To get out of bustling Kowloon or Central district, you can hop on a boat to Cheng Chau island especially on a weekday for a relaxing ferry ride to this tiny island from the Macau Ferry Terminal at Central, Hong Kong Island. Take the faster boat than the slow ferry to reach well within the hour.
The island is shaped like a dumb-bell, two granite hills connected by a sandy beach. It is incredible to be able to walk from one sandy bay to the other in a matter of minutes. You can sunbathe or take a quick dip or just explore the island on foot.
There are the usual seafood restauarants, seafood products and souvenir shops, accommodation, local temple and narrow streets of this fishing town this small island.
Be sure you do not miss the last ferry boat if you want to stay late until dark nut not overnight on the island.
Cheung Chau is one of Hk's most charismatic islands. Shaped abit like a number eight, it is largely trees and private housing on each end, with most of the islands shops and eating places running along the skinny middle part. You can walk across this section in about a minute!
Anyway the beaches are sandy, and the whole atmosphere seems to be very calm and tranquil, and you really feel as if you have stepped into a completely different country to HK.
The seafood dishes are deee-lish, and a walk around the island offers stunning views over its neighbouring islands.
Get to Cheung Chau by ferry from pier 5 outlying islands ferry piers, Central.
In my opinion Cheung Chau is the most beautiful of all Hong Kong's islands.
It has quite a big main town with a harbour filled with colourful fishing boats and house boats. There is a very clean and lovely main beach and of course other beaches scattered around. There are many restaurants on Cheung Chau most specialize in Chinese food but there is also an Indian restaurant.
Have a stroll round Cheung Chau's fish market for a look at the day's catch.
Go on one of the islands many walks, for example The Mini Great Wall Walk is good for views and picnics.
Go and visit the island's famous pirate cave.
Then of course there is the famous temple where Cheung Chau's annual Bun Festival takes place. It is a lovely temple very well kept. I have never been to the actual festival due to the fact it is so, so crowded but it's traditional for people to climb up a big pole and grab buns down for good luck. This used to be a free for all but due to accidents is now organized and has fewer climbers. The festival is also famous for its floating children. Children in lovely traditional Chinese clothes being carried around in a procession.
This island, about an hour's ferry ride from HK Island, is very charming. No motorized vehicles are allowed on this island, though bikes abound (and it's quite cheap to rent one for the day). The island is dumbell shaped, and is actually quite large, with substantive amounts of wild(ish) forests on both ends. The middle, where more people stay, is a dense collection of villages centred around the fishing life. Seafood there is amazing. There are a few temples scattered around, with one being quite old. A well visited route exists for hiking around the central part of the island, complete with a couple of caves and small beaches. The longest beach on the island is on the far side of the island (when you get off the ferry, head straight).
Hiking, biking, eating, birding, fishing, swimming.. there are lots you can do. But it's also good to just do it in a relaxing pace, taking in the sights and sounds of a somewhat traditional rural Chinese town.
cheung chau is a great place for hiking, swimming, and dining. its a 1 hour ferry ride from central ferry piers at about 20 hk dollars. the ferry ride is breathtaking as well. i reccommend getting a map of cheung chau and following the hiking paths which point out the places of interest on the island including a pirates cave and various tin hau temples. the island is free of cars which makes it a good getaway from hong kongs busy streets. numerous restaurants can be found along the streets surrounding the ferry piers. if you are hiking stock up on replenishments at the main street before you set off and be careful of snakes and stray dogs. otherwise its a great place. afternoon bay is by far the best place for swimming. it can be found near the warwick hotel not far from the fery piers, about a 10 minute stroll.
Cheung Chau was the highlight of our Hong Kong trip. This small island is packed with beauty and charm. We loved wandering the narrow, meandering streets dotted with shops and houses. The foreshore had some delicious looking restaurants with stunning views. It had a village feel about it which was enhanced because there no cars on the island. The local school had an incredible position with a beach front. As a librarian I was also impressed with this little island's public library.
This place is a definite visit whilst in Hong Kong. Wished we'd gone there at night too. I'm sure it's magical.
Cheung Chau is a small island about 20 km SW of Hong Kong harbour. Basically it comprises two hills with a low flat isthmus in between, which is where most activities take place.
Cars are not generally allowed on the island, although the Police have one, and fire engines are one-man quad bike affairs, without any ladder. Luckily theren't many high-rise buildings here.
There are a couple of beaches, although not particularly good quality.
