Cheung Chau is the most charismatic of Hong Kong’s outlying islands – part fishing village, part commuter dormitory. The B&B stands more or less in the middle, half way between the beach and the harbour, surrounded by a maze of alleyways chock full of temples, tiny cafes, and one-of-a-kind shops that resound to the click of the abacus.
First, the bad news: no sea views. Go for a deluxe room if you want to look out on the garden, or a suite (double bed plus sofa bed) for more space. The décor is exuberant, splashing colours together with what used to be called gay abandon. Bathrooms are not overlarge – treat them as an anthropological insight into Hong Kong living.
The dining room is more like a corridor with tables. The 360-degree view roof terrace is ideal for bagging a few rays by day, a sundowner, or some midnight stargazing.
Eating and drinking
American Breakfast (included in the room rate) is the sum of B&B’s culinary offerings. But step outside and there are simply dozens of restaurants, from (groan) McDonald’s by the ferry pier to a Japanese snack shop next door where there’s a sizeable queue six days out of seven. Seafood on the waterfront is nigh compulsory.
Nil - but Cheung Chau is home to Hong Kong's only Olympic gold medallist, hence the popularity of windsurfing and other water sports. The beach is three minutes' walk away.
Matey if not super speedy. Comprehensible – rather than the Queen’s – English spoken here.
Who stays there
Deluged with young and rather amorous couples at weekends; less busy during the week.
Sunday to Thursday works out cheapest.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Sporty types
Pros & Cons
- Fabulous location
- Minimalist rooms – size not décor