Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cheung Chau Island


Another trip to an outlying island - with our dear friends, Justin & Joelle!



This fishing village-turned-tourist-trap is bigger than we thought it would be! Hoping to see the cave where Pirate Cheung Po Tsai stashed his goods (Did you know that the pirate played by Chow Yun-Fat, in The Pirates of The Caribbean, was based off this guy?) .... We didn't make it there, but we spent the entire day chowing on fresh seafood and wandering the eye-candy streets.


dried sea creatures, girls?




even dried starfish (top left)


We picked one of the seafood restaurants along the main street. The food was SWIMMING until we ordered it. We proceeded to order everything on the menu: Lobster, Crab, Clams, Mussels, Scallops, Dumplings....



Enough food option to satisfy a 6 year old girl. They even walked next door to buy her requested 'milk' which was served in a tea cup. The toddler ate far less, but still was entertained and happy.


After lunch, we rented a bike for ABear. (Oddly, they offered bikes with seats in the back to tote others... but warned us that we'd get ticketed if we pulled our children along in them. So we opted for safety and skipped that. In hindsight, it probably would have been totally fine. We saw MANY people biking their children along in those things.)





lots of seafood to ogle at

choose your own pearl! You get what you get!
playground - the standard set of older Chinese women resting their feet while watching the youth

Time to investigate a Temple....


ornate

like a totem pole.... the dragon here has a ball in his mouth that is a separate, moving piece. Dragons usually hold a 'pearl of wisdom' in their mouth, or claws, etc. - it is the source of their power and is linked to either the sun or moon, depending on legend

not a slide

offerings of fruit


incense coils

protecting and guarding the temple


joss sticks

After the temple and exploring -- we were ready for some street food!

 

POTATO/POTAHTO - We watched as a woman spiral cut it, cored it, skewered it and then deep fried it. We salted then ate this - sooo delicious! Like the best potato chips, ever.

 

still smiling even without a nap today

street-side-toys... come with a warning "washing your hands after playing" .... hmmmm


 And back home to HK Island on a ferry. 


in the distance - a jetpowered boat that fairly floats above the water




Verdict? 
Cheung Chau is GREAT for families and kids. 
We only touched the surface - so much more to go back and see!

4 comments:

  1. That is AMAZING!!! Love that you and the fam are getting to experience all of this! Side note, the statue pointing at his eye, I would have posed a picture with someone making a hug gesture and someone pointing at the photographer... ;)

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    1. Great idea Heidi! These are just so cool!

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  2. Ah-mazing! The pictures of dried starfish and street food- just... wow. :) That's awesome. I can't wait to show this one to the kids.

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  3. Looks like a great trip! Hope you get more in.

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