Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cheung Chau

 As our time in Hong Kong winds down, we’re trying to squeeze in a few last items on our to-do list. As Doug mentioned, we’ve seen all of the A list tourist sites, but there were still a few lower level sites left that we wanted to check out. Last Thursday, we tackled one of those items and headed over to Cheung Chau, one of the small outlying islands. Doug and I weren’t expecting much, but we had heard we could rent bicycles, so the boys were really looking forward to it. And, as it turns out, they were right. Cheung Chau was everything I had hoped for with our trip to Lamma Island, which as you may remember was a bit of a train wreck due to the national day crowds. This time, we ate a lovely seafood lunch, sitting outside to enjoy the 70 degree and sunny weather (and by we, I mean Doug and me. To our great consternation, since we have come to China, the boys have decided that they will only occasionally eat rice and noodles. Joy. So, we gave the boys a few bucks, sent them down the street, and back they came with french fries from McDonalds). 

With everybody satiated, we rented bikes and set out to explore the island.


Rather than sticking to the main drag where the few other tourists were riding (due mainly to the fact that many of them had rented bicycles with a bench in the back – suitable only for flat roads), we pushed our bikes up some steep hills and were rewarded with some lovely vistas. At one point, Doug remarked that he felt like he was riding his bike through Italy, although there were obvious signs this was not the case.

There were pirate caves to explore, rocks to climb and beaches to comb (alas – it was not quite warm enough to swim).

All in all, it was really a stunning day. As we rode down the winding streets to return out bikes, there were definitely more than two smiling faces in our family on Thursday afternoon.

More than once, the boys remarked that they wished we had come to Cheung Chau earlier in our stay so that we could have visited more than once. As we squeeze in a last few sight-seeing trips, we can’t help but feel the same way (wow – why didn’t we try Knutsford Terrace for dinner earlier?), but I think you could explore Hong Kong, or any other major city for that matter, forever and still not feel like you’ve seen it all. However, I have no real glaring regrets or list of things I wish we did. We’ve done and seen a lot in our time here, so while I’m sad to be leaving Hong Kong, I am definitely looking forward to conquering a new city.

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