The Cheung Po Tsai Cave is a popular tourist destination on the island of Cheung Chau in Hong Kong. It was named after the notorious 18th century pirate Cheung Po Tsai who used the cave as hideout where he kept some of his treasures. According to legends, Cheung Po Tsai's stash remain hidden in the cave. Unfortunately for treasure hunters, there is no trace of any pirate loot in the cave these days.
During the Qing Dynasty, Cheung Po Tsai was active in the South China Seas with more than 50,000 men and a fleet 600 ships under his command. In 1810, he surrendered to the Qing government and became a captain in the Qing imperial navy, receiving the rank of navy colonel and an appointment in Penghu, far away from Hong Kong. His adventures were subject of many folk legends and movies. Sao Feng, the character played by Chow Yun-fat in The Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World’s End is based on Cheung Po Tsai.
While it may look nothing more than a crevice between massive boulders from the outside, exploring the dark winding passages of the Cheung Po Tsai Cave can be a fascinating adventure. Bring a flashlight if you plan to explore the cave. It has also become a dwelling place for bats and mosquitoes so be warned.
To get to the Cheung Po Tsai Cave, take a 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.