56 asia towers are covered with buns and people scramble up these towers to get the top-most one for good luck. HIKE UP TO THE NORTH LOOKOUT PAVILION To the left of Tin Hau temple is a sloping path and stairway that leads you through residential areas to a more wooded pathway that turns to the right. This is the Cheung Chau Family Walk and will lead you to a great lookout point if you follow the path. This path can get pretty steep, so take your time climbing — you’ll pass by a playground, a cemetery, even a path to a reservoir before you finally reach the North Lookout Pavilion. From there, it’s one last short but steep climb up before you reach the pavilion with the panoramic view. HEAD SOUTH If you turn right from the ferry terminal and head south instead, you’ll find yourself in the centre of the town of Cheung Chau. It’s more bustling with many little shops and eateries here, including big chain brands like McDonald’s and Mannings. Continue down Cheung Chau Sai Tai road and follow the coastline of Sai Wan and you’ll leave the town behind you. The land is much flatter here, and it is some distance to walk to the main attractions in the southwest corner of the island, so consider renting a bike or a tricycle/trishaw here to speed up the time it takes for you to cover the distance. SQUEEZE THROUGH THE PIRATE’S CAVE Cheung Po Tsai was a notorious pirate back in the day, and this little cave on the southwest end of Cheung Chau was apparently one of his hideouts. The path passed through a picnic area where you can have a barbeque, but suddenly ends in a wall of rock. Where is the cave? The cave is an actual hole in the rocks — I only spotted it after seeing the people in front of us gingerly lowering themselves into the hole! There are some markers pointing to it as well, but back in the day this would definitely have been quite an e‹ective hiding spot from the authorities. We lowered ourselves into a dark hole without any handholds, and then climbed down a short steel ladder — bring a torch or use your phone light because there is no lighting at all in this cave. I thought it would be a cave with one entrance, but this cave is perhaps more rightfully a tunnel so low that you have to stoop to get by in certain spots. Claustrophobic people should beware as the walls are very narrow and we had to squeeze in spots to get by. And finally we reached the other end, and climbed up another ladder to be rewarded with an excellent view. You can also check out the fork along the path to the Cheung Po Tsai cave that brings you to the Reclining Rock, which are several large rock formations, but we ran out of time as it was starting to get dark. I would have liked to head east and check out Tung Wan and Kung Yam beaches, as well as the Mini Great Wall if I had more time here. Till next time I returned to Hong Kong! This article was first posted at theoccasionaltraveller.com, a travel blog with stories and tips to help busy working folk travel more. Jaclynn Seah is The Occasional Traveller, a freelance travel writer from Singapore who loves exploring new places on her own and learning about new cultures around the world.