When visiting Hong Kong’s Lantau Island, be sure to check out a stretch of beach called Cheung Sha that is quiet and well kept. It’s a perfect place for the family to play and eat. The name can be translated to Long Beach, and it made my kids want to play endlessly. In fact so much so, that we had burns and tongue blisters to show for it.
We were there on a holiday weekend and the beach was described as crowded, but coming from the mainland, it was still calm and peaceful. Cheung Sha is very family friendly place for a beach vacation, with plenty of kids of all ages. There was a little stream running down to the ocean where my almost 4 year old preferred to play, away from the waves. My bigger kids enjoyed letting the waves wash them to shore.
There can be an undertow, though, so pay attention to the warnings and don’t let the sun and fun lull you into a false sense of security. It’s also good to be aware that people will pollute anywhere in the world, and during a busy period there is more trash in the water than the cleaning crews can keep up with.
There is a row of restaurants along the beach, ranging from simple surf and turf to Thai to our favorite, Lantana. A little disclaimer – our friend works there and fed us so I might be a little biased. But Lantana is a hopping place on the holidays with many regulars who come for the simple menu of home-made pastas and pizzas. The carbonara had the five of us begging for more.
Cheung Sha is walkable from some high-class hotels and easily accessed by bus from the Mui Wo ferry port. We took bus 1 in the direction of Tai O. Bus stops and routes aren’t well marked and the drivers not always inclined to talk or help. So try to check routes and stop names in advance.