Hong Kong is a crazy busy town and after a few days there, every country girl or boy will want a small break from the hassle which is why Cheung Chau Island is the subject for today’s blog post. This amazing little island in the middle of nowhere is just the perfect place for a relaxed afternoon or even a weekend get-away.
Cheung Chau was before just a small village but is now a favorite place for Hong Kongers to shut down their 24-hour noisy phones and just breathe fresh air while listening to the sea. Aren’t you feeling relaxed already?
Okay, well, then let me tell you how to get there. First, you take the subway to Central Station, get off and walk towards the piers. Walk down to pier 5 and buy a ticket from the ticket lady. The exact price is 13.2 HK Dollar for the ordinary ferry which takes 1 hour to get there. Who said everything in Hong Kong was expensive, right?
The ferry is big and it’s easy to get a good seat for the view. The ferry will slowly move out of the harbor and all the massive buildings will become smaller and smaller in the horizon until at one point, all of them are gone and the only thing you can see is the sea and small islands with mountains. Wow!
When arriving at Cheung Chau Island, you can rent a bike, enjoy a lunch full of fresh sea food or walk around the small alleys buying delicious dried fish and other funny souvenirs.
After shopping, walk through town (not more than 10 minutes) until you reach the beach on the opposite side. The clear blue water and the scenic landscape will make you speechless.
If you follow the beach to your left (when facing the sea), you’ll reach a trek which you can follow up and around the small mountain. The trek is not hard at all (I did it in slippers) but will take you through stunning nature, surround you with green trees and watch the blue water underneath you. You can walk the trek in like an hour or so (depends on your own personal speed of course) and be back at the pier to take the ferry back to Hong Kong center.
Cheung Chau Island is definitely worth a visit so if you have time, consider a visit to this adorable island in the middle of nowhere.
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