Cheung Chau, meaning "Long Island," is a thoroughly endearing island, easily reached by ferry from central Hong Kong. It lies approxima... more »tely 12 kilometers to the southwest of Hong Kong Island and is separated from the Chi Man Peninsula of Lantau Island by the Adamasta Channel, which serves as a busy shipping lane for ferries and other shipping operating between Hong Kong to Macau and Pearl River Delta ports. The scenic ferry journey to reach Cheung Chau is one of the highlights of visiting this island.
The island is only two kilometers long and is dumbbell shaped, composed of two granite hills linked by a narrow central causeway--no more than 200 meters wide at points-- where most of its 24,500 inhabitants live. While the central area of Cheung Chau is one of the most densely populated areas of Hong Kong, the island has quiet rural areas of outstanding beauty in other parts. There are no motorized vehicles on the island other than small emergency and police vehicles and petrol-driven carts. Cheung Chau has been a major fishing port for centuries and still has a large fishing fleet.
The island is perhaps most famous for its annual Bun Festival (Jiao Festival), which includes a spectacular carnival and bun scrambling competition. The island also features a busy and colorful harbor, temples, beaches, narrow old alleyways and shopping streets, scenic trails, a pirate's cave and numerous harborside restaurants.
Visitors will find the relaxed pace of life and leisurely atmosphere of Cheung Chau a contrast to that of urban Hong Kong. This walk takes in points of interest and attractions mainly around the central and Sai Wan areas of the island in a half-day walking tour and is by no means all Cheung Chau has to offer. Visitors with more time will also find scenic trails and other points of interest extending across the whole island. less «