Friday, 29 July 2016

Trip to Hong Kong: Part III


Welcome back to part three of my series, Trip to Hong Kong! If you haven't already, check out part I and part II. Apologies for my inconsistence in blogging lately, my dear Grandpa passed away last week which honestly put blogging very far down on my list of priorities but here's the story you're all here for!

Mum and I were originally supposed to meet up with my cousins, Aunt and Uncle on this day but unfortunately there was a bit of a miscommunication so we were left with zero plans. After having our daily Yum Cha with my grandparents in the morning, Mum decided to take me off the main island to visit Cheung Chau which very quickly became one of my favourite places in Hong Kong.

I'm sure many of you have not heard of Cheung Chau island as it's a tiny island located southwest of Hong Kong's main island. In cantonese, 'cheung' actually means long so the island essentially means 'long island' due to its shape. It was traditionally a fishing village like most of Hong Kong before becoming a residential location. My mum actually used to live there! The main form of transport is cycling in Cheung Chau as the 'streets' are so narrow a car couldn't possibly fit. They do have mini ambulances, police cars and fire engines designed to fit these streets however.

There are a lot of things to do in Cheung Chau despite it's size (a lot of which are related to eating). There's plenty of street food like fish balls, mochi, snow cones and egg waffles as well as some lovely seafood restaurants. There's also a nice little beach on Cheung Chau, a temple and a hiking trail you can follow. I actually ended up returning to Cheung Chau with my friend as I loved it so much! Plenty of festivals occur through out the year such as the Cheung Chau bun festival.

Despite all the amazing things that happen during the day, Cheung Chau also has the nick name 'Suicide Island' when the sun goes down. A short walk off to the remote mountains of the island, there are several haunted houses, one named 紅梅 (Hung Mei). There's also an old resort there that has seen 13 deaths from 1989 to the year 2000. Naturally, stories like these come with sightings and superstition. There's also a half submerged cargo ship that wash up on the shores of Cheung Chau, an old pirates cave and an old abandoned hospital from the 19th century.

Whether you choose to believe these stories or not, Cheung Chau island is still a place I enjoy visiting very much. It does not feel at all like the concrete jungle of Hong Kong. I mean there's cats that wonder around, the view is beautiful and and there's so much food to eat! Getting to the island is cheap and easy too, it costs next to nothing to board a ferry which run frequently. Somewhere I'd definitely recommend you visit if you want a break from the city life.

Have you ever visited Cheung Chau? What are your thoughts on ghost stories?

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