At over 3 kilometres, Cheung Sha Beach (located on south-east side of Lantau Island) is one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches. With limited development in the neighbouring area and a towering peak behind it, Cheung Sha Beach feels like paradise.
To get a sense of how long and beautiful this beach is, see the video below. I purposely created this video using long panning clips to give you a feel for the length of the beach. So, be patient while watching and wait for the beach to reveal itself.
You probably noticed in the video that Cheung Sha Beach is divided into 2 (unequal) parts, Lower Cheung Sha Beach, and Upper Cheung Sha Beach, that is split by the little mound of rocks. Personally I found that lower and upper parts had very different characteristics.
How To Get To Cheung Sha Beach
Getting to Cheung Sha Beach is fairly easy whether you’re on Hong Kong Island or on Lantau Island. From Central, catch the ferry to Mui Wo from Pier 6. Get off at Mui Wo and take either bus number 1 or 2 to Cheung Sha Ha Tsuen. From Cheung Sha Ha Tsuen, it’s a 100m walk. If you’re in Tung Chung, take bus number 11 to the same stop. If you suck at remembering bus routes, taxis are available, although not as frequently.
And before I forget, Pui O Beach is close to Cheung Sha Wan. Feel free to read more about Pui O Beach and check out more awesome pics.
Lower Cheung Sha Beach
Lower Cheung Sha Beach is the more popular of the two beaches. Its beachfront is full of 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
The beachfront on Lower Cheung Sha is lined with restaurants and bars, each more inviting than the other. As every restaurant has more or less the same view, you’ve got to pick a different criteria to select a place to eat. Perhaps that’s what made me pick Stoep (now relocated to Mui Wo).
The Stoep Restaurant (relocated to Mui Wo)
The Stoep Restaurant is a South African / Mediterranean restaurant on Lower Cheung Sha Beach. It menu offers more Mediterranean food than South African, but as I had never tried South African cuisine before, I thought I’d give it a try.
Stoep recently moved its location further down the beach. I’d never been the old location, but the new location is less than a minute away from the other restaurants. Views of the sea are limited, so make sure to reserve.
Food wise, we were left extremely satisfied. We sat at the restaurant for over 2 hours and ordered everything from garlic bread, South African sausages, prawn in different flavours, and a couple of desserts too! Stoep, is highly recommended.
Upper Cheung Sha Beach
Upper Cheung Sha Beach is the prettier and longer of two beaches. Stand at one end, and it’s sand as far as the eye can see. The lack of commercial establishments makes Upper Cheung Sha the more peaceful of the two beaches.
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 here. In fact, between November and March, Cheung Sha Beach is the best windsurfing beach in Hong Kong.
Photos of Cheung Sha Beach
If you need more reason to the head to Cheung Sha Beach, take a look at the photos below.