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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Temple-hopping in Cheung Chau offers history and culture in manageable bite-sized form. First on your hit list should be the stunning 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., 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
Being an island of fisherfolk, Cheung Chau naturally has some of the best and freshest seafood in the whole of Hong Kong. Stroll downand 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.