Cheung Chau Island

Attraction Southwest of Hongkong Island, Hong Kong, China Published on: 01-08-2016

3 hours
09:00 AM
12:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Cheung Chau Island has long been one of Hong Kong’s most popular island retreats. Cheung Chau’s highlight attraction is traditional village.

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Why Cheung Chau Island is special ?

Cheung Chau Island has been a fishing village since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). All day long the ports are busy with the comings and goings of the fishing boats. In the evening, the port is awash with the soft light of the setting sun. Wherever you look, day or night, you are seeing a beautiful picture. The island is peaceful and moves calmly through each day, providing tourists a pleasant place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city-life.

Like most islands, recreation is easily found on these luscious beaches and along the baysides. Two very notable beaches are Tung Wan Beach and Kwun Yam Wan Beach. Tung Wan Beach is the surfside bathing area and features lovely cabarets and wonderful tourist residences. Kwan-yin Wan Beach is known for its aquatic sports recreation areas. Both of these beaches are main attractions for the tourists who flock here in great numbers in summer.

What to explore at Cheung Chau Island?

Perhaps the best scenic viewing spot here is the Beitiao Pavilion. This pavilion is uniquely designed and allows visitors a complete island view. Take a walk in the interior which is filled with lush, green foliage.

On the southwest tip of the island is Cheung Po Tsai Cave. Ancient legends say that it used to be the place where Cheung Po Tsai, a pirate with an ill reputation, hid the money he robbed. Many people, flashlights in hand, visit this cave every year.

If you want to take part in a glorious, joyful festival. Come on April 15th and 16th (dates are according to the Chinese calendar so double check each year), for the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. In ancient times, a devastating epidemic attacked the people of the island, who held the first Bun Festival in an attempt to clear their little homeland of disease. The epidemic suddenly disappeared and ever since the festival is held every year. It is a large-scale traditional festival attracting a large number of tourists because of the large parade and ongoing celebrations that fill all the streets and alleys.


How to get to Cheung Chau Island?

Catch a ferry from Central Pier 5 (get out from MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1and walk through ifc mall).

Service Hours:

Central to Cheung Chau Island: 00:30 to 23:45 (Monday to Saturday); 00:30 to 23:55 (Sunday and public holidays)

Cheung Chau Island to Central: 02:20 to 23:45 (Monday to Saturday); 02:20 to 23:30 (Sunday and public holidays)


Selling points

  • “Great Hike on Cheung Chau Island”
  • “Fascinating Island in Hong Kong”
  • “Gem of an island”
  • “Getaway from the busy city”
  • “Lovely and peacefull place”
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  • Ferry was easy to get, fare was cheap and it took around 40minutes.
  • Lots of little shops and restaurants to explore.
    Things to do
  • Once on the Island there are no cars, so you have to walk around the Island to see things.
    Things to do
  • The fishing village offers plenty of seafood choices
  • The main town is really busy from noon to 8pm with day visitors and is fairly empty outside those hours.
  • On weekend, the line to catch the ferry home may be hundreds of people long.
  • If your plan is to go, avoid the weekend
  • If you have an Elder Octopus (MTR) card the ferry is only $HK2.00 each way.
  • The sunset at the pier was majestic and beautiful.


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Great beaches and convenient ferry access make this island one of the best from Central Hong Kong.

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The ferry ride from HK to Cheung Chau was long (~45 mins); so we caught some zzzz's on the relaxing boat ride. Cheung Chau reminds you of a Chinese version of a small town fishing village you would find in any European city along the mediteranean coast. Everyone is laid back & the main mode of transport is by bike. Even senior citizens riding along w/ their umbrellas hauling a large basket of fresh seafood; politely ringing their bells alerting they are coming through.There are 2 temples dedicated for fishermen blessings & a beautiful swimming beach (clean, clear water & sand); manned by @ least 2 lifeguards. Fronting the beach, some construction for a resort-style hotel is in the works. There are local B&Bs that we'd like to try for 1 night next time; so that we have more time exploring the island by bike. Lots of shops selling souvenirs & plenty of seafood restaurants w/ the freshest ingredients.

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This beautiful island got a very nice beach!! Very crowded all the time I guess. When I was there it was very hot so I could not do all the things I wanted to.

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there is not much to buy souvenir wise, but this is an awesome experience of daily life on one of the islands. There are no cars on this island and plenty of walks around the island. There are a few interesting sites to see, catch a local sanpan(boat) round to the other side and walk back to the ferry pier. The bun festival is the best time to go

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