Visit the Historic Ma On Shan Iron Mine with RGSHK

Why We Recommend it

Set among the glorious natural views of Ma On Shan, the field trip the Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong offers an insight into the now-abandoned historic mine which opened in 1906.


This field trip offers an insight into the historic Ma On Shan iron mine, the geological and geographical conditions and offers outstanding views of the surrounding mountains.

The mine opened in 1906 as an opencast site run by the Hong Kong Iron Mining Company and was taken over by the Mutual Mining & Trade Company in 1949, which extended it underground. It was the largest mine in Hong Kong and was located 10 kilometres from Sha Tin.

With deposits of some seven million tonnes and a depth of up to 100 metres, the mine partnered with the Japan’s Nittetsu Mining Company, and the war-torn, steel-hungry nation quickly became the mine’s biggest export market. Between 1953 and 1976, this was home to thousands of iron ore miners. But as demand for steel declined in the 1970s, the mine began losing money and was left abandoned leaving its elaborate network of caverns and tracks intact.

To reserve places, please email and state how many places you would like to reserve.  You will then receive from booking instructions and a booking form. Detailed joining instructions will be sent a few days before the event. Please note that this field trip must be pre-booked.

Participants will meet and depart at City Hall in Central. 


When: 8 Feb 2020 - 8 Feb 2020 Where: City Hall – 5 Edinburgh Place – Central