Hong Kong: A Day in the Outlying Island of Cheung Chau

The vibrant city of Hong Kong offers a wide array of food and attractions like Ocean Park and Disneyland, but for avid travellers who have already been there and done that, why not try something new? For a more culturally immersive experience, spend a full day exploring the equally interesting Cheung Chau Island that is just a short ferry ride away from the mainland.

There are Central Ferry Piers located at the Central MTR Station (exit A) where you can take a boat out to the different outlying islands, but a personal favourite of ours is the Cheung Chau Island. You may choose between fast ferry (approx 30 mins) and ordinary ferry (approx 55 mins) to get there.

For ferry timings, please visit The New World First Ferry Services site.

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Cheung Chau Island is famous for its annual bun festival, also known as the Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival, which is held between April and May each year. One of the programme highlights include having three 60ft bun towers situated outside Pak Tai Temple. The festival’s designated climbers will race up the tower, clear the buns on the top, and strip the rest of the buns as they descend. Besides that entertaining show, there will also be parades and lion dances to celebrate the occasion. The Peace Bun (平安包) symbolises safety and peacefulness, and is commonly sold all over the island.

Other than the bun festival, Cheung Chau Island is also famous for its delicious street food, seafood, and bicycle rides.

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Our Top 3 Street Food Picks

  • Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop (郭錦記餅店)
    • Address: 46 Pak She St, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
    • Operating hours: 6am – 7pm
    • Famous for: The famous Peace buns that are a local specialty
  • Gam Yong Tai Fish Balls (甘永泰魚蛋)
    • Address: G/F, 106 San Hing St, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
    • Operating hours: 7am – 5pm
    • Famous for: For selling a variety of yummy fish balls
  • Xin Zhao Ki Snack Shop (新照記茶餐小食店)
    • Address: G/F, 18 Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau
    • Operating hours: 7am – 5pm
    • Famous for: The different traditional delicacies they offer, and a Korean shop next door that sells “potato twists” and iced candied fruits in many flavours


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Seafood Street
Like many seafood restaurants in Hong Kong, those in Cheung Chau allow you to bring your own seafood (bought from live seafood markets) to be cooked at a fee. To get to the seafood street, turn left after you leave the ferry pier, and walk towards Pak Tai Temple, which would have a signpost to direct you.

The seafood street is located just along the coast, on the left. There you will find a whole stretch of seafood restaurants, all with scenic views of the waters. Most of them have dinner set meals, where you can mix and match your favourite dishes. For the best view, we recommend dining by the water at sunset.

Cycling around Cheung Chau
There are many bicycle rental shops on the island that offer regular bicycles, as well as two-seater tandem bicycles for couples—just in case you want to fulfill your romantic Korean drama date fantasies!

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