Cheung Po Tsai Cave

Cheung Po Tsai (CN:張保仔) was a famous pirate who lived from 1786-1822 commanding a staggering fleet of 600 ships so it is told. He had many caves and hideouts in the region and the one in Hong Kong was apparently a stash for his booty! Who knows what treasure you might find there! (Mostly amazing natural scenery and ocean views).

There is a signposted trail which leads around all the attractions of the area.

Nearby

  • Cheung Po Chai Cave Picnic Area (張保仔洞郊遊區)
  • Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple (西灣天后廟)
  • Po Yue Wan (鯆魚灣)
  • Reclining Rock (五行石)

 

Wikipedia Says

Origin

Cheung Po Tsai was a famous pirate during Jiaqing Emperor period in the Qing Dynasty and was active in the eastern part of Guangdong Province. Later, he was amnestied in 1810. According to legend, the natural cave located on the west bay of Cheung Chau is one of the secret places for Cheung Po Tsai to hide to avoid capture.

This cave, later known as Cheung Po Tsai Cave, contained no trace of treasures.

However, some people still believe that the cave is extremely narrow and can also be used to store treasures. Cheung Po Tsai Cave in the southwest of Cheung Chau, is about 10 feet deep. The total length of the cave is about 88 meters from the entrance to the exit. The cave is very dark and narrow. It is slippery and uneven, but in recent years, steel ladders have been added to facilitate visitors’ access to the caves. As the cave is narrow, only one person can pass through, so visitors must enter from the side of the cave and then leave on the other side. To enter the cave, visitors must use the ladder and bring along a flashlight. In 2012, when one of the stone blocks slipped due to the wind and rain, tourists were urged to be more cautious.

Although many people believe that the existence of Cheung Po Tsai Cave is only meant for the future generations to draw far-fetched analogies, but the cave has since become a famous place in Cheung Chau, when people bring up the history of Cheung Chau, they will also mention about the Cheung Po Tsai Cave.

In popular culture
The Amazing Race 17 visited this cave during Leg 10 Episode 10 in Hong Kong.

Other Cheung Po Tsai Caves

Lamma Island Cheung Po Tsai Cave was located in Po Lo Tsui, Lamma Island, Islands District, Hong Kong, was about 9 storey deep, much larger than the Cheung Chau’s Cave and much darker too. In 1979, the Lamma Island Cheung Po Tsai Cave was presumably destroyed when Lamma Island Power Station was built near the site. On 2016, decades of rain and weathering had since worn away most of rocky debris that covered the entrance of the Cave, making it partly accessible again.

In addition, there are also Cheung Po Tsai Caves at Tap Mun, Sai Wan, Chung Hom Kok, Chek Chau, Siu Kau Yi Chau and Longxue Island, Guangzhou.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • EN Address: Cheung Po Tsai Road, Cheung Chau, Outlying Islands
  • Getting There: Take a 35-to-60-minute ferry ride from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau. Turn right at Cheung Chau Ferry Pier, walk along the coast for 20 minutes to Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple, then walk uphill for about 10 minutes.

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