Make a day out of discovering the outlying islands that surround Hong Kong, where adventures lie. Your tiny sailors will love the ferry ride from Central’s Pier 4 to quaint Lamma Island. At the Fisherman’s Village, they can experience the industry that the island once thrived on. Then, enjoy a seafood feast at Ah Shun’s Kitchen on Tai San Street, or embark on a family friendly hike around the island. Cheung Chau, from Central Pier 5, is also great for a day trip. Locate a pirate’s hiding spot, or visit the Mini Great Wall here. The annual Bun Festival occurs in April, when the island comes alive with the one-of-a-kind Bun Scrambling Competition and the remarkable Floating Colours Parade, which, traditionally, was held to ward off a plague.
By Emily Chu, AFAR Local Expert
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Welcome to Cheung Chau
Hop on a ferry from Hong Kong Island and about 40 minutes later you'll find yourself stepping onto beautiful Cheung Chau. There's such a relaxed pace of life here. Perfect for swimming, hanging out at the beach, a bit of hiking or a cycle. The annual bun festival also takes place here around May and the island goes bun-mad for a couple of days. Expect thousands of people, parades and giant towers of, yep, you guessed it, buns!
A View of the Beach
Beach culture is one of the best things about HK life. There are approximately 50 beaches, and Cheung Chau island has at least three—the main Tung Wan (East Bay) Beach for those long walks on the beach with a loved one, Windsurf beach (Kwun Yam Wan) for the more active souls, and a deserted beach called Pak Tso Wan for some peacefulness away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
By Jacqueline V