Cheung Chau is a small dumbbell-shape island of 2.44 sq km southwest of Hong Kong Island.
A bone arrowhead excavated from Po Yue Wan in the southeastern side of the small island shows that human activities on the island dated back to Late Neolithic period (c. 2500 – 1500 BC). At the southeastern end of the tombolo forming the island are Cheung Chau Rock Carvings. The Rock Carvings consist of 2 groups of similar design with several carved lines surrounding small depression, matching the design of carvings on ancient bronze artefacts, suggesting that the Rock Carvings might be engraved during the Bronze Age (c. 1500 - 221 BC). Cheung Chau Rock Carvings were declared monuments in 1982.
Being a natural fishing port, fisheries industry on the island was very prosperous as early as the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). The prosperity of the island was evidenced by the establishment of a market during the Qianlong reign (1736 – 1795) of the Qing Dynasty.
Owing to the decline of the fisheries industry and economic transformation, few islanders are engaged in the fisheries industry nowadays. Cheung Chau is still a vibrant and thriving community with many restaurants and holiday houses, which are magnets for holiday makers. During Cheung Chau Jiao Festival held on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month each year, thousands of local and overseas visitors enjoy the parade of floating colours, Chinese operas and the Bun Scrambling Competition held at midnight. Apart from having been inscribed into the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Hong Kong, Cheung Chau Jiao Festival was also inscribed onto the 3rd national list of intangible cultural heritage in 2011.
To plan your journey to Cheung Chau, visit the "HKeMobility" website (https://www.hkemobility.gov.hk) or mobile application developed by the Transport Department, and insert your starting point to search for routes of different transportation mode. Alternatively, you may click the “Journey” button in the Google Map below.
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