Boat Trip to Tung Ping Chau, Hong Kong’s Remotest Island
Why We Recommend it
Led by geo-scientist Smriti Safaya, Royal Geographic Society’s field trip offers a unique chance to visit Tung Ping Chau, an offshore island known for its natural scenery and unique geological landscape.
Declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Marine Park, Tung Ping Chau is situated in the furthest north-east corner of Hong Kong waters, only 3 kilometres from Guangdong Province. It is known for its natural scenery and unique geological landscape, being the only area of Hong Kong entirely formed from sedimentary rock which was laid down over 60 million years ago. The exposed cliffs and foreshore of Tung Ping Chau provide clear evidence of climatic and environmental conditions over 60 million years ago. There are also to be seen the effects of recent coastal erosion and other distinctive landforms around the island.
Moreover, it is a classic example of rural depopulation in an outlying area. Before 1950, there were around 2,000 inhabitants on the island, fishing, growing peanuts and sweet potatoes. Their houses were built with slate or shale from the island and the remnants of the attractive villages can be seen today. Now the island has only a few non-permanent residents, as all have moved to the New Territories or abroad.
The trip takes participants on a scenic coach and boat rides to the island for a study tour, and includes lunch cooked by the villagers on the island. There is also an optional visit to a remote and beautiful beach.
Please note that the gathering point is either Central at 8:45am or Ma Liu Shui at 9:30am. Registration by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org is required.