The Cheung Chau Bun Festival, a decaying fishing industry and living a peaceful life on this idyllic island
To be honest I am glad I was not on Cheung Chau on May 17th, it was oh so crowded, a bit wet and very humid but one cannot deny the Cheung Chau bun festival is legendary although I am sure people just go in the hope of seeing someone fall 40ft to the ground whilst collecting buns at a height.
Cheung Chau is notable because the "apartment" blocks / village houses top out at 3 floors which means you see everyone's washing drying outside which makes for some interesting images although I am quite sure no one would want to see my undies flapping in the wind... perish the thought.
No cars are allowed on Cheung Chau which means that walking or riding a bike is the thing to do, unfortunately this vehicle is like an invasive species, it trundles a long making a right old racket and if you are eating at one of the seafood restaurants on the promenade you can be sure of one passing by every 30 secongs, it can really get on your nerves.
Cheung Chau is a weekend getaway for Hong Kong people who want to escape the rat race... it is just a pity that the famous Miami Resort (shown in the image) is really, really horrible, it is amazing that all the publicity shots shy away from the front of the property and with good reason.
This Banyan tree located near the town centre on Cheung Chau has been turned into a shrine... it really is a magnificent tree
Over the years I have been to every corner of Cheung Chau and I have never come across a pig unless it is in bits hanging up in a butchers shop.
It is not hard getting around Cheung Chau on foot, if that doesn't appeal then rent a bike.
Seemingly built just days after Earth was formed 4.6 billion years ago, the Pak Tai Temple is a classic and very, very photogenic, make sure you donate HK$20 and sign the visitor book on entry and then snap away.
Let me make this crystal clear, I am not a fan of Chinese Opera, it is right up there with listening to Justin Bieber or Britney Spears. In a nutshell to my ears the sound of Chinese Opera is akin to the sound a cat makes if you stand on it's tail and then listen to that for 3 hours.
I am however a real fan of the costumes and make up and quite often the performances are free. Yahoo.
Cheung Chau is a decaying old fishing village and naturally a lot of the somewhat horrid dried fish is on sale and naturally the lady serving you is a toothless old hag who naturally is a multi millionaire. You have been warned.
I imagine it is impossible to get lost on Cheung Chau as it is a small island, as such you you should wander off down random paths and see where they lead you... I came across this decrepit house and there is someone living in there and yes it is probably the rich old fisherhag who lives here.
Cheung Chau is one of the few remaining fishing villages left in Hong Kong and you can get some seriously good images.
I love Temples, I love the history, the colours and the smell of incense. WOW!