"CHEUNG CHAU - A Fascinating Island" Cheung Chau by vigi
Cheung Chau Travel Guide: 28 reviews and 53 photos
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.
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!
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.
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