Cheung Chau is a dumbbell-shaped island 10 km southwest of Hong Kong Island. It has several small, but nevertheless beautiful beaches along its coastline, such as the Kwun Yam and Tung Wan beaches. These beaches usually fill up with crowds quickly because of their accessibility.
But a 40-minute walk from Cheung Chau's main ferry pier, along a path that also leads to the island's cemetery, is a small and secluded beach that’s rarely occupied. It is called Pak Tso Wan Beach or Italian Beach which features coarse sand and enclosed by rocky headlands and lush, green hills.
The beach was nicknamed Italian Beach by the island's European expats who treated it as their own private beach. This beach is suitable for swimming but visitors are advised to enjoy the waters with caution and watch out for hidden rocks. Being secluded and ungazzeted, expect not facilities like changing rooms and showers. There are are also no lifeguards on duty nor no shark nets installed.
To get to Pak Tso Wan Beach from the ferry pier, walk south along the harbour and look for an uphill path just before the Sai Wan pier. From here, head along the Family Walk until you see signs for Pak Tso Wan just before the cemetery. Alternatively, take a kaido ferry service from Cheung Chau Public Pier to Sai Wan.