Cheung Chau

Price guide: Free

Outer Islands, Hong Kong

Price guide: Free

Cheung Chau
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By Ed Peters, your Hong Kong expert

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#2 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Hong Kong
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Foodies, Sporty types, Great views / scenery, History, People watching, Sightseeing

Best for Watersports - Expert review of Cheung Chau

High jinks rather than high-rise on Hong Kong's most distinctive outer island.

Cheung Chau - a pirate haunt in days gone by - is best known for its annual Bun Festival in May, when costumed children are paraded through the streets and the island's young bloods race each other up a bamboo tower to grab lucky buns. However, for my money, Cheung Chau is worth a visit any time of year. The narrow streets and alleyways lead from tiny shops and boutiques, past temples and old folks' homes, to neat little plazas and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. A seaside promenade snakes along part of the northwest coast of the island, and climbs up to what is known as The Peak, where a lot of Hong Kongers maintain weekend retreats. This is also the home of Hong Kong's only OIympic gold medallist (Lee Lai Shan) and there's a popular windsurfing school on the east coast. Numerous guest houses do brisk business at the weekends with young couples who probably don't get much sleep. And keep an eye open for the island's fire engine and ambulance, which look as if they could have been manufactured in Toy Town.

Price advice: 

Apart from the ferry fare (from HK$11.50 one way) this jaunt shouldn't cost you a cent.

Expert tips: 
The triple-decker ferry serving Cheung Chau has an open deck at the stern.

More information on Cheung Chau:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Beach, Island, Village
Address:
Outer Islands, Hong Kong
Website:
http://www.cheungchau.org
Months open:
All year round
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
Free tags / Keywords:
pirate

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Community comments (1)

Hong Kong's outer islands are great for a day-trip away from the madness of Kowloon and HK Island. I'd also put Lamma Island and Lantau Island in my top 5.

You can walk from top to bottom of pedestrianised Lamma Island in a couple of hours. Chill out on its beach, eat some world class seafood, look out for barking tree frogs, visit the best name for a site ever (Kamikaze Grottoes) and then get the ferry back to Central.