10 May, 2024
Cheung Chua Island Guide
Cheung Chua Island Guide
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Cheung Chau Island Guide: Ferry Schedule, What To Do & More

10 May, 2024
Cheung Chua Island Guide

Add to your list of things to do in Hong Kong this weekend! From pristine beaches, scenic hiking trails, mango mochi and more, hop on the Cheung Chau ferry and discover what this gem of an island in Hong Kong has to offer.

Find out just what Cheung Chau is so famous for, from seafood restaurants and pet-friendly cafes to mango mochi and giant fishballs, the island is a foodie’s dream! Once you’ve filled your stomach, there are also plenty of things to do in Cheung Chau, like browsing charming local shops, chilling at its pristine beaches and exploring its hiking trails. So what are you waiting for? Check the Cheung Chau ferry schedule for a day trip, !

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Cheung Chau Island: Cheung Chau Ferry

Cheung Chau Ferry Schedule: Central To Cheung Chau Island

Ferries to Cheung Chau leave from Central Pier 5. They alternate between the slow (55 to 60 minutes) or ordinary ferry (35 to 40 minutes), and the fast ferry, which will zip you there in around 30 minutes. Grab window seats on the Cheung Chau fast ferry or head to the open deck on the slow ferry ride for breathtaking views and a nice brisk sea breeze along the way. Head here for the Cheung Chau ferry schedule.

Lantau Island residents can use the inter-island ferry service that covers Cheung Chau, Chi Ma Wan, Mui Wo and Peng Chau Island.

Sassy Tip: Cheung Chau is a great spot to enjoy with your pet, but if your furry friend is joining you on your day trip, you’ll have to take the slower ferry.

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Cheung Chau Bun Festival (Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival)

Cheung Chau Bun Festival (Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival)

The Cheung Chau Bun Festival, aka Cheung Chau Da Jiu Festival, is a seven-day Taoist sacrificial ceremony that is celebrated annually. It originated in the 18th century when Cheung Chau (then infiltrated by pirates) was affected by a plague. Residents and local fishermen paraded the village disguised as deities to drive away evil spirits.

The festival falls on the eighth day of the fourth month of the Lunar calendar and it usually coincides with Buddha’s Birthday (which means you can make the most of the public holiday!). 

Each year, the Bun Festival attracts thousands of goers who gather to witness the colourful parades coupled with traditional lion and dragon dance, and the “bun snatching competition”. Three towers are placed by the Pak Tai Temple and are entirely covered by buns (plastic ones) and competitors race to the top to snatch as many buns as possible (the more the buns, the better the fortune).

Note that during the Bun Festival, the entire island goes vegetarian for three days – most of the restaurants also adhere to this traditional so meat and seafood options may be removed from the menu during these days.

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Cheung Chau Food

Since it was historically a fishing village, the seafood is the main attraction! But there are also traditional Cantonese restaurants, along with Western-style places, so rest assured there is something delicious for everyone.

Sassy Tip: Most places are cash only, so hit the ATM before you head out there or stop off at the island’s HSBC or various convenience stores.

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Famous Cheung Chau Food and Snacks: Fishballs, Mango Mochi & More

Cheung Chau Island Food: Giant Fishballs

Cheung Chau Fishballs

If you’re a fan of fishballs, Cheung Chau is the place to get them: steamed, boiled in stock or served with a black pepper sauce. Options on the island come in all shapes and sizes (including the island’s signature giant fish balls!). Gan Yongtai is located in the square across from the ferry pier and is said to be one of the best.

Cheung Chau Frozen Watermelon

You’ll find slices as big as your head on offer; impossible to resist on hot summer days!

Cheung Chau Mango Mochi

Famous here on the island, a generous slice of fresh mango wrapped in a glutinous rice casing makes for a light and refreshing (and not overly sweet) dessert.

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Cheung Chau Restaurants & Cafes

Cheung Chau Island Food: Cheung Chau Bing Sutt

Cheung Chau Bing Sutt

Traditional Hong Kong desserts are the order of the day at this laid-back local hangout. Order from its signature shaved iced treats, including its BAILEYS or Thai milk shaved ice topped with red bean and taro balls, or opt for the delicate almond sweet soup or osmanthus sugar tricolour grass jelly for something more classic.

