Cheung Chau Activities
What to Do in Cheung Chau
A trip to Cheung Chau Island means visitors will have a chance to explore the charm of local life as well as to admire the countryside of Hong Kong Territory.
A hike up one of its hills on a clear day makes it easy to spot Lantau, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon across the sea. Fun activities in Cheung Chau include swimming, kayaking, surfing, sightseeing and trekking.
Beaches in Cheung Chau
First-time visitors will have already heard a lot about Tung Wan Beach (located near the ferry), the most popular beach in Cheung Chau. Many find it a reasonable place but there are better and quieter beaches around the island including Kwan-yin Wan Beach, Tai Kwai Wan and Tung Wan Tsai beaches on the northern end of the island.
There are lifeguards on duty at the island’s main beaches during the day. If you plan to visit any of Cheung Chau’s Beaches, try to avoid the weekends and holidays.
Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre
Check out Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre (CCWC) if you want to rent a kayak or surfing gear. It is located on a tiny headland between Cheung Chau's two main beaches, Tung Wan Beach and Kwun Yam Wan Beach. Ask for Lai Kan, the centre's owner, teacher, island legend and pioneering windsurfer.
On CCWC’s second floor there is an open-air bar, a popular place reserved not only for surfers but open to all. They also welcome big groups for private BBQ parties with advance booking.
- Location: Good surfing on the east coast of Cheung Chau
- Address: No.1 Hak Pai Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2981 8316
Many visitors are also lucky enough to visit Cheung Chau during the annual Bun Festival in springtime. It is a chance to enjoy one of the best traditional Chinese performances, the Chinese Opera. The costumes and the choreography alone are fascinating and as for the story line, there's no need to worry about it as even if it is all in Chinese you'll be able to follow.
At the same event, you will also witness extraordinary shows including lion dances and colourful parades. Another highlight of the festival is when local kids dress up like Chinese gods and angels and parade around as if they were floating along the road. It truly is an amazing sight. Read More...
- Location: Pak Tai Temple
Hire a bicycle or a two-seater tricycle from the shops nearby the pier for exploring the island at leisure. Cheung Chau is tiny and its streets are very narrow, so walking around is also another enjoyable way to explore the territory.
It's actually easy to end up in someone's back yard or garden by accident here but the locals are extremely friendly and even encourage photography.
- Location: Start on the flat western side near the ferry
Trekking in Cheung Chau Island
There are a lot of friendly scenic trails here and there on Cheung Chau and they usually come with good signage. To walk the whole island will take about four hours or less. The charm is no matter which way you head; up a hill, into wooded areas or along the coastline, you will never really get lost or be far from the ferry dock.
Each trail will eventually lead you to the island's well-known landmarks like the Ancient Rock Carving, the Mini Great Wall, temples as well as small bays, beaches, villages and a few hilltop pavilions.