At over 3 kilometres, Cheung Sha Beach is one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches. With limited development in the neighbouring area, and a towering peak behind it, the beach makes you forget about all the skyscrapers in Hong Kong. I would go as far as to say it is the best beach on Lantau Island.
How To Get To Cheung Sha Beach
From Hong Kong Island
Catch the ferry to Mui Wo from Pier 6 from 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!
If you suck at remembering bus routes, taxis are available, although not as frequently.
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.
Parking is limited next to the beach. In case you plan to drive, keep that in mind.
Hong Kong’s Longest Beach
Cheung Sha Beach happens to be one of the longest beaches in Hong Kong.
Cinematic Cheung Sha Beach
The beach is divided into 2 (unequal) parts by headland. The shorter beach in the north is Lower Cheung Sha Beach, and the longer beach in the south is Upper Cheung Sha Beach.
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
As you come off South Lantau Road, you arrive at Lower Cheung Sha Beach. This is the more popular and commercial part of the beach.
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.
Cheung Sha Beach Restaurants
There are many 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.
Lantana is the last restaurant in the row, just before the mini-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.
Cheung Sha Beach Activities
Both Upper and Lower beaches boast of numerous activities and water-sports centres. Kayaking, paddle-boarding, and surfing are popular choices for beach goers. 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 the 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 besides 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 the restaurant that serves the best steak in Hong Kong, head to Tong Fuk.