Cheung Chau Bing Sutt, 19C Pak She Praya Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2981 2982, cheungchaubingsutt.com

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Cheung Chau Corner

The camera drinks first at Cheung Chau Corner, where you can order brightly coloured yoghurt drinks decorated with seasonal fruits. The cafe’s wall is covered in blue tiles to look like an MTR station (if only there really was one for Cheung Chau!) — making for the perfect backdrop for your pics.

Cheung Chau Corner, 78 San Hing Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 5682 4638, www.facebook.com/cheungchaucorner

Cheung Chau Island Food: Cheung Chau Tough Guy

Cheung Chau Tough Guy

Enjoy all your favourite Hong Kong street foods at Cheung Chau Tough Guy. The selection of skewers includes everything from chicken skin to abalone, with plenty of options for vegetarians too! Be sure to save room for some deep-fried custard buns — a bestseller at this casual haunt.

Cheung Chau Tough Guy, 65 San Hing Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 8489 3143www.facebook.com/cheungchautoughguy

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Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre & Outdoor Café

This al fresco restaurant is perched on top of a hill overlooking the swells and surfs of the South China Sea. Part of the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre, dishes on the menu here include vegetarian samosas, spring rolls and Hong Kong-style fried chicken wings, amongst other tasty bites. It also offers an extensive wine selection and spectacular panoramas of the beautiful coastline.

Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre & Outdoor Café, 1 Hak Pai Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2981 8316, www.ccwindc.com.hk

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Cheung Chau Island Food: Chinese Bayview Restaurant

Chinese Bayview Restaurant, Warwick Hotel Cheung Chau

Set inside Cheung Chau’s Warwick Hotel, Chinese Bayview Restaurant serves a delectable selection of dim sum, classic Cantonese dishes and the like. If you have time to stay on the island until sunset, the restaurant is the perfect vantage point for sweeping ocean views.

Chinese Bayview Restaurant, Warwick Hotel, East Bay, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 3176 6312, warwickhotel.com.hk

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Delicious Seafood Restaurant Cheung Chau (真味海鮮菜館長洲)

At Delicious Seafood Restaurant Cheung Chau, you can pick your selection from the tanks and get fresh seafood, including prawns, fish and more, served up to your table. Service here is friendly and efficient, and the food — as the name suggests — is in fact delicious.

Delicious Seafood Restaurant Cheung Chau (真味海鮮菜館長洲), G/F, 9C Pak She Praya Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Cheung Chau Island Food: Gogh Ice House

Gogi Ice House

Gogi came onto Cheung Chau’s restaurant scene back in 2019 with its menu of mouthwatering dumplings. Sample traditional favourites filled with pork and chives, or choose from its daily menu which features contemporary flavours such as salted egg yolk, kimchi and curry.

Gogi, Shop A, G/F, 86 Tai San Praya Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 5395 9328, www.instagram.com/gogi_icehouse

Heima Heima

“Heima”, the Icelandic word for “home”, hits the nail on the head with its cosy, welcoming interior and Nordic, family-style food and drink. Don’t scrimp on dessert as its homemade cakes made from seasonal ingredients are the perfect treat to finish up a dreamy day on Cheung Chau.

Heima Heima, G/F, 25 Tsan Tuen Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 6078 3417, www.facebook.com/heimaheimahk

Hing Kee Beach Bar: Cheung Chau

Hing Kee Beach Bar

This charming little beach bar is perfect if you’re looking for a spot to chill out after a day exploring the island. Along with dishes such as fish and chips, pork chops, and other tasty home-cooked dishes, Hing Kee also serves a selection of local craft beers from breweries such as Gweilo, Heroes and Kowloon Bay.

Hing Kee Beach Bar, Kwun Yam Beach, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2981 3478www.facebook.com/Hing-Kee-Beach-Store

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Kwok Kam Kee

Found not far from Pak Tai Temple, Kwok Kan Kee Cake Shop has been supplying Cheung Chau with “ping on bao” or peace buns for over 40 years. Hugely popular throughout the annual Bun Festival, these round white buns, instantly recognisable for their lucky red stamp, are filled with either sesame, lotus seed or red bean paste. There is no English sign on the storefront, so just look out for the buns (and the queue!).

