Recently I found myself back in Hong Kong, with most of the major tourist attractions ticked off my list I decided to do something a little different. Cheung Chau Island, although becoming more popular in recent years is somewhere that a lot of tourists bypass. I decided to get out of the city and see what this small island had to offer.
The ferry to Cheung Chau leaves from pier 5 in Central, there are two ferries, a fast service which takes 40 minutes and a slower one taking an hour. I chose the slower one as this ferry has open decks from where you can get some great views.
As we sailed to the island there were some pleasant views of the surrounding area which made the hour long journey pass by quite quickly.
Cheung Chau is primarily a fishing port and still has its own fishing fleet and as you approach from the water there are great views of the harbour and the many trawlers, junks and houseboats that fill it.
After leaving the ferry I headed up to the Mini Great Wall. As grand as it sounds it’s really just a path made from marble like blocks that follows the hilly coastline.
As I climb the path there are some superb views of the island below and out across to Lantau’s hills in the distance.
The views aside there are some incredible naturally sculpted rock formations along the path many of which have been given names like Vase Rock, Elephant Rock and Human Head Rock.
After a little more exploring I walk back into town and follow the signs to Tung Wan Beach, a popular spot on a hot day.
The main part of the town is bustling with locals and a handful of tourists, there are no motorised vehicles allowed on the island except for some service vehicles so bikes are a big part of life here and you’ll see them everywhere.
There are plenty of shops along the harbourside and in the surrounding streets selling all kinds of stuff.
One of the biggest things Cheung Chau is famous for is its seafood and the many restaurants that line the harbour offer up some fantastic dishes at very reasonable prices.
If you happen to visit around April / May time then look out for the famous Cheung Chau Bun Festival. Every year at this time the population of the island swells as locals and tourists gather to watch the rather odd spectacle of hundreds of people claw their way up the side of a 60ft bun tower to pick off bags of plastic buns. Bizarre? Yes, but fun.
Check out the Cheung Chau Ferry Schedule here.