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Charming Cheung Chau

This picturesque island, famous for its Bun Festival, is a favorite with locals and tourists
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.8 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Cheung Chau, meaning "Long Island," is a thoroughly endearing island, easily reached by ferry from central Hong Kong. It lies... more »

Tips:  Getting to Cheung Chau: The island can be reached by ferry from Central Pier 5 on Hong Kong Island. This pier is located about 200... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Cheung Chau Ferry Pier

Cheung Chau Ferry Pier is the arrival point for visitors to the island and is the starting point for this walk. Before reaching the pier the ferry passes through Cheung Chau's colorful and busy harbor and typhoon shelter, packed with junks, sampans, trawlers and other craft.

The pier exit leads out on to the island's busy promenade. Immediately... More

Cheung Chau Harbour is a colorful, vibrant, busy hive of activity day and night. Within the harbor are several piers and a typhoon shelter where sampans and other small craft busily scurry about among large ferries, cargo boats, trawlers, junks and houseboats. Along the praya (promenade), which runs the length of the harbor, are alfresco seafood... More

3. The Praya (San Hing Praya Street and Pak She Praya Road)

From the pier the walk follows San Hing Praya Street and Pak She Praya Road, which is the promenade running along the harborside north of the ferry pier. Along this street are many seafood restaurants, which are reasonably priced. These restaurants become extremely busy on weekends, when finding a table can sometimes be difficult. Continue walking... More

4. Pak Tai Temple Playground

Pak Tai Temple Playground located in front of Pak Tai Temple is the venue for the annual Bun Festival. The festival which dates back to 1894, is held in honor of the god Pak Tai. It commemorates the day the plague finally ended and is intended to pacify the spirits of the many residents who died during the outbreak.

During the festival a... More

5. Pak Tai Temple

Pak Tai Temple was built in 1783 but has undergone several renovations, the latest completed in 2003. It is dedicated to the god Pak Tai, known as "protector of fishermen," "guardian of peace" and "military protector." Pak Tai was credited ridding the island of the plague in the late 19th century.

The temple contains a statue of Pak Tai as well ... More

6. Pak She Street, San Hing Street and Old Colonial Post Box

From the temple one can explore some of Cheng Chau's quaint and narrow shopping streets by following Pak She Street, which continues as San Hing Street.

You'll find a wide variety of shops, including dried seafood shops, bakeries, green grocers, hardware merchants, electrical shops and Chinese paper offering. Near the junction of Pak She Street... More

7. Ancient Banyan Tree

The Ancient Banyan Tree on Tung Wan Road is worshipped as a symbol of Cheung Chau's prosperity and an altar stands beneath it. When a proposal was put forward to widen the road and cut down the tree such was the outcry that a restaurant on the opposite side of the road was demolished instead.

8. BB Cheung Chau

The popular B&B Cheung Chau, which opened in 2006, is located on Tung Wan Road, about a one-minute walk from the beach and a three-minute walk from the ferry pier. It provides excellent budget accommodations with modern, well-equipped and spotlessly clean--if small--rooms.

The guest house has 14 rooms and four suites located in its main... More

This quirky, tiny teahouse has become something of an institution on Cheung Chau since being featured in several guide books and magazines. It is located a few steps from the beach, just off Tung Wan Road next to the B&B Cheung Chau guest house. The teahouse is run by its charming Japanese owner Takahiko-san and her husband, who is an artist. ... More

10. Tung Wan Beach

Tung Wan Beach is the main beach on Cheung Chau. It has a narrow strip of good sands and is popular for swimming, windsurfing and canoeing. The northern end of the beach is overlooked by rather shabby holiday flats and at the southern end stands Cheung Chau's only hotel, the Warwick. There are public toilets, changing rooms and showers. Lifeguards... More

Warwick Hotel, located at the southern end of Tung Wan Beach, is Cheung Chau's only hotel. It is a three-star 63-bedroom hotel and most rooms have balconies overlooking the beach. Its restaurant is popular with locals particularly at weekend lunchtimes.
Warwick Hotel
East Bay
Cheung Chau
Hong Kong
phone: 852-2981-0081