Kwok Kam Kee Cake Shop, 46 Pak She Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 9841 5683www.facebook.com/KwokKamKee

Cheung Chau Food: LA EAT


Run by wife and husband duo Aaron and Yuki, La Eat serves up Singaporean favourites like Nasi Lemak, Satay, Mee Goreng, Gado Gado and more. Find LA EAT on Kin San Lane, with outdoor seating where you can enjoy your meal with an ice-cold Pandan Cider or Laksa Beer from local brewery Black Kite.

LA EAT, 5 Kin San Lane, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 5245 5961, www.facebook.com/laeatcheungchau

Morocco’s Restaurant

This small restaurant located near the ferry pier offers a predominately Indian menu, along with a few Thai dishes. The restaurant has indoor seating, as well as tables outside with a view of the water.

Morocco’s Bar, G/F, 71 Sun Hing Praya Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2986 9767, www.instagram.com/moroccos_cheungchau

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New Baccarat Seafood Restaurant

This long-time Cheung Chau staple has been serving up fresh seafood for 20 years, and patrons keep coming back for more. The staff here are friendly and helpful, and speak both English and Cantonese

New Baccarat Seafood Restaurant, 9A Pak She Praya Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2981 0606

Cheung Chau Cafe: Nutshell


Looking to stop for a refreshing drink on your way to Tung Wah Beach? This cosy cafe will hit the spot with its sparkling tea-based concoctions. If you’re feeling a little peckish, dig into Nutshell’s freshly baked bread and pastries, we love the homemade shokupan (Japanese milk bread) served with three different spreads.

Nutshell, 156 Sun Hing Back Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 9682 6592, www.instagram.com/thenutshell_island

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The Pink Pig Music Bar & Restaurant

A good spot to head to if you’re looking for craft beers on the island, The Pink Pig serves up the likes of Young Master Ales, Hong Kong Beer Co. and more, alongside a reasonably priced food menu.

The Pink Pig Music Bar & Restaurant, G/F, 11 Kin San Lane, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 5180 0692, www.facebook.com/thepinkpig.cc

Cheung Chau Food: Pirate Bay

Pirate Bay

Facing seaward, this friendly French-style cafe was opened by a French and Hongkonger couple. On the menu is a wide selection of French favourites such as ratatouille, beef bourguignon and a hearty homemade chicken rillette. If you’re not that hungry, we recommend ordering yourself a cheese platter and a glass of wine — the perfect accompaniment to a few peaceful hours of watching the waves.

Pirate Bay, G/F, 13 & 14 Tsan Tuen Road, Sai Wan, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 9664 0699www.facebook.com/PirateBayCheungChau

Rainbow Café

Located just minutes away from the Cheung Chau ferry pier, Rainbow Café serves everything from all-day breakfasts to pizza, barbecue ribs, sandwiches and even ice cream and waffles. The café also has a rather bizarre bear theme, so don’t be too surprised by the multiple stuffed animals that may greet you!

Rainbow Café, G/F, 63 San Hing Praya Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

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Cheung Chau Cafe: SI DAN


Don’t get this eatery wrong, though its name sounds like the Cantonese word for “Whatever”, SI DAN takes food seriously. Specialising in all things eggs, SI DAN serves up quality dishes using original recipes and homemade sauces.

SI DAN, Pon 49, Pak She Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 4645 0461, www.facebook.com/sidancc

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So Bor Kee

A popular seafood restaurant found right on the main street near the ferry pier, So Bor Kee offers up classic Chinese fare such as fried rice and noodles, whole steamed fish, deep-fried squid, fried clams in black bean sauce and more. The menu has both Cantonese and English (along with pictures!), and the staff are super friendly.

So Bor Kee, G/F, 11C Pak She Praya Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2981 0998

Cheung Chau Hikes

Cheung Chau Mini Great Wall, Cheung Chau Family Trail

Cheung Chau Family Trail & Mini Great Wall

If your stomachs are full and you’re at a loss for what to do in Cheung Chau, why not go for a quick hike around the island and see if you can find the “Mini Great Wall”, which offers amazing views of many parts of the island? This hiking trail was built in 1997 by the Home Affairs Department and is part of the Cheung Chau Family Trail. It’s a 1.2-kilometre walk from Cheung Chau ferry pier. Be sure to look for the oddly named rocks along the path, such as Human Head Rock and Vase Rock. The entire island can be walked in about two hours.

