Day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong
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Day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong Experience

A day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong is something that should be on your bucket list while you are in Hong Kong. There are over 263 islands that are over 500 m2 in Hong Kong and Cheung Chau is one of the more smaller and interesting island to explore. It has a perfect blend of nature, food and shopping, and best of all, everything is within walking distance making it the perfect day trip. It is located off the coast of Lantau, one of the bigger islands of Hong Kong. Here is my Summer 2023 day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong Experience.

map of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
Map of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

A day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong starts from riding a ferry from Hong Kong Central Pier #5. To get to the Central Pier, go to the Central Pier MTR station or ride the Star Ferry that connects Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The ferry ride for a day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong takes about thirty to an hour, depending on whether you get on the smaller faster boat or the ordinary bigger slower boat. It usually departs every 30 minutes and both types can be taken from the same Hong Kong Central Pier #5 and arrive at the same pier on Cheung Chau. The ordinary ferry is HK$14.80 and the fast ferry is HK$29.20, and paying is easy through your octopus card. More information on times and costs can be found on their official website.

Hong Kong Central Pier #5 Cheung Chau Ferry
Hong Kong Central Pier #5, Cheung Chau Ferry

The ride to Cheung Chau was so beautiful, as we sailed the blue ocean. We departed Hong Kong Island and then saw different islands of Hong Kong as we headed to Cheung Chau Ferry Pier. I rode on the slower ferry since I wasn’t pressed for time and this ferry has an outdoor deck to enjoy the views

Ferry ride on a Day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong
Ferry ride on a Day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong

After the peaceful ride, we arrived at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier. The area around the ferry is very lively with many people and stores. Most conveniently, there is a Convenience store right in front of the pier as well. If you do not know where to go, I recommended following the crowd off the boat, and it will most likely lead you to the beach or the shopping area.

Arriving at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier
Arriving at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier

Once I got off the ferry, I followed the crowd and started walking down the street which led me to their most popular destination, Tung Wan Beach. It is a short 5-minute walk from the Ferry Pier and during the short walk, there are many places to shop and get food. Cheung Chau is most known for seafood, so make sure to try some! This is where I bought my beach mat and delicious fishcakes.

Delicious Fish cakes, street food from Cheung Chau
Delicious Fish cakes, street food
Stores by Tung Wan Beach
Stores by Tung Wan Beach

Once I got to Tung Wan Beach, and found a place to place my mat and things, and once I got into a comfortable resting space, it was truly relaxing. I was at Tung Wan Beach for about 2 hours in total. It wasn’t too crowded and the floating platform in the middle of the water was cool to swim and to stand on, and you can see Lamma island in the distance. The water was at a perfect temperature, calm, and there were lifeguards on duty as well. Since Tung Wan Beach is the biggest and most popular beach in Cheung Chau, it can get very busy on the weekends and holidays. You can see Lamma Island in the distance.

Tung Wan Beach  Day trip to Cheung Chau
Tung Wan Beach

After the relaxing time at the beach, I was craving for some good food. Cheung Chau was originally a fishing village, so to this day, seafood is a big part of the food scene here. There are countless numbers of seafood restaurants by the harbor with the freshest fish, but I actually decided to get pizza at Cheung Chau Pizza on San Hing St. The staff there was wonderful and the set lunch menu was delicious. I got Garlic bread and Margherita pizza with a soft drink for $76.

 Cheung Chau Pizza on San Hing St
Cheung Chau Pizza on San Hing St

After the delicious lunch, I wanted to take a walk on the island and started to explore the northern part of the island. From San Hing St, I walked past Pak She St and Yuk Hui Temple, a small Taoist temple in the heart of the island of Cheung Chau, and went on the Cheung Chau Family walk trail heading to the north lookout pavilion. The walk from the main part of the island to the top is about 30 minutes, and not too hard.

Cheung Chau Family walk trail heading to the north lookout pavilion
Cheung Chau Family walk trail heading to the north lookout pavilion

Although the walk is mostly uphill slopes and steps, it isn’t too hard and has plenty of places to take a break. It’s the perfect amount of exercise before getting back on a ferry to Hong Kong.

stairs to the north lookout pavilion, Cheung Chau Island
Stairs to the north lookout pavilion

Watch out for the stray dogs on your walk-up as well!

Stray dogs on Cheung Chau
Stray dogs on Cheung Chau

Once I got to the observation deck, the views were amazing and worth the hike. It is a 360 view of the natural wonders of the island and its surroundings, the mountains, ocean, and the other islands all at the same spot. Once you get to the top, some routes continue the hike further into the island. I ended up enjoying my time at the top and spent time unwinding and took in the scenery of Lamma Island and Hong Kong Island.

Hong Kong Island from north lookout pavilion
Hong Kong Island from north lookout pavilion

I watched the sunset, and once it started to get dark, I headed back to the ferry island where all the lights were. The walk back was relaxing, quiet, and very peaceful. It seemed that stores closed pretty early on Cheung Chau, and after sunset, there wasn’t much to do.

Dogs on the Cheung Chau Family walk trail
Dogs on the Cheung Chau Family walk trail
Cat relaxing on the street

The ferry runs at the same place that drops us off, at the Cheung Chau Ferry Pier. It usually departs every 30 minutes and both the fast and ordinary ferry can be taken back as well. Make sure you have your octopus card for easy payment, and check out more about the ferry on their official website. The ferries run late into the night, 23:30 on Sundays and 23:45 on other days, and leads us back to Hong Kong Central Pier #5.

Cheung Chau Ferry
Cheung Chau Ferry

I recommend doing a day trip to Cheung Chau from Hong Kong when debating on what to do if you’re ever in Hong Kong. It’s the perfect balance of nature, food and beach. The proximity to Hong makes it a great place for a day trip while feeling very far from the busy city life of Hong Kong.


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