Walking on Cheung Chau

Monkey King missing maybe stolen or kidnapped

It's taken me a few weeks before posting, but last month I was surpised and rather sad to find the tiny Monkey King statue had disappeared from his perch on rock on southeast Cheung Chau. Here, can see where he used to sit, looking out to sea.

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Exploring and Enjoying Cheung Chau: 

Walking in southern Cheung Chau with toddler and pushchair

Now my son is two, he's rather heavy for lugging about in backpack carrier. Easier to take the pushcair, for carrying him when tired - or when dawdling too much. This, though, means trying to avoid flights of steps. Just took him for outing in southern Cheung Chau, following good route along trails that are mostly concrete, with maybe only a handful of steps in all. Maybe useful if you, too, have toddler with pushchair - or just dislike steps!
 
This route starts with walk to southwest Cheung Chau, then heads east, along the "spine" if the southern chunk of the island, to the southeast, and the main beach. Takes maybe two to three hours.

Exploring southeast Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Southeast Cheung Chau boasts paths that wind around headlands and curl up and over hillsides, passing through woodland, and near to naturally sculpted giant boulders, once grand but now ruined houses, a couple of temples, a tiny nunnery, and cliffs dropping to the sea. The main trail here is rather fancifully named the Mini Great Wall, but you can find other less known yet still fascinating paths to explore.

North Cheung Chau including Coral Beach

There's a path leading uphill from beside Pak Tei Temple, up past an old folks' home. Keep left, and up and up flights of steps, and you'll come to a small, concrete park. Turn right here, and you can continue uphill, leaving the village to pass through trees, with views over to Lantau Island on your left.

The path skirts a service reservoir (on hilltop, but below ground). Below, to the left, is a housing development at the bottom of a valley - evidently supposed to be like places such as Hong Lok Yuen, but seems many places not occupied.

There's a rough track, then steps, up to a pavilion with fabulous views over Cheung Chau, and across the sea to Lamma, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Lantau. Well, fabulous if you're here on a clear day, and especially good late on a sparkling afternoon.

Walking the southwest coast of Cheung Chau

Though Cheung Po-tsai Cave is the best known tourist spot of southwest Cheung Chau, it's not the only place that's good for exploring. There's an excellent coastal trail, winding along a small cove, and a small bay with a beach, passing boulders where cacti grow (yes, wild cactus in Hong Kong), with excellent scenery.

This trail starts on the headland above Sai Wan village, at the southern end of the harbour (aka typhoon shelter). You can head there by walking along the waterfront road - which is popular with weekend and holiday cyclists and strollers.

The Mini Great Wall and other Cheung Chau trails 小長城和其他散步道

There are some wonderful trails winding along the coast, up hills and through small valleys in northern and southern Cheung Chau (just beyond the main village). Though Cheung Chau is tiny, the winding trails can seem surprisingly long - but you're never really far from the main village and ferry pier. 在長洲的南端和北面,沿海都有些不錯的散步路徑。長洲雖然是彈丸之地,道路看似出奇的曲折,但其實無論怎麼的走,你也從未真正遠離主村和碼頭。