Hong Kong is home to abundance of islands in fact there are 250. This means there is no shortage of island hopping and exploring to be done. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit all of them but I did choose to visit Cheung Chau.
There are two ferries that can take you to Cheung Chau, one slow and one fast. I opted for the slow ferry as it’s cheaper and I wasn’t in a rush. The slow ferry takes about an hour and the ride itself is stunning. On a sunny day, you can’t beat the views. Sit back, relax and take it all in.
Cheung Chau is a small island. As soon as you get off the ferry you can choose to rent a bicycle or take the island on foot. I chose to do it on foot because I didn’t know what I may stumble upon. I walked well over 15km that day and it was totally worth it! Honestly, I fell in love with the vibe of the island. It reminded me of some of the islands off the coast of British Columbia. The pace of life was slower, the people were so kind and the views were stunning.
With no concrete plans, the day was for exploring and wandering. The Yuk Hui temple is beautiful and only a short walk from the ferry. That was the first stop of this adventure. I’m always so humbled to learn about different religions. Traveling teaches you so much and I’m always eager to learn.
Next up was a slice of frozen watermelon bigger than my head. It doesn’t get any better than that, right? It’s a nice way to cool off in the hot island heat. Many vendors sell frozen fruit – the further you walk from the ferry terminal, the cheaper it is!
The scenery is stunning. The colourful boats make for a stunning photo. After climbing some good size hills I visited Cheung Po Tsai Cave but I was too scared to climb right down in it. Walking along the rocky coast proved to be a great spot to snap a photo and led me to a beautiful little beach area.
This day included a lot of walking and hiking but was so incredibly fun. I loved this island. My advice is to go off the beaten path a little bit. Get a little lost and see what you stumble upon. I did!
Check out the next leg of the adventure: Australia