Cheung Chau Island
10 kilometers (approx. 6.2 miles) southwest of Hong Kong Island lays the Cheung Chau Island. Although it is only a small area, it has a comparatively large population of more than 20,000 people. The residents live mainly in the middle part of the island where the land is low. Because this little island is shaped like a dumbbell - large at its two ends and narrower in the middle - it is also named 'Dumbbell Island'.
Cheung Chau Island has been a fishing village since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). All day long the ports are busy with the comings and goings of the fishing boats. In the evening, the port is awash with the soft light of the setting sun. Wherever you look, day or night, you are seeing a beautiful picture. The island is peaceful and moves calmly through each day, providing tourists a pleasant place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city-life.
Perhaps the best scenic viewing spot here is the Beitiao Pavilion. This pavilion is uniquely designed and allows visitors a complete island view. Tired of luxurious beach and cabaret life? Take a walk in the interior which is filled with lush, green foliage.
On the southwest tip of the island is Cheung Po Tsai Cave. Ancient legends say that it used to be the place where Cheung Po Tsai, a pirate with an ill reputation, hid the money he robbed. Many people, flashlights in hand, visit this cave every year. Perhaps one day, someone will discover Cheung Po Tsai's treasure!
How do you get to this wonderful little island? Take a ferryboat from the Zhonghuan wharf to Cheung Chau. This hour-long trip is a gentle bridge from one world to another.
Central to Cheung Chau Island: 00:30 to 23:45 (Monday to Saturday); 00:30 to 23:55 (Sunday and public holidays)
Cheung Chau Island to Central: 02:20 to 23:45 (Monday to Saturday); 02:20 to 23:30 (Sunday and public holidays)
|Monday to Saturday||Slow Ferry (about 1 hour)||HK$13.2 / common; HK$20.7 / deluxe|
|Fast Ferry (about 35-40 mins)||HK$25.8|
|Sunday and Public Holiday||Slow Ferry (about 1 hour)||HK$19.4 / common; HK$30.2 / deluxe|
|Fast Ferry (about 35-40 mins)||HK$37.2|