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Cheung Po Tsai Cave

Explore the Cheung Po Tsai cave, rumoured to be a hiding spot for the infamous pirate Cheung Po Tsai. It gets dark inside, so remember to either bring a small handheld torch or use your phone torch. Plus, make sure you’re wearing sensible shoes!

How to get there: Make a right after you get off the ferry and walk for about 20 minutes toward Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple. When you get to the temple, walk up the hill for about 10 minutes and you will reach the cave.

North Lookout Pavilion

As the highest point on the island, the North Lookout Pavilion offers stunning views of Cheung Chau and beyond. A great option for visiting guests, or those who fancy a bit of a walk but not a full-on hike, this spot is simple to get to.

How to get there: From the ferry pier, turn left and continue walking along San Hing Praya Street, before turning left at the end of the road. Follow the signs to the North Lookout Pavilion. You should soon find yourself on Cheung Kwai Road, which then leads to Cheung Pak Road and the Pavilion. In total, the walk should take around 40 minutes.

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Cheung Chau Beaches

Kwun Yam Beach: Cheung Chau

Kwun Yam Beach

Next to Tung Wan Beach, Kwun Yam Wan is a hotspot for water sports fanatics. The Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre and Aquatic Centre can be found nearby the beach and offers windsurfing, surfing, paddle boarding and canoeing equipment for those keen to get involved.

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Tung Wan Beach

This beach is easy to get to and very pleasant. There are vendors who can rent you umbrellas, chairs, and just about anything you need to make your day at the beach a good one. Don’t miss the rafts that lie a few metres from the shore — ideal for laying out on.

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Hike To Pak Tso Wan Beach & Reclining Rocks

If you’re down for a bit of adventuring but don’t want to break a sweat, take a gentle hike to Pak Tso Wan (also known as Italian Beach). Simply follow the coastal road to the Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple, then walk uphill until you reach a sign pointing out steps leading down to the beach. Not far from this isolated spot, just around the coastline, is a cluster of reclining rocks — the perfect spot to catch your breath and chill.

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Things To Do In Cheung Chau

Things To Do In Cheung Chau: Love Lock Garden

Love Lock Garden

You may have heard of the Love Lock Bridge in Paris; well, Cheung Chau has its very own Love Lock Garden! If you happen to be on the island with your S/O, take a walk down from the ferry pier and seal the deal on your love by clasping a lock onto the unmissable wall. BnB The Creative Workshop (across the road) sells locks, so all you have to do is inscribe your personal message!

Love Lock Garden, 80 Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

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Saiyuen Adventure Park

An outdoor adventure playground spread out over 11 acres of land, Saiyuen promises an unforgettable trip with family or friends. From bubble soccer, abseiling and tree canopy walks to wild camping, glamping and romantic barbecues, this weekend hotspot has it all.

Saiyuen Adventure Park, DD CC Lot 12, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, saiyuen.com

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Cheung Chau Island Guide: Cheung Chau Cinema

Cheung Chau Cinema & Theatre Multicultural Park

After entertaining the locals for 66 years, Cheung Chau Cinema closed its doors in 1997. Almost three decades later, the Grade III historic cinema has been revitalised into an all-new cultural hotspot. The new Cheung Chau Theatre Multicultural Park includes four zones (the 1931 Studio, Cheung Chau Cultural Centre, Dumbell Information Centre and C.C.C Open Piazza). Stop by to get your culture fix through thematic exhibitions, workshops and outdoor screenings. The cinema itself is set to be turned into a themed restaurant that is expected to open in 2025.

 Cheung Chau Cinema, 120 San Hing Bak Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2155 1313, ccccc.com.hk

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Cheung Chau Bike Rental

Rent a bike (for as cheap as $50 for the day) and ride around the island. Turn left when you get off the ferry and stroll along the waterfront until you get to a bike rental shop. You may be asked to leave a deposit, but it’s refundable when you return your bike. From there, you can head to the beach, visit the caves or just explore where you like. Bikes come with baskets for your bag and locks so you can keep them safe while you explore.

