Friday Frolics: Cheung Chau (The Hidden Calm in Hong Kong)

Now, Cheung Chau is really not a hidden gem, but in some ways, it is and I would be selfish if I keep from sharing. I fell in love with Hong Kong for incalculable reasons, and Cheung Chau is on top of the roll. With a beach, a cycling track (and convenient bike rentals around the vicinity), random boutiques, good restaurants, massage parlors, and yet maintain the bucolic character, this is a paradise!

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Taking the fast ferry ($24) from Central, it takes half an hour to reach the island. Ordinary ferry for half the price takes you half longer, but the journey is worth it.

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Cone-shaped domes-it’s an added element for a fresh, quirky surprise.

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For a moment, it went out of my mind that I was in the perpetually busy, smoggy Hong Kong.  For this reason, moving to Cheung Chau might be a practical preference. Monthy ferry tickets are around $300 but flat/room rentals could be as low as $2,500. This is unquestionably something to consider.

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Cars are nowhere to be found, and residents cycle their way up and down. Of course, I got hold of a pink one. $30 for four hours is not bad at all.

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And look at this cute grandpa on training wheels! 🙂

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I know this is far from a Miami view but it somehow reminded me of it.

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This on the other hand reminded me of Canada. This is international living. 😉

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Look at this kid.

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He met new friends. Today, he learned befriending strangers is not always a bad thing.

Last but not the least: food.

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These are a few of what I chucked down. Those variant shaped fruits got me curious- I was a bit disappointed that they were just fruits, from afar they deceived my eyes of ice cream. You might also want to try their fishballs, they are probably seven times larger than the usual… Listing interesting foods would be all too many.

Streets are not only filled with snack vendors, tons of restaurants are all over this tiny island, and it’s not all Cantonese and local cuisines. They have Thai, some Western bisto, and of course, a number of restaurants for what the island popular of: seafood! Hefty amount of seating are available for all tourists without disregarding the locals!

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Spent the whole day there and being bored was not one of the status I have been in. (Why? Shopping is another option! You could even get unique local, and branded souvenir items.)

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Don’t be fooled from the larger part of my musings, Cheung Chau is still a busy suburb- a short proximity away from the pier anyway.

Ps. By the way, they have “hotels” too if you are coveting for a few days of paradise. A line of promotional kiosk would be waiting for you across the pier. 😉

* Images shot with an Iphone. More here.

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