Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong
Guide books describe this island as 'quaint, scenic' but I didn't think it was so great. It's about an hour's trip on the ferry which you board at pier # 6 in Central. You disembark right in the middle of the town center and there is a main walkway going both to the left and to the right(only foot traffic and bicycles, no cars) along which there are dozens of seafood restaurants, all having tanks containing live seafood- you just pick out what you want. There are some interesting offerings, including sea cucumbers, sea urchins and other shelled animals I didn't recognize. Some of the fishermen live on board and it is quite a sight to see all the boats nestled in the harbor, but that's about it. Pak Tai temple is no big deal if you've seen Man Mo or others that are similar. Tung Wan beach is not very picturesque, either, in my opinion.
It is, however, a nice way to spend a couple of hours out of the heat and sitting down while still seeing the sights.
We took the fast ferry from Central Pier for the half hour trip to Cheung Chau (from Cantonese translates to Long Island) - the island free of cars, or so we were told and arrived at the small but functional terminal. What struck us was the garish McDonalds restaurant in the prime position directly opposite the terminal.
We did see motorised vehicles - very small trucks and a few people movers for the elderly.
The town is situated on a narrow strip of land that joins the 2 small peaks that make up the island of about 3 square kilometres. We walked to the Pak Tai temple - and well-worth the trip. We explored the tiny streets and admired a traditional Chinese herbalist's shop and pottered around in the town before heading off for a walk along the deserted beach. We had planned to walk to the end of the island and catch one of the small ferries that operate in and out of the main terminal on the island, instead we got lost. We walked through the "outer" areas of the town and saw some of the packing container housing where Vietnamese boat people have been allowed to set up home. Returned to the main town for dinner in one of the many small restaurants that line the water front.
The trip ended with a slow ferry to Hong Kong Island that took almost an hour and in itself was a pleasant view.
All up a unique look at another side of Hong Kong and far away from the fast pace that is Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Tea House in the Hong Kong park is not worth it. It is very touristy. If you want to get a better tea house experience, there is a store in the Chau Cheng Island, the owner sells the tea but he offers you to try out the tea before you buy it. He has a whole set and small wooden chairs for 4 people so you can all try different kinds of teas. He gives you a listing of teas to choose from, but if you know or pick something that is not in the list he will give it to you try as well.
This 3,000-year-old rock carving, reported by a geologist in 1970, is located at the southeastern end of the island, immediately below the Warwick Hotel. It consists of two groups of similar designs, serveral carved lines surrounding small depressions.
Take a ferry to Cheung Chau Island and then follow directions on the mapboard at the pier and walk to the Warwick Hotel. The rock lies just below the hotel.
Located about one hour's ferry ride from Hong Kong's Central district is the idyllic Cheung Chau island. Here, life is unhurried and traditional. There are holiday chalets for rent for those who want to escape the bustling city life. You can sit down in a traditional tea house to have tea and dim sum.
Cheung Chau island is small enough to walk its entire length. It is the venue for the annual bun festival in May where young men hoist up a bun tower amidst a cacaphony of drums and cymbals.
Cheng Chau Island was one of my favourite islands. Restaurants and outdoor cafes line the shore which overlook junks and sampans anchored in the sheltered bays.
Ferries leave from the Outlying Islands Pier in Central, usually about every hour.
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It is only a short walk across the island to one of the beaches. The island was the home of the Chinese pirate Cheung Po Tsai and is one of Hong Kong's oldest settlements. Cheung is said to have hidden his weapons and treasure in a cave on the southwest of the island. There are signs to the cave, but no treasure.
Cheung Chau, a small island with friendly people! Whenever I don't know my way, somebody (who live there) will come up to help. 30 mins travel by ferry from Central. Must eat: seafood, cheap & delicious. Must also taste local dessert, snacks & DimSum. A relaxing beer at the beach bar... watching water sports, and a walk to the famous 'Cheung Po Chai' cave!
Said to be a hundred years history, every
year in May this island celebrate the "Bund Festival". There're huge bund towers, Chinese operas, paraide around the island, etc. Great celebrations!
See my Cheung Chau page for more photos.
There are a number of outlying islands to visit. They provide a safe haven from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. We went to Peng Chau and Cheung Chau on separate days. They were fairly cheap to get to by ferry and the trips were not too long. Both islands had a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere and local eateries rather than the intense tourist restaurants. Of course there was also a McDonalds....
Head out to the little island on the south of
Hong Kong Island to get away from the city and
No cars, hardly anybody and nice little hiking
ferry gets you there for nothing in less than
Cheung Chau Island (Not sure if this is the correct spelling)
A rural island about 30min by ferry from Kowloon. This island has ~30,000 people but there are no cars there (except for some government trucks and ambulances). Basically, the roads are too narrow so everyone rides bikes or walks.
Cheung Chau Island: There are no cars on the entire island except some government vehicles and some mini ambulances!