Cheung Chau (Long Island) Tour with Dim Sum lunch
Escape your visit in Hong Kong with a tour in Cheung Chau Island. This island is also known as the Long Island, yet it only needs a short ferry ride from Hong Kong. It is a fascinating, beautiful South China Sea Island, in western Hong Kong. It’s easily reached from Hong Kong’s main business district – fast ferries take just half an hour – however, it seems that it is a world away from the skyscrapers and bustling streets and the traffic. This tour will make you visit the one of the most popular of all the outlying islands in Hong Kong, the Cheung Chau Island.
The tour starts at the Pak Tai Temple. According to the legend, the main deity of this temple is Pak Tai, who is also known as Yuen Ting Sheung Tai (Supreme Emperor of the Dark Heaven). This temple’s layout is in the form of traditional temples with a spacious main hall accommodating the Pak Tai statue and two side walls. There, you can find rich treasure of valuable antiques which include a big sword made in the Song Dynasty and some whale bone fragments which were dredged up in fishermen’s trawl and then presented to the deity, a wooden sedan chair, a stone caldron, and two granite pillars carved with dragons.
The next destination will be at the beautiful Tung Wan Beach. One can walk down in this beach with its clear water and soft fine sand. Tung Wan Beach is a popular beach although it is not one of the attractive beaches in the Outlying Islands. The beach is overlooked by the Warwick Hotel at one end and cheap holiday rental apartments at the other. After this, you will then explore 3,000-year old Bronze-Age rock carvings and old communities of West Bay named Cheung Po Tsai Cave. This cave in the southern peninsula of the island is said to be the favorite hideout of the notorious pirate Cheung Po Tsai, who once commanded a flotilla of 600 junks and a private army of 4000 men. He surrendered to the Qing government in 1810 and became an official himself, but his treasure is said to remain hidden here.
The next stop is a visit to Tin Hau Temple where the followers come to worship the Goddess of the Sea. At the southwestern of the Cheung Chau Island, near Sai Wan, is where this Tin Hau Temple located. This temple is dedicated to Tin Hau, as the name suggests, Queen of Heaven and Patroness of the Fishermen. The locals come to the temple for guidance by shaking the prediction box. After, you can take a walk along the beautiful scenery of West Lane from Sai Wan to a local restaurant for a dim sum lunch, after which you will have a free time to explore the island by foot or on a bike.
The tour departs from centrally located Hong Kong hotels at exactly 8:00 in the morning. The hotel pickups commence prior to this time. You can contact the local service provider to verify your exact pick up time. The tour will last 6 hours more or less.
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