates, it is celebrated in this temple every spring. Some say it points to the hard times the locals had during the pirates times. After a 3 day vegetarian diet, locals and tourists can eat the buns from 3 huge bun towers.
Cheung Po Tsai Cave
The Cheung Po Tsai Cave is the hiding place of a famous pirate in the 19th century, and this is also the place where the robbed treasures were kept. You can go on foot along the Coastline and be there in 45 mins. Or tae a boat ride for HK$20. Try your luck!
Pak Tai Temple
Pak tai Temple was built in 1783 and is the oldest temple on the island. Pak Tai Temple is the religious centre of Cheung Chau and there are still some historical relics in the temple. The famous "Bun Festival" is held in front of the temple every year in May.
Tung Wan Beach
Passing through Pak Tai Temple, along the coast there lies Tung Wan Beach. The beach area is small, water and sands are acceptable but not any fantastic. Good place for suntan during quiet weekdays, while weekend is definately too packed with both Cheung Chau residents and visitors.