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10 Best Things to Do in Cheung Chau

What is Cheung Chau Most Famous For?

The list of things to do in Cheung Chau is mostly about getting back to nature, as the island is home to pristine beaches and mysterious caves with a interesting history. You'll notice that Cheung Chau lack in high-rise buildings and cars, as its roots are still in its fishing traditions dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644).

The many colourful fishing boats lining the pier and the harbour are evidence enough of the island's timeless setting. Some of the places Cheung Chau is famous for include rock carvings dating back to the Bronze Age, several pristine temples, and a yearly celebration that involves loads of sweet buns. 

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Cheung Chau rock carvings

The Cheung Chau rock carvings were discovered in 1970, and dates back to the Bronze Age. Located near Tung Wan Beach, the ancient rock bears geometric patterns that are similar to the rock carvings at Big Wave Bay.

Located below the Warwick Hotel on East Bay, a transparent glass enclosure protects the Cheung Chau rock carvings from the elements – photography is allowed. 

  • Location: East Bay, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
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North Lookout Pavilion

The North Lookout Pavilion offers one of the best views of Cheng Chau and the South China Sea. Built in traditional Chinese style, it's within a 20-minute walk of the ferry pier and there are stairways with handrails leading to the top. 

It's often featured in local TV shows, making it rather popular among locals. After enjoying the view, you can head down to Pak She Praya Road to enjoy a wide range of local seafood dishes. 

  • Location: North Lookout Pavilion, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
 

Cheung Po Tsai Cave

Cheung Po Tsai Cave is believed to be the place where a famous 19th-century pirate (Cheung Po Tsai) stored the loot that he and his men had plundered. Legend has it that Cheung Po Tsai had about 2,000 men and 600 junks under his command.

From this location, you'll have an excellent view of the coastline. The cave can get rather slippery, so wear a good pair of shoes and carry a torch if you're planning on a treasure hunt.

  • Location: Cheung Po Tsai Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
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Kwun Yam Beach

Kwum Yan Beach is where locals and expats come to enjoy water sports. It actually consists of 2 beaches, Tung Wan Beach and Kwum Yan Beach, which are separated by a small headland. The beach is home to the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre, where you can rent windsurfing, surfing and kayaking equipment.

From Tung Wan Beach, you can see Aberdeen and Lamma Island in the distance which look particularly attractive around sunset time. To reach Cheung Chau Island from downtown Hong Kong take the ferry from Central Pier 5 (40–60 minutes depending on the type of ferry).

  • Location: Cheung Chau Beach Road and Hak Pai Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
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Pak Tai Temple

Pak Tai Temple is dedicated to Pak Tai, the God of the Sea and patron saint of the local fishing community. Built in in 1783, the shrine features a traditional Chinese design, with beautiful ceramic tiles decorating the roof,  as well as stone sculptures of dragons. 

Pak Tai Temple has large images of Tao generals called Thousand Li-Eye and Favourable Wind Ear. Locals believe the two were able to see and hear anything, even at a distance. This temple is the central location of a yearly event called the Bun Festival (or Ching Chiu in Cantonese), which takes place during spring.

  • Location: Pak She Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
  • Tel: +852 2981 0663
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Tin Hau Temple

There are several Tin Hau temples on Cheung Chau, all of which honours the Goddess of the Sea and patron saint of fishermen. There's one not far from Pak Tai Temple, another located north of Morning Beach, and one on the southwest of the island.

Fishermen often go to these temples to seek protection and good fortune before heading out to sea. Tin Hau Temple gets very lively on Tin Hau's birthday, which falls on the 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month (usually in April). 

  • Location: Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
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