Urban Exploration in Cheungchau, Hongkong

20 Mar 19 //

Don’t get me wrong, Cheung Chau is a beautiful place, off the beaten track from the hustle and bustle of business Hong Kong. For about US$4-5, you’ll take an ~ hour ferry ride from the Central ferry terminal to the island where it’s as different as you can get.

My excuse was for an adventure to a relatively safe but less-explored part of Hong Kong. Cheung Chau Island was perfect since no one really goes there except for apparently a Bun Festival that was decidedly a bit too far off in the calendar and a bit too crowded for my liking anyway. I’d never make it far in a career in bun snatching (although mental note, I will have to experience that some day)!

I’ve been to Tung Chau and Lantau but I think Cheung Chau has a little more to offer for anyone who’s into just… wandering. There are options for a bike or rickshaw rental but I mostly wandered around with a unicycle if that’s of much use.

Generally, the first thing you’ll notice is that the island does smell of fish, salted fish. There are a lot of locals hanging out their fish to salt and dry and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, at least for me because I quite like fish and this smells familiarly of markets and such from my childhood.

Specimen of fish out of water

I’m unsure how populous the island is since there are sufficient people around but as I headed deeper into the village, there seemed to be segments of plainly abandoned housing. I don’t think these places were hastily abandoned since they looked like they were deliberately in the midst of being torn down which also made them decidedly less creepy.

Still, I did wander into a bunch that had old grafitti and some furniture. I think the best part of this might be the fact that all of these old places are right in the path of the regular roads (ie they’re very accessible and are along paths that are trodden by real humans anyway) and you’re unlikely to find trouble if you wander into those places.

I’m still kind of reminded of the environments of The Last of Us or, if you don’t game, any post-apocalyptic scenarios. Quite a good place for some reference images.


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