> Cheung Chau
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: 19/1/2022)
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 / NWFB
||11||Jardine’s Lookout← →Central Ferry Piers|
|12||Robinson Road← →Central Ferry Piers|
|7||Shek Pai Wan← →Central Ferry Piers|
|4||Wah Fu South ← →Central (Exchange Square)|
|25||Braemar Hill (Mid-levels)← →Central Pier 5|
|91||Ap Lei Chau Estate← →Central Ferry Piers|
|94||Lei Tung Estate← →Central Ferry Piers|
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.
Sun Ferry Services Company Limited
Tel. 2131 8181
Cheung Chau Municipal Services Building
Cheung Chau Municipal Services Building is a three-story building where the first and second floors of the ground entrance of are markets with slippery floor, dry and wet goods sold together. The third floor is a library, and the lifts are separate from the ground directly to the second floor and the ground directly to the third floor. All three floors of the building are equipped with accessible toilets.
|Short comment: The floor of the market is slippery, so please be careful when using hand forks or canes; the lead path in the market is damaged. The elevator on the second floor is shared by passengers and cargo with a large area, but at the same time, there will also be plate trailers and iron trolleys in and out.|
Address: 2 Tai Hing Tai Road, Cheung Chau
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 Temple on 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.
Short comment: With stone steps in front of the entrance of the Tin Hau Temple, wheelchair users can only visit outside the entrance. It is suggested that a movable ramp be added for the convenience of those in need. According to Cheung Chau residents, funds are being raised to set up a pair of stone lions and barrier-free access on each side of the entrance to the Tin Hau Temple, so that the disabled will have closer access to the Temple.
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.
Short comment: Tung Wan Beach has a ramp for wheelchair or electric wheelchair users to enter the beach and the location of the ramp is near the Warwick Hotel. The other two ramps are difficult to use for wheelchair or electric wheelchair users due to their steep slope. Accessible toilets are located in the middle of the beach.
Address: Cheung Chau Beach Rd.
Yuk Hui Temple (Pak Tai Temple)
Pak Tai Temple is 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 accessible toilets is provided on the Pak Tai Temple Playground in the temple’s foreground.
Short comment: 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.
Address: Pak She / San Hing Praya Street
A new hot spot: Mural outside the Betting Station
Address: G/F, Tat Fu Court, Lot 59, 1148 Tai San Hau Street and Peak Road (across from the public toilet and bathroom on Peak Road, Cheung Chau)
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 the Pak 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: Cheung Chau Rural Committee www.cheungchau-rc.com/
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 the Cheung Po Tsai Caveand 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.
Parking Spaces Designated for the Disabled
|Central Ferry Pier||Man Kwong Street, Central x1|