"CHEUNG CHAU - A Fascinating Island" Cheung Chau by vigi

Cheung Chau Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 53 photos

Hometown of Olympic Gold Medal winner

Cheung Chau is well equipped with water-sports facilities including canoeing and windsurfing. This is the training ground for San-san, Hong Kong's first Olympic Gold Medal winner.

Inhabited for at least 2,500 years by fisher folk and serving as a haven for smugglers and pirates until the 1920s, Cheung Chau still supports a sizable population of fishing families, and fishing remains the island's main industry. Alonge the water front where the ferry lands, lots of vendors sell fish, lobster, vegetables, and soveniors. The village itself is a fascinating warren of narrow alleyways, food stalls, open markets, and shops selling everything from medicinal herbs and incense to noodles, rice, haircuts, and - a reflection of the island's increasing tourist trade -sun hats, sunglasses, and beach toys.

Don't Miss Out the SEAFOOD

Despite its name (Cheung Chau means "Long Island"), Cheung Chau is a tiny, dumbbell-shaped island (only 2.5 km sq./1 sq. mile), with more than 25,000 residents concentrated in a thriving fishing village. There are no cars on the island, making it a delightful place for walking around and exploring rural village life. The island is especially popular with Chinese families for its rental bicycles and beach, but my favorite thing to do here is to walk the tiny, narrow lanes, walk up the cave, and must not be miss out the fresh fresh seafood there!

Bun Festival - Experience a Cultural Shock!

Said to be a hundred years history, every year in May all people on the island celebrated the BUN FESTIVAL. A celebration dominated by sweet buns is quite a spectacle, and it is one not to be missed.

Enormous bamboo towers studded with sweet bun and opera shows dominate the grounds near the Pak Tai Temple, where the main festivities take place. The festival that lasts for about a week climaxes with a large, colourful street procession, which features costumed children on stilts in a carnival atmosphere that winds its way through the streets.

  • Last visit to Cheung Chau: May 2003
  • Intro Updated May 27, 2004
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  • traveltrish's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2006 at 9:13 PM

    I agree Virginia - this is a fascinating, gorgeous island!!

  • spanishguy's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2006 at 10:48 AM

    One more nice page about Hong Kong! I loved the festival pictures.

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2006 at 10:18 PM

    Great tips and photos, Virginia :-) I'm in Hong Kong at the moment and thinking of taking the ferry across to Cheung Chau tomorrow. Best wishes, Jonathan.

  • Audrey118's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2003 at 10:47 PM

    ya - I always watch TVB movies at our cable tv in KLumpur...and the HKies always go to Cheung Chau to walk around the beach...and yes - i wanna eat those yee tarn and some with curried sauce as well...yum yum.

  • Nobbe's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2003 at 6:52 AM

    Never heard about this place before, but it seems very nice!! =)

  • Guantanamera's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2003 at 8:01 PM

    Cool page... and the outfit you wore was very festive and fashionable at the same time...!

  • zumodemango's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2003 at 3:01 AM

    interresting, colorful and beautiful pages!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2003 at 12:37 AM

    The Bun Festival looks like loads of fun! I would love to see a Lion Dance! Great page about this island!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2003 at 7:59 PM

    Looks like a great time. And I must say what nice buns you have!

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    May 12, 2003 at 10:11 PM

    Salted fish as a souvenier??? Don't you eat your souvenier !!! The Bun Festival looks crazy, but who's BUNS are they?? The Bun Festival is that where the original "getting your buns off" expresion comes from??

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