|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。|
Southeast Cheung Chau: the Mini Great Wall
The grandest of the trails is the “Mini Great Wall”, in southeast Cheung Chau. It’s easily reached from Kwun Yam Wan, to the south of the main beach at Tung Wan.
Look up to a headland, and you’ll see a flight of concrete steps – which start at a junction behind a small Tin Hau temple. Follow the steps up the headland, and you’ll arrive at a lookout pavilion, with cracking views across Cheung Chau to the hills of Lantau, and eastwards towards Lamma and Hong Kong Island.
The Mini Great Wall drops down from here (the shorter flight of steps – another flight leads down to the rocky shore, and another pavilion: it’s pleasant but a dead-end). There are no more views over much of Cheung Chau; instead, this is a fairly wild stretch of coast, looking out across the South China Sea. You first cross a small, wooded valley.
Granite boulders dot the hills. They’ve been weathered into natural sculptures, some of which are named for their shapes. A side-trail down a short, steep flight of steps leads to Fa Peng Shek – Flower Vase Rock, said to look like a vase when seen from the sea. The scenery is excellent; but take care as there are steep cliffs.
Further on, the path nears Human Head Rock – a large tor, which most looks like a head, complete with ear and nose, from the north side: it’s now hard to get to the best vantage because of vegetation. The Mini Great Wall continues, reaching the top of a headland overlooking southeast Cheung Chau, with the coast plunging down to rocks below.
Onwards – to Nam Tan Wan
From here, either return to near Kwun Yam Wan, or take the steps leading up from near Human Head Rock – to a trail junction by a pink apartment block.
There’s a right turn at the apartment block – this takes you northwards, and you can drop down the side of a valley, back to Kwun Yam Wan.
Onwards, the trail continues skirting high above the southeast coast. On a small headland, there’s a short, mostly overgrown trail to a building that’s now amidst woods, with a statue of the Virgin Mary as reminder of the time when missionaries used to relax on Cheung Chau between stints working in mainland China.
Just before this overgrown trail is a rough, stony path to the left; a handwritten sign points the way (in Chinese) to the Lover’s Cave. This isn’t really a cave, but a hollow beneath great boulders. En route to the “cave”, there’s a small statue of the Monkey King, gazing out over the coast.
Keep to the coastal trail, and there’s another headland, with the relatively new – and mostly empty – Seascape Peninsula apartments. Soon after this, there’s a junction above a cove.
Straight on from the junction, the path soon comes to Cheung Chau’s sports ground, from where there’s a path to the village, and ferry pier (passing the Kwan Kung Temple, beside Peak Road [which, you’ll notice, is more akin to Peak Footpath!]).
Or, drop left – to Nam Tan Wan – and the trail crosses a small valley with vegetable plots and a stream, to a temple with a pleasant vantage, facing south towards Wai Ling Ding and other islands belonging to Zhuhai.
Up from Nam Tan Wan, you’ll arrive at a junction on Peak Road. Turn right for the ferry pier. Keep straight on if you’re feeling up to plunging through the village and navigating the narrow, winding “streets” back to the harbour and pier (not too difficult, really). Or left, to continue along the southern coast of Cheung Chau.
Trails and Coves in Southwest Cheung Chau
Peak Road follows the “spine” of southern Cheung Chau, with the coast to your left, the village to your right. You pass apartments – mostly in three-storey “Spanish villas” typical of Hong Kong’s New Territories. The path climbs, passing rather taller (six storey) government housing, and then runs through trees and passes a cemetery.
Just after the cemetery, there’s a left turn, to a beach in a sandy cove (long known to western residents of Cheung Chau as the Italian Beach). It’s usually tranquil; a good place to linger.
From the cove, head back to Peak Road, and then keep on to nearby Sai Wan village, by the harbour.
Or, there are concrete steps leading west from the Italian Beach, to a path that crosses another small headland, where there are huge boulders including the Reclining Rock. There are more steps, down from the Reclining Rock to a tiny cove, where you have to scramble over rocks: take care here, and maybe turn back if it’s high tide.
Then, there’s a concrete trail again, and narrow steps up between and under boulders. Turn left at the top if you’d like to visit the Cheung Po-tsai Cave – which is really a cleft in the rocks, where it’s perhaps unlikely the infamous of Hong Kong’s pirates really did stash booty. Or, turn right, passing a toilet (phew – at last!), and down more steps to a small Tin Hau temple overlooking the harbour.
You soon arrive at Sai Wan, the only village in southwestern Cheung Chau. From here, you can walk along the waterfront or catch a kaito (water taxi) back to the ferry pier.
接著，會看到一條窄狹的小樓梯，如果你想參觀張保仔洞請轉左 — 那其實是一個地洞，洞口很窄，又不明顯，只能容納一人通過，並非如人們想像中海盜的儲存戰利品的大洞穴般。如果轉右，會經過一個廁所；沿樓梯而下走的話會看到西灣天后廟。
North Cheung Chau: lookout pavilion and a hidden beach
There are also trails up and over the northern chunk of Cheung Chau. Walk north from the ferry pier, and you can skirt the harbour side. After passing repair yards for fishing boats, the broad coastal path soon passes small beaches (not good for swimming), alongside the channel between northeast Cheung Chau and Lantau. After an estate of mostly empty flats, there’s a path curling uphill.
Up the hill, you’ll come to a lookout pavilion – a wonderful vantage for admiring Cheung Chau, especially on a clear day.
There are a couple of paths leading down from here – one winds down a narrow headland, the other down the hillside – to a small, sandy beach tucked away between rocky headlands. This can seem an almost secret place. There are small (even tiny!) coral colonies in this cove. But it’s hardly a paradise, especially as the tideline may be dotted with polystyrene and other rubbish.
Down from the pavilion, a path winds southwards, and down to a small concrete “park”, from where a flight of steps plunges down to beside Pak Tei Temple, close to the ferry pier.
那裡有兩條小徑：一條是通向小岬角；另一是通去山坡的路 ─ 可到達一個夾在岩石間的小型沙灘，這似乎是一個沒多少人知道的秘密地點。那裡有很細小的珊瑚群，但在岸邊有零星的聚苯乙烯及其他垃圾。