Very relaxed start today as woke up around 8am but wasn’t required to head out until 10am or so, we went to McDonalds for breakfast for some reason, though at least their menu is slightly different – had a macaroni pasta soup thing with grilled chicken.
Then it was off to the pier at central for a ferry to Cheung Chau, we met up with the rest of the family at some point along the way (and I mean all of the family in the country), so the 11 of us marched onto the ferry at pier 5, and went on our way to Cheung Chau island.
Cheung chau used to be primarily a fishing village, and the masses of fishing boats and trawlers constantly remind you of this fact. The island is now mostly a tourist location for locals, the slightly slower pace of life and small village kind of vibe is a nice change for those raised in the concrete jungle that is central Hong Kong.
The sun as expected was blazing in the sky, the heat around 33 degrees probably. We walked along the narrow streets and touristy main sections to take in the sights, before eventually heading into a small restaurant for lunch – a rather disappointing smattering of rice and noodle dishes. We chose the right time to have lunch at least, as it began to rain pretty heavily while we were eating, it had cleared up and the sun was back out by the time we were done though.
Not a massive amount more I can say about the main town area, it was mostly food shops in the centre, and then random smaller local businesses down all of the side roads and alleys, the latter was a bit of a nightmare to navigate as cyclists and forklift trucks seemed to be doing laps down the roads despite them being filled with people. To try and keep the heat at bay I took the liberty of eating as much cold stuff as I could find – fried ice cream, ice cream donut, watermelon crushed ice…
Along the way we came across a fence filled with brightly coloured love locks, my aunt (HK Local) had come prepared for this, and unleashed a rather ridiculous industrial strength metal padlock to attach to the fence, probably not the most cutesy love tribute in the world, but I guess metaphorically the love should remain strong and unbreakable?
We also walked down by the beach and got to watch a helicopter take off, and of course check out the bikini girls (though in true asian fashion, most of the girls were covered up or flat).
After touring the main area, we headed down for a longer walk down the coastal path towards Po yue wan, a branch off the island down southwest with a forested mountain and cliffs. The walk was long and hot, though there were some nice views when you had time to think about anything other than how sweaty you were.
After finally arriving at the base of the mountain, I get informed that we’re hiking up and over it… Great. So off we went, hiking through this mountainous path through as forest, staring at cicada’s a third the size of my hand, and gigantic spiderwebs filled with fucking gigantic disgusting spiders and oh god so many mosquitos, whose idea was this?
The path curved to the right and one of my uncles lead us to a cave, “it’s great fun” he says, and motions for us to come closer to go in. It’s basically a small crack between the rocks, just large enough for a single person to fit through at a time (hambeasts probably wouldn’t fit through this cave opening, let alone make it through). A local salesman has set up shop by the opening to sell torches, which is always a great sign.
After some convincing, we followed him in, just making it down to the entrance hole was kind of a struggle, and once you were inside it was a steep decline down via a rock staircase. There was no light inside, thankfully I had my mobile phone torch, but it was still hard to navigate inside as you’d effectively be down to only one hand’s mobility – and the caves innards are tricky enough that you may actually need both hands just to get through. I was second to last in, a young girl of asian age (anywhere between 16 and 29) was behind me – and for whatever reason she decided not to bring any form of light, the ladder (literally a small ladder that someone had put inside the cave to clear a steep drop) was completely dark for her so I had to help her through, she stuck pretty close after that and we shared a little moment, nothing brings strangers together like being stuck in a pitch black cave with only one torch it seems. We eventually made it through mostly unscathed, I say mostly as I hit my head once.
Few more photos and it was back to the main town for dinner, we walked pretty far along the harbourfront before stopping at a seafood specialist restaurant – some of the older folk went to a nearby seafood shop to buy fresh stuff, and then brought it back and handed it to our waitress who would pass it through to the chefs (literally pick out your own seafood and give it to them, for them to cook it for you). We had fresh prawns, clams, razor clams, scallops, fish (tilapia?) and some other dishes. Headed back shortly after dinner, taking in the night scenery.