One thing I love about Hong Kong is that it has so many picturesque islands, providing a fantastic getaway for people who are bored of the hustle-bustle urban life. Within a ferry ride of less than 1 hour, one can reach those beautiful islands from the piers in Central (or other locations).
On a sunny day like yesterday, we decided to go to this island called Cheung Chau Island, one of the most popular islands among both locals and tourists.
Hong Kong Tourism Board gives the background:
Cheung Chau (meaning “long island” in Cantonese) is one of the most popular of all the outlying islands. Shaped like a dumbbell, it is about a 30-55-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong’s Central District.
Cheung Chau is a picturesque island with a waterfront that bustles with activity. There are butcher shops and vendors selling fresh fish, shellfish, fruit and vegetables. The small local restaurants and food stalls do a brisk trade on the weekend. Of interest is the Cheung Chau Complex on the main road (Tai Hing Tai Road), part government offices and part wet market where you can pick up fresh seafood and have it cooked for you at a nearby restaurant.
Even on a workday, the island seemed to attract lots of tourists.
This Cheung Po Tsai Cave is an interesting cave that tourists can experience by themselves. Quoted from Hong Kong Tourism Board:
Visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to drop by the Cheung Po Tsai Cave, so-called after the local marauding pirate who hid there from authorities before he turned himself in.
One of the snacks that you must try on the island is red bean cake in this Hometown Teahouse, a small foodie allegedly ran by a Japanese. It’s located in Church Road.
In case you need a map:
Transportation: Catch ferry from Central Pier 5 (MTR Hong Kong Station Exit E1. Walk through ifc mall), there are normal ferry and speeding ferry. It takes around 50 minutes by the normal one, while it only take around 25 minutes by the speeding one. Reasonably, the speeding ferry charges 24HKD, twice the price charged by the normal one.