Cheung Chau Island
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,454 contributions
Mar 2021
For those who want to see a different side to Hong Kong, visiting one of the outlying islands is a great thing to do. Cheung Chau Island is one of the easiest and best to visit. It has all the old-world charm of a fishing village, with a colourful harbour, traditional temples, small roadside shrines and a string of local seafood restaurants along the waterfront.
The highlights of our most recent trip were swimming, a coastal walk along part of the Looped Family Trail and lunch at Pirate Bay, where the French owner does a whole roast chicken.
Rather than swim at the main Tung Wan Beach, we prefer to continue a little further around the headland instead to Kwan Yum Beach. It’s smaller but it’s also prettier, quieter and has the charming Hing See beach-shack bar.
GETTING TO CHEUNG CHAU: Public ferries run all day, roughly every 30 min from #5 Central Pier. It is only a short walk from HK MTR station and the piers are numbered in order, from 1-10 so it is easy to find the #5. If you don’t already have an Octopus travel card then you can buy tickets at the gate. There are 2 choices of ferries – the big, slow ferry or the smaller, fast ferry. Both leave from #5. The slow ferry takes just under an hour and is $14 HKD one way. The fast ferry takes half that and is $25 HKD. If you tend to get queasy on boats, the fast ferry is a much smoother ride and is a/c throughout. The advantage of the slow ferry is that you can sit outside. If you have the time, the slow ferry is a very cruisy and scenic trip.
Written 7 August 2021
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Elliott W
Hong Kong, China10 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
If you’re looking for great food, a good beach, and lovely nature views.

I went on a day trip to Cheung Chau island with some friends.

We started off the day by boarding the bi-hourly ferry to Cheung Chau in Central just before noon. The ferry service alternates between the slow ferry (only AC if you pay about 15 HKD more for upper deck access) and the fast ferry (AC for whole deck).

We arrived at Cheung Chau about 40 minutes later on the fast ferry, and immediately went to look for lunch. There were classic street food stalls, Japanese, cha chan teng, and more. We opted to get lunch at a small cha chan teng just next in-land from the main praya, and mango mochi for dessert at a stall next to the main praya.

After lunch, we opted for a hike Southward towards Cheung Po Tsai cave. Although we didn’t visit the cave, we took an alternate route down to the Po Yue cove where there were lovely views and nature there. Lots of people were biking around the island, but my friends and I were all too afraid of the heat to go for a bike.

We headed to the wonderful beach just before dinner for a splash. Even though it was a public holiday, the beach was still spacious enough for my friends and I to mill about and chill.

For dinner, we went back to the island centre and ate at a restaurant on the main praya. Averaging 100 HKD per person, we had an 8-course meal of seafood, chicken, veggies, rice and beer. It was not extremely filling, however, but that just means we could go for street food again after dinner.

We took a spacious slow ferry back to Central, opting for the upper deck with AC, tables, and comfortable lighting.
Written 7 April 2021
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Truthful Reviews
London, UK7,425 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
A great island. All sorts of good to eat from local fish to McDonald’s! A great island to hire a cycle of tricycle. Nice beaches although they were closed (people still on the beach though).

The ferry is an easy journey from 30 to 45 mins depending on the normal or fast ferry of your choice.

At traditional island much bigger than Tai O and nice beaches too.
Written 30 January 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China151,494 contributions
Oct 2020
We recently spent a good day hiking on Cheung Chau Island. This is popular weekend and holiday destination for many from the city seeking the relaxed environs of Hong Kong's outlying islands.

Cheung Chau is amongst the largest of the outlying islands and has over 20K inhabitants. It offers a half day or more of things to do/see/eat and even has a couple of hotels for those who prefer to overnight stays.

Cheung Chau is accessible by regular ferry service from Central at Pier 5. The ride is around 45-50 minutes. To avoid queues and busy ferries, we took an early departure just before 7am. The ferry was nearly empty, a much preferred situation for those preferring smaller group gatherings and social distancing. There are also ferries linking Cheung Chau to Mui Wo (Lantau Island) and sister island Peng Chau.

The island is 2.5 square kilometres and includes a loop trail covering the northern and southern sections of the island which intersects a busy village are in the middle, where you find the main ferry pier, 711, supermarkets, banks and a small collection of restaurants, cafes and seafood restaurants. The island lacks proper motor vehicles and is dominated by walkers and bikers. This is nice and means a much less noisy place, even when it is busy with pedestrian visitors.

Along the loop trail, you will find a beautiful harbour filled with boats, nice rural coastal areas, beach, strolls through wooded and casual village areas. It takes in several temples, ancient rock carvings, some boulder hoping and scampering and even a cave which was used by the infamous early 19th-century pirate Cheung Po Tsai. You can also spend time browsing the interesting narrow streets of the village.

All in all, we spent around 5.5 hours on Cheung Chau leisurely making our way along the loop trail and taking in most of the attractions along the route. We stopped in the village after completing the northern part of the island and bought morning breads from the famous bun shop called Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop just south of Pak Tai Temple. We also had a late lunch after completing the southern section trail and returning to the village. This was followed by an early afternoon ferry ride back to the city, ending a nice day trip to Cheung Chau.