12. Ancient Rock Carving

On Hak Pai Road, just below the Warwick Hotel, is an ancient rock carving discovered by a geologist in 1970. The Bronze Age carving, which is enclosed in a glass case, is believed to be about 3,500 years old and depicts animal images and geometric lines similar to those found on Bronze Age pottery. The carving faces out to sea and is said to... More

13. Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre

Just beyond the ancient rock carving is a helicopter landing pad used for emergency transportation to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. It sits in front of Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre at Kwun Yam Beach. The windsurfing center is famous for having produced Hong Kong's only Olympic gold medalist, Lee Lai-shan, known locally as "San-San." He was born... More

14. Kwun Yam Beach

Located next to the windsurfing center is Kwun Yam Beach. This beach is more sheltered and secluded than Tung Wan Beach and tends to be less crowded. This is the beach used by the windsurfing club and is also popular for kayaking and canoeing. The next stage of this walk follows the steps behind the changing rooms, which lead away from the beach... More

15. Cheung Chau Peak Road West, Cemetery and Crematorium

The steps from Kwun Yam Beach lead up to a junction of paths. Follow Fa Peng Road, ignoring any paths on the left, and continue past Cheung Chau Sports Ground. On the right will be a junction with Peak Road. Follow Peak Road to the left and continue along past residences, the Alliance Bible Seminary and a school. Then follow Peak Road West, which ... More

16. Sai Wan Harbour and Pier

Peak Road West descends and leads into Tsan Tuen Road, which runs through the Canadian-funded Self-Help Care Village to the picturesque Sai Wan Harbour and pier. The harbor is populated by sampans and small fishing boats and is the meeting point for Cheung Chau's dragon boat paddlers.

A sampan ferry service operates through the harbor to Cheung... More

17. Tin Hau Temple

From Sai Wan Harbour follow the signs for a short distance to the small Tin Hau Temple, which stands on the cliff above the typhoon shelter wall. The temple is one of four Tin Hau temples on Cheung Chau and is believed to have been built sometime in the early 1900s. The temple is not particularly remarkable but does have some elaborate porcelain... More

18. Cheung Po Tsai Cave

Continue to Cheung Chau Po Tsai Cave by walking along the footpath past the Tin Hau Temple and up a flight of steps to a pavilion, where a path descends to the cave via steps. Or follow the signs that lead up a set of steps between the temple and the pier.

Cheung Po Tsai Cave is believed to have been one several hideouts for notorious local... More

19. Typhoon Shelter

From the pirate's cave the walk returns to Sai Wan Harbour and then follows the typhoon shelter, which runs alongside Cheung Chau Sai Tai Road. This is where the annual Cheung Chau Dragon Boat Races take place during Tuen Ng Festival, which takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar (June on the Western calendar). Dragon... More

Cheung Chau Sai Tai Road is a pleasant straight stretch of promenade running alongside Sai Wan Harbour and the typhoon shelter. There are plenty of seats for visitors to take a break, relax and enjoy the picturesque views across the harbor and Adamasta Channel to Lantau Island. This a particulary good place from which to enjoy some stunning... More

21. Dragon Boat

Alongside Cheung Chai Sai Tai Road stands a dragon boat, a symbol of the dragon boat racing activity in the area. Visitors can usually beat the drum, although at the time of the author's last visit, the drum "hammer" was missing.

22. Tai Hing Tai Road

At the end of Cheung Chau Sai Tai Road the praya (promenade) continues as Tai Hing Tai Road. Continue along with the colorful harbur and fireboat station on the left before reaching the Buddhist Wai Yan Memorial College.

The road then passes several shops and cafes, including rental shops where bicycles and canopy-covered tricycles can be rented... More

23. Cheung Chau Public Pier

Located next to the main ferry pier, Cheung Chau Public Pier is where the walk ends. The pier is very distinctive with its white fabric canopy that was erected in 2005, following renovation of the pier. From here a local sampan ferry service operates to Sai Wan Pier (see Sai Wan Harbour and Pier above for details) and sampans also can be hired.... More