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Where To Shop On Cheung Chau Island

There are lots of local shops, boutiques and stores selling everything from souvenir trinkets to sarongs, jewellery and more on Cheung Chau. Here are a few of our favourites:

Cheung Chau Shops: marts


myarts is full of unique pieces and crafts by local designers. Whether you’re looking for small homeware items, jewellery, greeting cards, decorative pieces or eco-friendly gifts, you’re sure to find them here.

Myarts, G/F, 3 Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/MyArtsCC

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BnB The Creative Workshop

Not strictly a shop, but more of a hybrid between a B&B and an art jamming/creative space, The Creative Workshop is certainly unique to Cheung Chau. Get creative and make your own souvenirs, pick up a lock to add to the Love Lock Garden, or get some henna from the owner.

BnB The Creative Workshop, 82 & 83 Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 9669 8075, www.facebook.com/bnbthecreativeworkshop

Cheung Chau Market

Be sure to stroll through Cheung Chau Market where you’ll find traditional dried seafood and other fresh produce. This wet food market will come in handy for those who are staying for a night or two and plan on cooking.

Cheung Chau Market, 2 Tai Hing Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Cheung Chau Shops: The Islander

Islander Cheung Chau

As Cheung Chau’s only bottle shop, Islander Cheung Chau is a go-to for a wide selection of Hong Kong craft beers, including brews from Black Kite, Yardley Brothers, Carbon Brews and Dead Man, to name a few. The store also carries non-alcoholic drinks such as kombucha from Taboocha and locally sourced honey sodas. Take your pick and knock one back on the cushioned steps out front.

Islander Cheung Chau, G/F, 3 Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 9864 4580, www.instagram.com/drinkislander

Island Workbench

This little store is quite tucked away but is worth the search as it sells a gorgeous selection of Cheung Chau-made products such as jewellery, bags, cards and accessories. We particularly like the string bags that are made from recycled fishing nets! As well as its store, Island Workbench has a small café just up the road which serves a selection of coffees, teas, pastries and omelettes.

Island Workbench, N0.2, G/F Rear, San Hing Back Street, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, WhatsApp: 5722 4252www.island-workbench-store.com

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Where To Stay: Cheung Chau Hotels

Cheung Chau Island Hotel: Warwick Hotel Cheung Chau

Warwick Hotel Cheung Chau

Nestled right next to Tung Wan Beach, Cheung Chau Warwick Hotel is a quaint seaside escape from the hustle and bustle of inner-city life. Explore the island by day and unwind in private accommodation that looks out over the ocean at night. Bring the pup and book in for a pet-cation that promises cute, pooch-friendly amenities such as dog bed, treats, wipes, water bowl and toys.

Cheung Chau Warwick Hotel, East Bay, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2981 0976, www.warwickhotel.com.hk

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Lychee Sunset Hotel Cheung Chau

Located just a five-minute walk from the ferry pier, Lychee Sunset Hotel is a sweet spot to spend the night. This pick has 19 brightly coloured rooms available (some with a spacious balcony overlooking the water). Settle down with a nightcap at the hotel’s rooftop Sunset Terrace, where you can watch the sun sink below the horizon with a bubbly drink in hand.

Lychee Sunset Hotel, 94-95 Lai Chi Yuen, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 2986 9992, WhatsApp: 9727 1792, lycheehotel.hk

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Editor’s Note: “Cheung Chau Island Guide” was most recently updated by Team Sassy in May 2024. With thanks to Nicole Moraleda, Roxanne Dowell and Debbie Ong for their contribution.

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Main image courtesy of CHUNYIP WONG via Getty, image 1 courtesy of Big Dodzy via Unsplash, image 2 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, image 3 courtesy of Sassy Media Group, image 4 courtesy of Cheung Chau Bing Sutt, image 5 courtesy of Cheung Chau Corner via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Cheung Chau Tough Guy, image 7 courtesy of Chinese Bayview Restaurant, image 8 courtesy of Gogi Ice House, image 9 courtesy of Sassy Media Group, image 10 courtesy of LA EAT via Facebook, image 11 courtesy of Nutshell via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of Pirate Bay via Instagram, image 13 courtesy of SI DAN via Instagram, image 14 courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, image 15, 17 and 18 courtesy of Sassy Media Group, image 16 courtesy of Cheung Chau Cultural Centre, image 19 courtesy of Warwick Hotel.

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