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Island escape: 7 things to do on Cheung Chau

Coconuts Hong Kong
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Cheung Chau

When the balmy bustle of Hong Kong gets too much, the easy breezy island of Cheung Chau calls.

Just a hop, skip and a 40-minute ferry ride from Central Pier 5, a day of doing nothing in this laidback land is the perfect tonic for stressed-out city slickers. But if you simply can’t live without a busy schedule, here are seven things to do on Cheung Chau.

Cycling along the coast

Feel the power of pedals

One of Cheung Chau’s many selling points is the complete absence of cars, save for a few emergency vehicles and the odd village vehicle. While you can easily walk around the entire island in an afternoon, those with a need for speed can avail themselves of one of the many bicycles for rent outside the ferry terminal. Follow Sai Tai Road to the southwest for some lovely coastal scenery. And as Cheung Chau is largely flat, you’re in no danger of subjecting yourself to much of a workout.

Tung Wan

Bum around on the beaches

Cheung Chau has a beach scene for everyone. Just a five-minute stroll from the ferry terminal, Tung Wan is the island’s largest and most popular stretch of sand, complete with toilets, showers and changing facilities, shops bursting with floaties and enough surrounding snack stores to keep you in mortal danger of swimming cramps for the entire day. Those that like their beaches a bit more rough-and-ready can hop over the rocky headland to Kwun Yam, where the surfers and windsurfers ply the waves before a pint and a bite at the aptly named Windsurfer Cafe. If that’s not chilled enough, there are several sandy bays dotted around Cheung Chau with no facilities but plenty of peace and quiet.

Ancient rock carving

Marvel at ancient rock carvings

Located on the rocky headland at the eastern end of Tung Wan Beach, these ancient rock carvings were declared monuments of Hong Kong after being stumbled upon by a geologist in 1970. Now protected by a glass box, which admittedly makes photography a bit of a trial on sunny days, the sandstone blocks are thought to have been chiselled around 1000 BC.

Man getting in the Cheung Po Tsai Cave

Make like a pirate in Cheung Po Tsai Cave

Always be yourself, unless you can be a pirate, in which case, be a pirate! Those that live and die by this very sensible motto will be pleased to hear that Cheung Chau has some solid buccaneering credentials. Cheung Po Tsai, a marauding 18th century outlaw often described as a sea-sodden Robin Hood, used to stash his loot in this Cheung Chau cave Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info . Visitors with overactive imaginations can enter the cave and think of the treasures that once lined its walls. Mind you don’t lose your peg leg in the sand, though.

The Mini Great Wall

Feel big on the Mini Great Wall

Why go all the way to Mainland for your Great Wall experience? While not trying to emanate its big sister in all seriousness, Cheung Chau’s Mini Great Wall is not just a contradiction in terms. It’s also a very pleasant promenade. Part of the Cheung Chau Family Trail, which runs for 850 metres behind Kwun Yam Beach and the Chi Ma Hang headland, this walking path gets its name from the granite railings along its edge, which kind of look like those of the Great Wall, if you squint.

The Mini Great Wall

Built in 1997, Cheung Chau’s Mini Great Wall may lack the history and majesty of its namesake, but it does boast some gorgeous coastal views and some bluntly named rocks, including Human Head Rock, Tortoise Rock and Vase Rock.

Pak Tai Temple

Temple hop without getting culture fatigue

Temple-hopping in Cheung Chau offers history and culture in manageable bite-sized form. First on your hit list should be the stunning Pak Tai Temple Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , built 200 years or so ago in honour of the Taoist God of the Sea. It is here, under the colourful dragon-guarded ceramic roof, that the main activities of Cheung Chau’s famous Bun Scrambling Festival take place on the eighth day of the fourth lunar month each year. Also around 200 years old and still in use is the Tin Hau Temple, which, in a solid show of gender equality, pays homage to the Goddess of the Sea. Check out the ancient Qianlong era (1736–1796) bell inside and the nice view from the terrace out back. A more modern addition is the 1973 Kwan Kung Pavilion, built to big up Kwan Kung, a Han dynasty general who was later deified as the God of War. On display is Kwan Kung’s sword and an eight-foot image of the mighty man carved from a single camphor tree.

Eat your weight in fresh seafood

Being an island of fisherfolk, Cheung Chau naturally has some of the best and freshest seafood in the whole of Hong Kong. Stroll down Pak She Praya Road and take your pick of the multitude of restaurants, as you really can’t go wrong. The catch of the day will be writhing around in street side tanks. All you have to do is make a selection and decide how you want it cooked.

If your trip to Cheung Chau leaves you wanting more, fear not, Hong Kong has plenty of island life and beach vibes to offer!

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