The foremost thing that most holidaymakers realise after they get off their flights at Cheung Chau is that there aren’t any tall skyscrapers or flashy cars here. Although the beautiful rustic island has a good infrastructure including holiday apartments, hotels, a library, a hospital and schools, yet its overall character is more in sync with the traditions of fishing, which has been practised here since the times of the Ming Dynasty. A number of bright and colourful fishing boats are proof of this. If you like to book tickets to off-beat places to experience different cultures, then we suggest that you should definitely visit Cheung Chau. Have a look at three of the top attractions in Cheung Chau.
Chi Ma Hang Family Path
Also known as the ‘Little Great Wall’, Chi Ma Hang Family Path isn’t really a wall but a miniature version of the Great Wall of China. Made up of slabs of whitish rock and railings, the path is about 850 metres long and offers beautiful views of the rock formations. The rock formations have various interesting shapes such as the ‘Human Head Rock’ which looks like a human head. The trail along Chi Ma Hang Family Path isn’t long and can be easily covered.
Pak Tai Temple
Constructed in 1783, the Pak Tai temple is dedicated to the Chinese God of the Sea; Pak Tai, which means ‘The Northern Emperor’ in Cantonese. Pak Tai was the God of the Sea and is also known as Yuen Tin Sheung Ta (which means “Dark/Mysterious Supreme Emperor of Heaven”). He is a revered figure in the native fishing community as fishermen believe him to be their protector. The temple is located at a short distance from the Ferry Pier which makes it easy for the fishermen to visit the temple every day, on their way to work. The building has a distinct Chinese architecture with fine-looking tiles and roofs made of ceramic and animal images and guardian stone statues of lions.
Cheung Po Tsai Cave
One of the most popular attractions in the island, Cheung Po Tsai Cave has various legends associated with it. It is believed that the notorious Cheung Po Tsai, a 19th century pirate used to stash his loot here. It is said that that Cheung Po Tsai had about 2,000 men at his command. The most exciting thing of the whole attraction is that no one till now, has been able to discover the treasure. So, you can do some exciting treasure hunting here. The fantastic location also offers mesmerising views of the coastline. The caves are slippery, so wear a good pair of durable hunting shoes and carry a torch.