Cheung Chau: Beautiful Scenery, Island Vibes & A Perfect Escape From The City
Located southwest of Hong Kong Island and just west of Lamma Island, Cheung Chau is a haven just a short ferry ride away from the bustling city. It was traditionally a fishing village, and you can still see remnants of its rich history; however, it is now also a major tourist attraction. Hong Kongers find this island both quaint and charming, and they frequent it regularly for relaxing day trips, or for fun-filled festivals such as the Cheung Chau Bun Festival.
Because we also love this island’s natural beauty, we have integrated our best tips and recommendations to bring you a complete one-day guide to Cheung Chau, with both walking and boating routes, so you can see Cheung Chau from multiple angles!
Whether it will be your first time exploring the island, or if you’ve already been several times but want to pick up some new ideas for your next trip, this article is for you!
1. Start the day off with an adventure!
Central Pier → Cheung Chau Pier (40 Minutes) → Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple (15 Minutes) → Cheung Po Tsai Cave (10 Minutes) → Stonehenge (5 Minutes) → Cheung Chau Pier Pedestrian Street (20 Minutes) → Cheung Chau Tung Wan & Kwun Yam Bay Beach (10 Minutes) → Cheung Chau North Temple (10 Minutes)
After disembarking from your ride from Central Pier to Cheung Chau Pier, veer right, past downtown Cheung Chau. Follow the signs for about 15 minutes, and you will reach Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple.
Keep walking for another 10 minutes, and you will arrive at Cheung Po Tsai Cave, a must-see destination in Cheung Chau.
A few minutes further along that same path, and you will see five crumbling boulders, the famous Stonehenge in Cheung Chau. There are also a few other cool-looking rock formations in the vicinity.
Head back for 20 minutes to reach Cheung Chau Pier Pedestrian Street to grab a bite of street food for lunch or go shopping.
After eating lunch, take a walk to digest it! A short walk along the pier will take you to Tung Wan Bay Beach, and another few minutes past that is Kwun Yam Bay Beach. Both spots feature clear water and sandy beaches, perfectly suited for leisure and water activities.
After a bit of cooling off in the water, it’s time to soldier on! Follow the signs for about 10 minutes, and you will arrive at Cheung Chau North Temple, your final stop on this particular route.
Central Pier → Cheung Chau Island Tour (2-4 Hours)
Going to Cheung Chau for a good time and to engage in a new experience, but don’t want to walk around all day? We highly recommend trying a round-the-island tour by boat!
This 360-degree boat tour is guided by local Cheung Chau people, so you know you’re getting the real deal! It is truly the best way to enjoy the island’s incredible sea views.
This tour includes Cheung Po Tsai Cave, West Bay Tin Hau Temple, White Pelican Bay, and some odd rock formations, all so you can see a different side of Cheung Chau.
You may be thinking, “I have been to Cheung Chau many times. What is so special about visiting again to see it all from a boat?”
Well, the boat captain can take you to places you can’t reach by foot, so you can explore the niche attractions that only Cheung Chau locals know, while the tour guide introduces them along the way.
You can also let us know what sights you want to see, and we can arrange the most suitable boat trip for you!
The boat can even be parked by the shore, so you can get off and explore further.
Cheung Chau can be visited by foot and by boat, and either way, it is an unforgettable experience!
2. Watch the sunset after a long day.
Central Pier → Cheung Chau Pier (40 Minutes) → Walking Tour/Adventure → North Lookout Pavilion (20 Minutes From Cheung Chau North Temple)
Departing from the North Temple of Cheung Chau, simply walk for 20 minutes along Cheung Chau Kau, and you will arrive at the North Lookout Pavilion.
This pavilion is the highest viewpoint in Cheung Chau and is definitely a good place to watch the sunset!
Central Pier → Cheung Chau Island Tour (2-4 Hours) → Sunset On Boat
If you decide to travel around the island by boat, you can ask the boat captain to park in a position suitable for watching the sunset.
Experience ultimate freedom while you watch the sunset in the center of a Cheung Chau bay with the sea breeze in your hair!
3. End the day with a delicious seafood dinner.
Central Pier → Cheung Chau Pier (40 Minutes) → Walking Tour/Adventure → Sunset At North Lookout Pavilion → Cheung Chau Seafood Street → Cheung Chau Pier → Central Pier (40 Minutes)
Cheung Chau Seafood Street is a famous gathering place for foodies far and wide who love fresh seafood.
There are a number of specialty seafood restaurants on this street, offering a wide variety of seafood dishes and local side dishes.
The more famous ones are: Golden Lake Restaurant, Delicious Seafood Restaurant, New Baccarat, So Bor Kee, and Bay-View Chinese Restaurant!
Enjoy a meal in the open-air seating while watching the day and night views of Cheung Chau Pier.
If you’re still hungry after dinner, grab a snack from one of the many late-night food stalls!
Central Pier → Cheung Chau Island Tour (2-4 Hours) → Sunset On Boat → Seafood Dinner On Boat → Central Pier (40 Minutes)
Get ready to enjoy freshly steamed, local seafood on board!
You can choose from eight types of seafood, including crab, clam, scallop, shrimp, and lobster.
The boat will then reserve the freshest seafood of the day from the local fishermen!
Not enough time to do it all in one day?
After reading our article, we hope you find it just as necessary as we did to pay the beautiful Cheung Chau Island a visit!