Note: The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is held on the eighth day of the fourth moon of the Chinese Calendar (usually early May). This is an important festival time which sees vast numbers of visitors to Cheung Chau is is worth keeping mind for those interested in visiting at this time of year.
Written 28 October 2020
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xaxascorpio
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Oct 2020 • Solo
Excellent Coffee & Very Friendly Owner!!! Must try when you visit Cheung Chau!!! It never Disappoint me! Kudos to the owner!
Written 28 October 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,454 contributions
Sep 2020
Normally I would think of Cheung Chau as a day-trip – one of my favourite day-trips but a day-trip nonetheless. However, we recently had a 3 day ‘staycation’ with friends and surprised ourselves by managing to fill the time without a problem. We hired bikes, ate and drank a lot, went to the beach, hiked around the island, ate and drank some more, checked out temples and a pirate cave and wandered along the harbour enjoying the old-world charm of a traditional fishing village.

HIGHLIGHTS:
i) The North Lookout Pavilion hike – stunningly panoramic views from the highest point on the island
ii) Pak Tai Temple – free entry and largest Pak Tai temple on whole of Hong Kong
iii) Lunch at New Baccarat –I first ate at this local seafood restaurant opposite the boat harbour, about 15 years ago and it hasn't changed. It's still great & does a fabulous whole steamed fish.
iv) Drinks at Pirate Bay bistro/bar in afternoon
v) Cycling around the island

BIKE TIP: we got our bikes from Tin Tree House because they looked newer and included a proper padlock. They were cheap as chips at $60 HKD for the day. We had to leave a cash deposit and they needed to sight at least one person’s ID card. Very importantly, don't hire a bike without a padlock. You will often want to leave the bike to explore a trail or a lovely sandy bay and you’ll be constantly stuck trying to find a safe spot to leave the bike if you can’t lock it. To get here, turn left from ferry and walk, 5 – 7 min.

GETTING TO CHEUNG CHAU: Public ferries run all day, roughly every 30 min from #5 Central Pier. Central Pier is only a short walk from HK MTR station and Star Ferry. The piers are numbered in order, from 1-10 so it is easy to find the #5.
There is no need to plan ahead because you buy your ticket at the gate or use an Octopus card. You have two choices of ferries – the big, slow ferry or the smaller, fast ferry. Both leave from #5. The slow ferry takes just under an hour and costs $14 HKD one way. The fast ferry takes half that and is $25 HKD. If you tend to get queasy on boats, the fast ferry is a much smoother ride and is a/c throughout but the slow ferry has one big plus, ie you can sit outside and enjoy the view, making it a very cruisy and scenic trip.
Written 3 October 2020
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ketchuprarara
Hong Kong, China55 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
About half an hour for the ferry ride, here comes an island with lots of yummy food and breezy beach. Highly recommended to come on weekdays tho to avoid the crowds.
Written 15 September 2020
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Sureen Cheung
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Friends
Away from Hong Kong, Cheung Chau Island is a good place for people to relax and eat.Cheung Chau is an outlying island south of Lantau and other regions of Hong Kong.We can by ferry in Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau.Also,there have other pier to go another place.
The famous food in Cheung Chau maybe are the lucky buns and the different flavours of fish balls.I like eating original taste most.Also, Chuen Chau have lots of famous and popular activity,for example Bun Scrambling Contest and "floating colours”parade. Every year there are many travelers who come to Changzhou to watch these.
In the end, Changzhou is a very quiet place for people who are stressed at work or want to breathe fresh air.
Written 20 August 2020
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grace
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Friends
Cheung Chau island is an ideal destination for a day trip. Just a short ferry ride from Hong Kong island to Cheung Chau. In Cheung Chau, there is many delicious and unique which is so famous, like Cheung Chau big fish ball. After finished eating, you can go to the beach for relax.
Written 9 August 2020
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RS8888
Hong Kong, China738 contributions
Jul 2020
This is one of the bigger of the outlaying islands off the coast of Lantau. A self-walking tour is what needed and expansive tour package is not required. The island can be access via Central Pier No. 5 with ferries between 30 ~ 40 mins frequency. Fare are between HK$12.6 and HK$36 single trip, Weekdays / Weekends, Regular or Fast ferry.

Service Hours:
Central ›› Cheung Chau Island: 04:15am - 01:30am.
Cheung Chau Island ›› Central: 05:10am - 02:20am.

Secondary access to this island will be ferries from the Lantau island Mui-Wo Ferry terminal.
Schedule refer to Photos

The island is quite Commercialized which also means most tourist attractions are well accessible. However, as a tourist in a commercialized area, you will need to be more vigilant on what they are spending on.

Google Maps works very well on the island and 4G coverage is quite good. Some of the tourist attraction spots need a little mountain hike therefore Children and older individual are discouraged for those mountainous roads.

The town center offers lots of nice food and deserts both local and imported cuisines but a must try will be the seafood here. (Take note of what said earlier of been commercialized). This island is also a great place for a night stay over in one of the many Bed and Breakfast places around the town areas and also up in some of the satellite villages. For those who visit in summer and are mosquitoes magnets, it is not advisable for them to stay in those satellite villages.

Overall, it’s a good day’s adventure on this island.

• Due to Covid-19 period the beaches are close please refers to local websites for updated travel information.
Written 30 July 2020
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