About Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau, literally meaning “Long- Province”, is one of the most densely populated outlying islands in Hong Kong. It is nicknamed as ‘Dumbbell Island’ due to its shape. Cheung Chau Island has been a prosperous fishing village since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The historical monuments make the island a unique hub of Eastern and Western cultures, with plentiful hereditary relics and cultural manifestations. Most of the earlier settlers made their livelihood by fishing and farming and Cheung Chau gradually evolved into a seafood market with a rapidly growing population.
Today, Cheung Chau is a packed community. Still it has preserved typical portraits of a traditional Chinese fishing village. The island has numerous seafood restaurants, food stalls and souvenir shops which do a brisk trade on weekends. While the temples offer varied choices of those who want to explore traditional Chinese legends, others may prefer a refreshing walk along the beaches with spectacular sea views.
The Jiao Festival in Cheung Chau, now internationally known as “Bun Festival” with pageantry and colourful parade, lion dances and bun-snatching competition, is originated from the annual religious rituals of the Hailufeng community in every April of the lunar calendar. “Jiao” is a traditional folk religious ceremony to thank the gracious gods for protection. Residents also pray for good weather, thriving business and peace.