Last month, Ry and I visited Cheung Chau, a small island 10km South-West of Hong Kong Island.
We took the fast ferry from Central, which runs approximately every half an hour and the journey takes around 35-40 minutes (Find out more here).
The island is a fishing village that has become a major tourist attraction, offering a mixture of beaches, seafood cafes and traditional Chinese culture.
Luckily the village hasn’t lost any of its charm through tourism, as fishing boats still line the harbour, the shops are unique and residents still hang their laundry out front!
There is a relaxing feel to the island, which makes a refreshing change from the skyscrapers, traffic and crowds of Hong Kong.
The streets are too narrow for motorized traffic, therefore residents travel on foot or by bike.
They also have specially designed mini-fire engines, ambulances and police cars.
One of my favourite features of the island is the number of shops selling unique, handmade products!
I was instantly drawn to this shop, selling tie-dye and handmade products imported from Thailand. I got the feather earrings and pencil case here for around £5!
Ryan got an awesome bracelet in this shop for about 3 quid!
After our little spending spree, we decided to get a mixture of snacks for lunch…
We went for a stick of vegetables wrapped in bacon, prawn tempura, fried scallops, barbecued pork and chicken with a British treat of hash brown. Yum!
After refuelling, we went for a paddle down the beach 🙂
This lady was swimming fully clothed, including glasses and a hat.
There’s something you don’t see every day!
Cheung Chau is so chilled out that some men just walk around in their Speedos.
The Island is home to lots of cats in shops…
dried fish and chicken…
and lots of small shops and stalls selling all kinds of food!
Speaking of food, it was time for another little snack!
We shared the fresh mini egg tarts and Ry had a lotus seed bun 🙂
After stuffing our faces, we visited Pak Tai Temple, which is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong, built in 1783.
However the building was demolished and completely rebuilt in 1989 with 4 guarding lions.
Although we didn’t get a close-up photo, the temple also contains the statues of two generals, known as ‘Thousand Miles Eye’ and ‘Favourable Wind Ear,’ who are traditionally believed to be able to hear and see everything together.
By the time that we had looked around all the cute shops and bought some anklets for ourselves and souvenirs for friends and family, we decided to stroll down Seafood Street on the harbor to see what caught our eye.
Waitresses lined the street promoting what they had on offer.
We settled on a restaurant where you could choose any 4 meals from the menu for $240 (the equivalent of £20).
We went for the razor clams, beef ho fun, fried pak choi and spicy prawns and had dinner by the harbour.
The food was pretty average, but the prawns were really disappointing as they were really small and left a horrible aftertaste in your mouth.
Unfortunately it started tipping it down towards the end of our meal and the shelter wasn’t very effective, so we quickly paid our bill and ran to the nearest shelter!
Despite the slightly disappointing dinner and torrential downpour, we had an awesome time and would recommend Cheung Chau Island to anyone who just wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life for a day 🙂