It may have been a month since I came back from Hong Kong, but I still have two more days worth to lay out before approaching the trip to Brazil (coincidentally, we met for our mini “reunion” this past). Sharing and synthesizing my traveling experiences has been quite the task because of how much I saw in such a short period of time, along with the fast-paced life that I have, meaning that I don’t have a lot of downtime to sit and actually reflect.
For my second last day, a friend of mine told me about a small island that had a cave that belonged to a pirate. Although the cave was a small aspect of Cheung Chau (長洲, lit. “Long Island”), it was enough for me to warrant a day’s visit.
Since the island is not accessible by the MTR, I had to take the ferry from Central. There are two options to get to the island – the Fast Ferry or the Regular. As the names suggest, one cuts the travel time in half from one hour to approximately thirty minutes. The price difference isn’t that much, so it boils down more so to the schedule. The Fast Ferry arrived first, so I hopped on board and took a nap for the duration of the ride.
Upon arriving on the island, the first thing that strikes you is the absence of motor vehicles. The only modes of transportation is either bicycle or foot. Walking through the narrow streets, it becomes clear as to why there are no cars or anything of the sort (apart from emergency vehicles).
Since Cheung Chau is known as a fishing village/island, my first mission was to get some curry fish balls. I stopped by a local food stand of sorts, and paid the equivalent of less than a dollar for two of the freshest curry fish balls I’ve ever tasted.
After gobbling my snack, I set out to look for Cheung Po Tsai’s cave. The entrance is a nondescript, as I came across with a rock wall and a narrow entrance by my feet. Sliding down, I entered a small cave that is a pretty short pathway and leads out to a fantastic view of the ocean. That said, it is a pretty fun experience, using my phone as a flashlight and feeling the rocks as a pathway.
Although the walk to the cave took a good hour, I decided to take advantage of the “ferry point,” which was just one of the small motor boats for hire (~10HKD) that traveled back and forth between the ends of the island. Not having to make the long trek, I stopped by a small café, with locals talking to the husband/wife owners and a sleepy cat, for a bowl of fishballs and noodles. The slow-paced afternoon came to an end when I took the ferry back to the main island so as to get ready for dinnr with relatives at 8 Happiness (for whom I brought fresh fish balls from Cheung Chau), where we dined on my favourite dishes (including sea cucumber, fish maw, and chicken feet).
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