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Cheung Chau lies in the southwest of Hong Kong. The 3-sq-km island is also known as the ‘dumbbell island’ for its shape. Cheung Chau is attractive for its scenery, sound facilities and sightseeing spots such as the Pak Tai Temple and Tung Wan Beach. The pier area is the center of seafood restaurants and shops. What attracts local and overseas visitors most is the annual Bun Festival - the most important festival of the island. The following paragraphs will give an introduction of the famous sightseeing spots in Central Cheung Chu and its indigenous food.
(Last updated: 8/8/2018)
1. To the pier
Take the MTR to Central Station. Leave Exit A in a lift for the road, then take another lift next to it for the footbridge which leads to Outlying Islands Ferry Piers at Central following the signs along the way. The Cheung Chau-bound ferry departs from Pier No. 5.
Take the bus
|Bus Route||Origin <-> Destination|
|Citybus||11||Jardine’s Lookout← →Piers at Central|
|12||Robinson Road← →Piers at Central|
|7||Shek Pai Wan← →Piers at Central|
|71||Wong Chuk Hang← →Central Wong Wo Street|
|NWFB||25||Braemar Hill (Mid-levels)← →Piers at Central|
|91||Ap Lei Chau Estate← →Piers at Central|
|94||Lei Tung Estate← →Piers at Central|
For enquiries of the low-floor bus frequency, please call the Citybus hotline at 2873 0818 or First Bus hotline at 2136 8888.
2. Take a ferry for Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau-bound ferries depart every 30 minutes. All sailings are wheelchair-friendly except the fast ferries with a high gangway. An ordinary ferry is suggested.
Tel： 2131 8181 Website： www.nwff.com.hk
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Cheung Chau Market Complex
On leaving the pier, walk rightwards and you can see the Cheung Chau Market Complex onTai Hing Tai Road. A ramped access is provided at the Complex’s Siu Sik Laneentrance; a disabled washroom stands next to it. The 3-storey Complex houses government offices and a wet goods market with more than 200 stalls including fresh seafood. The nearby restaurant would be glad to cook them for you.
Address：2 Tai Hing Tai Road, Cheung Chau
Accessible Toilet Provided
Tai Shek Hau Tin Hau Temple (Tin Hau Temple on Chung Hing Street)
Move along Tai Hing Tai Road and turn into Chung Hing San Street and you can reach the Tai Shek Hau Tin Hau Templeon Chung Hing Street. The two-door temple was built in unknown years, but a copper bell casted in the 37th year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1772) shows that it is at least 200 years old.
Comments: With stone steps at the temple entrance, wheelchair users can only admire it on the outside. A mobile ramped access is suggested.
Address: 20 & 21,Chung Hing St.,Cheung Chau
Tung Wan Beach
Move in the direction of the pier from Tin Hau Temple and you can reach Tung Wan Road which leads to Tung Wan Beach, the largest beach in Cheung Chau. Tung Wan Road is aligned with snack shops selling pastry, deep-fried food and sweet delicacies. Facilities in Tung Wan Beach include a disabled washroom and the Wind surfing Memorial Garden adjacent to Tung Wan.
Address: Cheung Chau Beach Rd.
Accessible Toilet Provided
Yuk Hui Temple (Pak Tai Temple)
Pak Tai Templeis the most famous temple in Cheung Chau. Built more than 200 years ago in the 48th year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1783), it is listed as a Grade 1 historic building by the Antiquities and Monuments Office. The temple is mainly devoted to Pak Tai, but also worships Tai Sui, Guanyin and a number of saints. Pak Tai is also known as Yuen Tin Sheung Tai. When his birthday is celebrated on the third day of the third Lunar month, faithful worshippers will come and pray for the island’s safety. A disabled washroom is provided on the Pak Tai Temple Playground in the temple’s foreground.
Comments: The Pak Tai Temple is only accessible by stairs, wheelchair users can only admire it on the outside. A combined ramped access which meets wheelchair users’ needs without damaging the historic building’s look is suggested.
Address: Pak She Street, Cheung Chau
Pak She/San Hing Praya Street
The Praya Street is the shopping and food centre. Most of the shops are wheelchair-inaccessible due to stairs at the entrance, but wheelchair users can still buy souvenirs from the stalls outside. The catering outlets’ outdoor seating is an ideal place for them to enjoy the island’s indigenous food.
The Bun Festival held on the eighth day of the fourth Lunar month is a grand annual event in Cheung Chau. The festival is named after the bun towers erected in thePak Tai Temple’s foreground. Piu Sik Parade and Bun Scrambling are the key festive events. In the Piu Sik Parade, children on float personating ancient and contemporary figures are paraded through the streets amid lion and qilin dance. The Bun Scrambling is a competition with a long history. It has once been prohibited after an accident in 1978. In the accident, a bamboo scaffold-supported bun tower collapsed and caused heavy casualty. The competition was not resumed until 2005 with government approval.
Related webpage: Hong Kong Tourism Board - Cheung Chau Bun Festival http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/events-festivals/chinese-festivals/cheung-chau-bun-festival.jsp
Many holiday resorts, mostly villas, are available for lease in Cheung Chau. As most of them are on the 2nd floor, wheelchair users are suggested to check if they meet their needs beforehand.
Other sightseeing spots in Cheung Chau include theCheungPoTsaiCaveand Cheung Chau Rock Carvings. But, most of them are situated at sites too rugged for the disabled. To save time and journey, you are suggested to plan your itinerary according to your own preference and physical status beforehand.