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.
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