Category Archives : Abandoned HK


PHOTOGRAPHY – Exploring Hong Kong’s Creepy Abandoned Abattoir 1

Left to decay in 1999, Cheung Sha Wan Abattoir  長沙灣屠場 is a prize feature on many an urban explorer’s bucket list.

Surrounded by barbed wire and permanently guarded, the site – which opened in 1969 – is notoriously difficult to access.

After repeated scouting missions, Team HK URBEX finally found a way in.

They had to make a quick getaway after they were discovered by security guards, but they returned, alive, with photos.


PHOTOGRAPHY – Exploring Hong Kong’s Most Haunted Abandoned Mansion

Blessed with a prime location on The Peak, Dragon Lodge is cursed with a chequered, somewhat gory, history.

Dragon Lodge, Hong Kong

HK URBEX explored Hong Kong’s ‘most haunted’ house, which now lies in a state of decay.

Dragon Lodge, Hong Kong

Built before WWII, it is said that the original owner went bankrupt. The second owner died in the house and then it is believed that the Japanese occupied the property, decapitating several Catholic nuns in the front yard.


PHOTOGRAPHY – Exploring Ma On Shan’s Abandoned Iron Mine Complex 2

Between 1906 and 1976, Ma On Shan was home to a booming iron ore mine…

Ma On Shan Mine

via industrialhistoryhk.org

An expert team from HK URBEX explored the underground network last month…

Raw iron ore was once transported to a processing plant 200 metres from the coast on what was the city’s first electric tram.


PHOTOGRAPHY – The Ghost Villages of Yung Shue Au & Sam A Tsuen

Yung Shue Au 榕樹凹, translated as ‘Banyan Pass’, is located just outside of Starling Islet within Plover Cove Country Park.

As with many villages in the area, the population dwindled during the 50s, 60s and 70s as the residents left for the city and for Europe, leaving the buildings to be slowly digested by nature.


PHOTOGRAPHY – So Lo Pun: HK’s Ancient ‘Haunted’ Abandoned Village 10

So Lo Pun 鎖羅盆 is arguably one of Hong Kong’s oldest, most ‘haunted’ and most rural abandoned villages.

Encircled by thick forest and beautiful mangroves, the name ‘So Lo Pun’ translates literally as ‘the compass is locked’. This is because hikers have supposedly reported that compasses tend to stop working when they enter the area.

There is evidence that the village had been inhabited since 872 AD but by the 1980s, it had been almost completely deserted.


PHOTOGRAPHY – The Half-Submerged Cargo Ship Currently Abandoned off Cheung Chau 7

A half-submerged Vietnamese freighter is currently sat glumly off the coast of Cheung Chau after running aground last month.

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A HK URBEX team explored the stricken Sunrise Orient last week…

It was shot with a GoPro HERO 3+ (head), HERO 1 (selfie stick) and a HERO 2 mounted on the DJI Phantom 2…


PHOTOGRAPHY – The Semi-Abandoned Hakka Walled Village of Lai Chi Wo 5

Deep within Plover Cove country park in the north-eastern fringe of Hong Kong lies the semi-abandoned Hakka Walled Village of Lai Chi Wo 荔枝窩.

It is surrounded by forests, mangroves and remains home to many plants, trees and insects which are unique to the protected ‘GeoPark’ region.

Over 100 years ago, Lai Chi Wo remained a poor village. A Feng Shui expert recommended that a wall be built around the village to retain wealth and ward off bad luck.