Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau is definitely one of my favourite beaches in Hong Kong. And at over 3 kilometres, it is one of the longest beaches in the city. With limited development in the neighbouring area, and a towering Sunset Peak behind, the beach makes you forget about all the skyscrapers in Hong Kong.
How To Get To Cheung Sha Beach
From Hong Kong Island
- Catch the ferry to Mui Wo from Pier 6 at Central Ferry Pier.
- Once you arrive at Mui Wo, take either bus numbers 1 or 2 to Cheung Sha Ha Tsuen. Keep your map open to know when you’re close to the stop.
- Alight at Cheung Sha Ha Tsuen, and walk down the slope towards the beach. That’s it!
Taxis are also available at the Mui Wo Ferry Pier. However, you might need to wait for one as they’re not that common.
From Tung Chung
To get to Cheung Sha Beach from Tung Chung, take bus number 11 from the Tung Chung Town Centre to Cheung Sha Ha Tsuen.
In case you plan to drive, parking is limited next to the beach. Keep that in mind.
Hong Kong’s Longest Beach
Here’s a quick tour of the beach from the sky.
Cinematic Cheung Sha Beach
From the video, you can tell that the beach is divided into 2 (unequal) parts by a headland. The shorter beach in the north is Lower Cheung Sha Beach, and the longer beach in the south is Upper Cheung Sha Beach. Both beaches have different characteristics.
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
The part of the beach that you first approach when you get off the bus is Lower Cheung Sha Beach – the more popular part. Here, the beachfront is lined with cafes and restaurants, and also has a water-sports centre from where beach-goers can rent kayaks, paddle-boards, or other surfing equipment.
We’ve often brought our friends and family to this part of the beach to spend a day, and they’ve loved it. It’s so relaxing, and it’s hard for people who don’t live in the city to believe that this beach is in Hong Kong.
The best part about Lower Cheung Sha Beach is that even when it gets really crowded during the summers, it still has enough space for everyone to enjoy. You can spend the day soaking up the sun or simply stroll along the beach.
Bars and Restaurants
There are numerous restaurants and cafes along Lower Cheung Sha to pick from, each more inviting than the other.
We’ve been to the beach on multiple occasions and usually head to our favourite restaurant, Lantana.
To get to Lantana walk past all the other restaurants (starting with Bathers) till you approach a mini-bridge. Lantana is located just before the bridge.
We simply love the place for its refreshing drinks and delicious pizzas. The owners are very friendly, and always up for a quick chat.
Other than Lantana, we’ve also eaten at Bathers and Long Island. Both are great restaurants, but we always find ourselves returning to Lantana for its quaint, family-run feel.
Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach is the longer of two beaches. In my opinion, it is also the prettier of the two beaches. The lack of commercial establishments makes it more peaceful and less crowded. It’s perfect for long walks, or running on the beach.
It’s easy to go from one beach to the other. During low-tide, you can walk through the water between Lower and Upper Cheung Sha beaches. At high-tide, take the short path that cuts across the headland. There is a vantage point in the middle of the headland. But unfortunately, the view it offers is anything but advantageous.
Beach Activities and Facilities
Both Upper and Lower beaches boast of numerous activities and water-sports centres. Kayaking, paddle-boarding, and surfing are popular choices for beachgoers. In fact, between November and March, Cheung Sha Beach is one of the best windsurfing locations in Hong Kong.
There is also a camping location on Lower Cheung Sha beach for those who wish to spend the night on the beach.
If you’re looking for more traditional accommodation near Cheung Sha Beach, I can recommend the Silvermine Beach Resort. The hotel is at Silvermine Bay Beach at Mui Wo.
Other Beaches In The Vicinity
Lantau Island has numerous other beaches too, and small are in close proximity to Cheung Sha Beach.
Pui O Beach is another popular choice for many during the summer months. To get to Pui O, take the same buses from Mui Wo, but alight at Pui O Village. You can also hike from Mui Wo to Pui O, built that appetite, and then feast at Mavericks.
Mui Wo itself has the Silvermine Bay Beach close to the ferry pier. Although, not as pretty or secluded, there are many restaurants and cafes in the area. Including, Stoep, the South African restaurant that was once on Cheung Sha Beach.
And if you’re looking for a restaurant that serves the best steak in Hong Kong, head to The Gallery in Tong Fuk.