Travelling to and exploring Cheung
"He then led them out of the city over to Bethany. Raising his hands he blessed them" Luke 24:50 (The Message)
The island of Cheung Chau is easily accessible by
ferry from Central District on Hong Kong Island. Ferries leave every half an hour
during the daytime and take between 35 and 55 minutes depending on whether you
catch the ordinary or fast ferry (see schedule
and fares). All departures are from Pier 5 - just a few minutes from Hong
Kong Station, the terminus for the Airport Express train, and Central MTR station.
|Coming from Shenzhen
Many people come to us through Shenzhen, either the Shenzhen International Airport, train into Shenzhen or through-train to Hung Hom station in Hong Kong.
From Shenzhen Airport - you can take a direct bus to Hong Kong (Central) or the Metro train to border at either Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau and then take the MTR train to Central station - please open this pdf file for directions.
If arriving on the through-train from mainland China to Hung Hom station in Hung Kong, then you can either (1) take the MTR train one stop to East TST and change to Central line from TST to Central stations, then follow signs to Central Piers (2) take a bus or taxi to the TST Star Ferry then the star ferry across the harbour to Central, exit and walk right to Pier 5
Arriving at Cheung Chau Island
Bethany is located near the top of Cheung Chau island, a haven of peace and quietness awaits, disturbed only by nature - this is your reward for completing the 20-minute uphill walk from the ferry pier! If you are making your own way to Bethany from the Cheung Chau pier and have not been before, please use this PDF map to guide you up to Bethany – the key thing is to exit the ferry pier, turn right, then first left into the village square and either first or second street on right, the map guides you the rest of the way up to Bethany. This is the most direct route, but you may like to take the more scenic way via the 2 beaches (see directions via this PDF file) which can take an additional 10-15 minutes though the pathways are less steep.
Cheung Chau is a fascinating place to explore but it is easy to get disorientated without directions. Part of the charm of the island is walking (or cycling) everywhere as there are no passenger vehicles, though the hill up to us may be a challenge for the elderly or infirm. We do not recommend travelling with heavy luggage but if this is unavoidable, we can meet guests at the pier and provide help - as long as this is arranged at time of your reservation (there are restrictions in the hours we can operate our motorised vehicle).
Arrival at Bethany
We welcome arriving guests to Bethany between 2-5pm Mondays to Saturdays, your room will normally be available from 2 pm. If arriving before 2pm you are welcome to leave luggage at our reception and take time to explore the island, or make use of shared facilities at Bethany until 2pm.
To be considerate to other guests and our small staff team, we ask that you arrive before 6 pm when the evening meal is served and the office is closed (No evening meal served on Sundays). If you are coming from outside Hong Kong then we are happy to extend arrival time to 9 pm, and by prior arrangement. On the day you are leaving, we ask you to vacate your room by 11:30am so that we can clean and prepare it for incoming guests.
Cheung Chau Island
Although Hong Kong may be a noisy bustling city, Bethany's island location is genuinely unique. This small and friendly island with no cars, pollution or constant noise, has sandy beaches and peaceful walks around rocky coves plus the convenience of a small holiday town in the centre of the island with many restaurants and fascinating shops, banks and a main post office. Cheung Chau maintains a large fishing fleet with many fisher folk living traditional lifestyles aboard authentic wooden junks.
Cheung Chau weather webcam here
For those who want to venture beyond Bethany's peaceful hillside setting with its views over the South China Sea, there are two good beaches within a few minutes downhill walk. The first, Kwun Yam (unofficially known as 'Bethany Beach' to our guests) , is a small pleasant beach, quieter than the main one because it is further for most people to walk. The main beach, Tung Wan, is a few minutes farther passing a bronze-age rock carving at the foot of the Warwick Hotel. These beaches are two of the cleanest beaches in Hong Kong, fully maintained in the summer months with lifeguards, shark nets, diving rafts and refreshments. There is also a more secluded beach known as Italian Beach about 30 minutes from Bethany and other rocky coves and small beaches.
There are many interesting walks around the island where you can explore the coastal paths and coves or simply find a secluded rock overlooking the sea and enjoy some solitude. Why not try one of our prayer walks or, if you have children with you, ask at the office for the Bethany Trailfinders sheet and go on your own treasure hunt to the pirates' cave. If you want a really challenging walk, take the inter-island ferry from Cheung Chau to Lantau island and enjoy the walking trails and peaks. Lantau is ideal for a day's outing. If walking isn't you, there are buses to various parts of Lantau where you can explore further.
Cheung Chau has a surprising variety of sports facilities. Canoes and windsurfing boards are available for rent at the beach and sports centres offer basketball, volleyball, squash, badminton and tennis. Bicycle and tricycle hire is easily available in the town. Three minutes downhill from Bethany there is a running track, with football (soccer) pitch inside it, a basketball court and children's play area - complete with changing rooms, toilets and a water fountain for filling-up your water-bottle. At Bethany we have basketball, table tennis and various outdoor/ beach items you can make use of.