Chau means "island" and Cheung means "long" in Chinese, but this popular dumbbell-shaped island is actually relatively small, at just 2.4 square kilometres end to end. Over the centuries, the sand-bar township between its two hilly extremities has developed a Mediterranean ambience and become the most populated of all island communities.
This outlying island is no longer remote. Express and regular ferries operate frequent services from Central.
The fishing village atmosphere remains although this industry has diminished greatly in modern Hong Kong.
Fish balls are a common street food in Hong Kong, but the Cheung Chau version is extra large compared to the urban counterparts.