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Cheung Po Tsai Cave, Hong Kong Overview

The natural cave of Cheung Po Tsai, located in Cheung Chau, is arguably one of the best-kept secrets of Hong Kong. It is believed that Cheung Po Cave was a hiding place for the iconic pirate leader of the same name. This cave is snuggled in the remote regions of Hong Kong island.

The iconic cave of Cheung Po Tsai is a peculiar-looking formation that boasts a rich history dating back to the 19th century. It is believed that the Guangdong pirate, Cheung Po Tsai hid his treasures in this secret place to prevent capture. However, in the later years, no traces of treasures were found here. This cave became a centrepiece of many movies and stories namely the Pirates of the Caribbean which depicts the character of Cheung Po Tsai and his stories of pillage. The cave was also named after Cheung Po Tsai, the infamous hero and draws locals and tourists from far and near.

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Legend & Origin of Cheung Po Tsai

Cheung Po Tsai was regarded as one of the most notorious pirates in Chinese history. He was born in 1783 to a fisherman father but later he was kidnapped by pirate leader Cheng I and was forced into piracy. Cheung Po was smart and gracefully adapted to his new life filled with crime. After the death of Cheng I in 1807, Cheung Po married his widow and continued his life of destruction. He was mainly active in the Guangdong coastal region during the reign of the Qing Dynasty (the last Chinese imperial dynasty). There was a time when Cheung Po became very powerful and could command a fleet of 600 pirate ships and over 40,000 army men.

In the year 1809, Cheung Po’s life took a twist when he was attacked by the Government of the Qing Dynasty and was asked to surrender. Finally, he ended his pirate life and started a career as a navy colonel. The rest of Cheung Po’s life was dedicated to the Government where he helped them in fighting other pirates. However, while he was trying to escape, the cave of Cheung Po Tsai became his hide-out. It is believed that this infamous man has hidden all the pirate loot there itself. However, still today no treasure has been found in the cave.

Cheung Po Tsai is an extremely dark and narrow cave which makes it more obvious as a treasure hide-out. The 88 metres long cave with a depth of 10 feet often looks mysterious and intriguing. For the convenience of the tourists, steel ladders are installed inside so that it is easy to access. Walking through the dark underground passages gives a spooky vibe and indeed it is an experience of a lifetime. Whenever the legendary stories of Cheung Po will be told, Cheung Po Tsai Cave will come alive flashing back memories of an era that is lost in time.

How To Reach Cheung Po Tsai Cave

Cheung Chau Island is only accessible by ferry. The island is an hour ferry ride from Central Pier 5. After turning right at the Cheung Chau Ferry Pier, take a 20-minutes walk to the Temple of Sai Wan Tin Hau. From there, a 10-minutes uphill hike will take you to the historic Cheung Po Tsai Cave.

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