Located southwest of Hong Kong Island, charming Cheung Chau Island has long been a favorite day-trip destination of locals. Known for its beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, traditional temples, and laidback village vibe, Cheung Chau offers an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.The Basics
Step back in time and experience a slower pace of life on this car-free, dumbbell-shaped island. Walk or bike past little alleys with quaint shops and local temples such as Tin Hau Temple, dedicated to the goddess of the sea, and Pak Tai Temple. Explore the former hangout of notorious pirate Cheung Po Tsai, or see ancient Bronze Age rock carvings. Nature lovers will enjoy the beautiful beaches, hikes, and scenic lookouts on the island, while water-sports enthusiasts can swim, kayak, surf, and windsurf, then sate their appetites with some fresh seafood along the waterfront.
Explore Cheung Chau independently or on a guided tour that includes stops at top island attractions such as Pak Tai Temple, Tung Wan beach, and Cheung Po Tsai Cave. Things to Know Before You Go
- Visitors can obtain a free Cheung Chau map near the ferry pier.
- Don’t forget a swimsuit and a towel for water activities.
- Wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen and bring plenty of water if you plan on hiking.
- Bring a flashlight if you plan to explore Cheung Po Tsai Cave.
How to Get There
Cheung Chau is located southwest of Hong Kong Island. Take the MTR to Central Station or Hong Kong Station, then walk over to Central Pier 5. Catch either the ordinary ferry, which takes about an hour, or the fast ferry, which takes about 35 minutes, to Cheung Chau. When to Get There
Cheung Chau can be visited year-round. It can get crowded on weekends and public holidays, so visit during the week for smaller crowds. A festive time to visit is in late April or early May, when the annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival is held. Cheung Chau Bun Festival
The annual Cheung Chau Bun Festival is held in honor of the deity Pak Tai, said to have driven evil spirits away from the island. Lasting for several days, the festival includes ceremonies, performances, a parade, lion dances, music, and the bun competition, where competitors try to collect as many buns as possible from tall towers covered with steamed buns.