Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Did you know there are approximately 50 Hong Kong beaches? Before booking our flights to the city we had no idea of this fact. For us, images of Hong Kong consisted of skyscrapers and bright neon lights, not stretches of glorious white sand. But it’s true, Hong Kong has some lovely beaches that are the perfect refuge from the busy city centre. Cheung Sha Beach makes the top of many people’s ‘best Hong Kong beaches’ list, so we decided to check it out.
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Our reasons for choosing Cheung Sha Beach out of all the other Hong Kong beach options included the following.
- We wanted a quiet beach, away from the crowds.
- We wanted a long beach for walks.
- We wanted an ‘easy to get to’ beach, but not too easy so too many others would be there.
Cheung Sha Beach ticks all these boxes.
Cheung Sha Beach Location
Cheung Sha Beach is on Lantau Island, one of Hong Kong’s most popular islands for day-trippers from the city. As well as it’s beaches, Lantau island offers visitors a selection of other interesting sights. These include Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha), Po Lin Monastery and Tai O fishing village. You can also ride the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car which offers fantastic Hong Kong views.
Once we discovered these other Lantau Island highlights, we decided to make a whole day of it.
The Best Lantau Island Beach
There are some other beaches on Lantau Island, these include Pui O and Silvermine, but Cheung Sha beach beats them all.
Cheung Sha beach is split into two sections, lower and upper, and at 3km in length, is one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches. Despite this, it still remains quiet and is the beach to go to for some peaceful isolation. Apart from four or five expats taking a barefoot stroll, we were the only people there. We almost had the 3km to ourselves!
We visited Cheung Sha beach on a mid-December Friday afternoon. The weather was sunny and warm but due to Hong Kong’s approaching winter, the sea was too cold for swimming. Instead, we enjoyed a walk in the sand and lunch upon the rocks which separate the beach’s two sections.
Cheung Sha Beach Amenities
Lower Cheung Sha Beach has the most amount of amenities, so we hear at weekends it gets busier than the upper end, over the small headland.
The lower end has a couple of restaurants serving fresh fish and cold beer. These are popular with expats arriving by junk but you won’t see them here Monday to Friday. We noticed a campsite but we couldn’t see anyone using it at the time of our visit. There are also some public toilets and changing rooms should you need them.
The upper section of Cheung Sha Beach felt more remote due to the lack of amenities. We liked how we had access to those amenities on the lower section but could get away from it all by just walking over the rocks to the upper end. We felt a million miles away from Hong Kong city.
Getting to Cheung Sha Beach from Hong Kong Island
We were based on Hong Kong Island in the Wan Chai area and getting to Cheung Sha Beach was pretty easy. We decided to take the ferry but there are buses you can take to Tung Chung on Lantau Island. Tung Chung also has an MTR station. If you fancy taking the ferry, which drops you off closer to Cheung Sha Beach, then read on.
Follow These Steps
- Take the MTR or tram to Central Station
- Walk to the Cental Ferry Terminal
- Follow signs to pier number 6 for Mui Wo (Lantau Island)
- Take the fast (35 mins) or ordinary (50 mins) ferry to Mui Wo
- Once at Mui Wo, take buses 1 or 4 from just outside the ferry terminal
- Get off at bus stop Cheung Sha Police Headquarters (20 mins from Mui Wo and around $10HK)
- From the bus stop, walk in the same direction the bus is going for a few meters until you reach a small road turn off on the left.
- Walk down this short dead end road until you see a footpath on the right. This path will lead to Lower Cheung Sha Beach.
Once you reach Lower Cheung Sha Beach, you could do as we did by gradually making your way to the upper end. At the top end of the beach is a short rocky path to the upper Cheung Sha Beach bus stop where you can head back to Mui Wo or take another bus to one of Lantau’s other sights. There are loads of buses that take you all over the island. We jumped on bus number 21 to the Tai O fishing village. We recommend doing the same! 🙂