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“Samtorini of Hong Kong?”
Review of Cheung Chau Island

Cheung Chau Island
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$90.48*
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Cheung Chau (Long Island) Tour with Dim Sum lunch
Ranked #30 of 815 things to do in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
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“Samtorini of Hong Kong?”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

Cheung Chau is a popular island escape from Hong Kong crowded busy city life. Best to avoid summer as it is very hot & humid. Best time to visit should be in May to see the Cheung Chau Bun Festival. Highlights include Parade of Floats and the Bun Mountain competition. It is a very colourful Chinese rural festival to celebrate the birthday of the Chinese goddess of heaven. You must try the signature (longevity) bun. You can go for a day trip as it is a relatively small island just at most one hour ferry ride from Hong Kond Island Central Pier. If you want to stay a night during the festival, you should book your hotel room a few months in advance. Cheung Chau used to be a fishing port but with the decline of fishing industry now it caters more to daytrippers. There are many Chinese seafood restauranrs and a few western restaurants. Unfortunately some of the Chinese restaurants have become kind of tourist oriented at the cost of inconsistent food quality at the price of a tourist set lunch menu. So it is kind of caveat emptor or a matter of luck regarding picking a good testaurant to eat. Real food serendipity is the variety of yummy local snacks sold by roadside stalls along the walk from the ferry pier to the East Bay on the other side of the island. Must try includes the freshly hand made fried (curry) fish balls, classic Chinese desserts (sold by piece in variety, e.g. red, green bean or water chester cake) and the Japenese red bean cake. There is a McDonald's and convenience stores right opposite the ferry and a small supermarket nearby so you don't need to bring anything for your day trip. Cheung Chau is a full living island community with schools, clinics. markets, churchs, temples, fishing fleet and the like, in addition to sandy beaches and small hills. You can also rent a bike. Cars are not allowed and you only find 'mini' fire engine, ambulance and police patrol cars on the narrow streets. The most famous legendary character is Cheung Po Tsai, a pirate who used to use Cheung Chau as its base.

Visited May 2013
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“seafood heaven”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

We decided to get away from the city and spend on night in cheng chai, have been before for the day. Nice scenic ferry trip over, although rained, great HK views from the ferry.

Stayed in the only B & B, very basic but cheap and great breakfast. Seafood resturants on the front are fabulous and cheap. Lots of lovely fresh dishes to choose from, amazing value for money.

Cheng chau is a lovely island that is worth a visit, especially for a day trip. Walk around the side streets and take in local life, on of the reasons I love HK

Visited March 2013
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“Laid back vibe but watch for bikes, rickshaws and trolleys laden with goods”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Visiting on a Saturday in September, we took the fast ferry to CC island and the slow ferry back. The difference is 15 minutes between the two, however both our boys felt ill on the fast ferry so it was worth the extra 15min to go on the slow one. We arrived around 10.30am, which was relatively quite still as most workers do a half-day in the morning. We headed straight for the beach on the other side of the island from ferry terminal and rented an umbrellas and 2 chairs. If you're happy to bring your own towel, turn right and head fr the shady trees. The water and beach is littered with detritus, even though the workers try to rake up and fish out any rubbish before the crowds arrived. It didn't make any difference though. The crowds started arriving at 12.30pm just as we headed off to clean up and get lunch. We went to a seafood place where we could choose our own seafood and send it next door to the restaurant to be cooked as we liked. The place has a quaint feel but you have to be on the lookout for bicycles and men pushing trolleys of goods through the narrow lanes. The fruit ices were a great snack option for our kids, as were the roasted cuttlefish.

Visited September 2013
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“Good chill-out trip”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Want to great away from all the hustle & bustle of HKG take a ferry ride to Cheung Chau Island. It's a relaxing location where you can go for a swim, eat with the locals, hire a bike. You get to see a bit of the scenery on the ferry trip.

Visited November 2012
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“Escape from the Busy Day”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Cheung Chau is great place for having holiday, especially in the overcrowded busy city. There is no car driving around and the air is much better than in the city. You can rent a bike go around. You can rent a house and spent a day moving around and try the local restaurant.

Visited January 2013
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