Best reason to come here are the fish restaurants - they are all along the water frontage, and offer superbly good freshly caught, freshly cooked fish and shellfish.
A trip to Cheung Chau island is great to get away from the hustle and bustle of Kowloon and Hong Kong island.
Cheung Chau island is 10km west from Hong Kong island and to get there you catch the ferry from the Outlying islands pier in Central, reached by turning right after coming off the Star ferry and walking alongside the waterfront. It takes about 35-55 minutes to get there, depending on whether you take the slow or fast ferry.
Cheung Chau is a lovely island with nice walks either along beaches or through paths of vegetation and there are no vehicles except bicycles on the island. It has an old-fashioned traditional feel to it, with it's picturesque harbour and small side streets. Don't miss the Pak Tai temple. There are also many other things to see including a couple of pavillions/temples, and rock formations.
A famous place for seafood. You can choose all the seafood by yourself and then go to any restaurants, they'll cook them base on your decisions. The restaurant will charge you for the cooking, it's around HKD30 per dish. Try to bargain and search before you buy the seafood because prices are different among shops.
To find this temple, you turn left from coming off the ferry, walk along the waterfront and it is on the right.
The temple is dedicated to Pak Tai, the protector of fishermen. Every year the Bun festival is held in the temple, where buns are offered to the ghosts. The link below tells you the story of this festival. The temple was built in 1783. You can see lovely ceramic figurines on the roof ridges.
Cheung Chau Island is the perfect place to get away from the crowds and madness of the City. No cars allowed on the Island just bikes and small vehicals that look like somthing from toyland, look out for the local ambulance, well funny!. The 'main road' near the ferry terminal is just full of the nicest seafood places to eat, look for 'Fat Larry's' there we had the freshest tastiest lobster ever and it's cheap to. Betty archers pub and cafe is a cracking place if you miss the taste of england. Betty i adopted as my chinese mum as she cooks a pukka meat pie and chips and serves a good beer. Hope she is still there as it's been a longtime since i was there and things change. There's an old temple there worth looking at and a good walk to the top of a hill over looking the whole Island. Try to go when the 'bun festival is on.
WHAT AN AMAZING DAY - YOU MUST VISIT THE SMALL ISLAND OF CHEUNG CHAU BY CATCHING A FERRY FROM PIER NO5 ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND TAKING THE 30 MIN RIDE. WE ARRIVED ON THE ISLAND AND THE CHILDREN WERE BEING MADE UP, THE GIGANTIC BUN TOWERS WERE ERECTED AND WE EVEN SAMPLED SOME BUNS FROM THE PARADE. CHINESE DRAGONS, PROCESSIONS, MUSIC. YOU MUST LEAVE HONG KONG ISLAND BEFORE 103OAM AS THE QUEUES FOR THE FERRY ARE VERY LONG. FESTIVAL LASTS UNTIL ABOUT 8PM. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! MY BEST EXPERIENCE OF HONG KONG!!! THE TOURIST BOARD HAVE DETAILS OF THE FESTIVAL DATES.
Cheung Chau Island, has the shape of a dump bell, and is situated 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) southwest of Hong Kong Island. It's a small island of just 2.5 square kilometres. But it's one of the most crowded of all the outlying islands, with a population of around 30.000. And then to think that Cheung Chau means "long island", but in a sense that is true, it's long and narrow when you look onto the map.
Also historically, this island is seen as one of the oldest islands in Hong Kong, it used to be a fishing village occupied by pirates. Already 2.500 years ago it was inhabited by a fishing community.
With its natural beauty - the wide and deep bays, the island became the marketplace where fishermen and merchants get together, and it's a popular tourist hot spot favoured by day trippers.
We spend here a nice small day exploring this tiny island by bike. The narrow streets, the temples and the sights make this island worth while to spend an relaxing day.
You can find more photos on my Cheung Chau page.
The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is around the Buddha's birthday. The whole island celebrates it and it's climax reach when there is a big procession on the Buddha's birthday. It has nothing to do with the buddha. It's only the last few years they decided to have the procession held on a public holiday so everyone can enjoy. Multi-storey tall bun towers, bakers busy at steaming buns, Chinese opera and taoist pray and ceremony.... you just have to experience it.
HK consists of a lot of little islands, some of which are vey nice and uncrowded! You can go hiking and biking on some of the islands, and some of the beaches are much nicer! You don't get the polluted air that you do on the main Island....so if you have time, go check it out....it's definitely worth the trip!