A Field Trip to Ma On Shan’s Abandoned Mine
Why We Recommend it
Organised by the Royal Geographic Society, this field trip is a unique opportunity to discover the history as well as the geological and geographical conditions of the largest mine in Hong Kong.
Opened in 1906 as an opencast site run by the Hong Kong Iron Mining Company, the mine in Ma On Shan once held deposits of some seven million tonnes and a depth of up to 100m. Japan was one of its biggest exporters. Moreover, it was also home to numerous local miners before the 1980s when the now-abandoned mine began losing money. What remains today is an intact and elaborate network of caverns and tracks.
This field trip, organised by the Royal Geographic Society Hong Kong, will be led by local exploration geologist Jackie Chu, who will introduce the geological and historical aspects of the site. Highlights of the tour include viewing the entrance to the underground working portal, visiting Luk Chau Shan Rock Forest and the Ma On Shan Mining Village.
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