PLACES – Hong Kong’s Abandoned ‘Ghost Island’ 13


Abandoned ‘ghost island’ Yim Tin Tsai was once home to 1000+ Hakka people…

By the late 80s/ early 90s, all of the inhabitants had resettled elsewhere in HK, in Britain and Poland…

It is now home to just a caretaker, a small organic farm and a small, recently restored UNESCO protected chapel…

Many of the buildings are now being slowly reclaimed by nature as it is often not known who owns them…

…There are several $35 public ferries from Sai Kung pier on weekends and holidays only. Departure times from Sai Kung: 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm. Departure times from Yim Tin Tsai: 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5pm…

There are snacks available on the island – it is only around 1sq km, so an afternoon visit of around 4 hours would be enough to complete the short hike around the village, cemetery, lookout point, well and abandoned salt farm.

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Exploring forgotten corners of HK where nature is winning…


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  • Jen Brown

    Another amazing set of photos capturing snippets of what once was. Now that I’ve found you, I have years of archives to dig through… Cheers!

  • Jen Brown

    Another amazing set of photos capturing snippets of what once was. Now that I’ve found you, I have years of archives to dig through… Cheers!

  • http://justinjwilson.com/ Justin Wilson

    Wow, these are great! I’d seen my share of abandoned places in HK (2002 – 2004), visiting countless villages. I remember an abandoned preschool in a village in Kwun Tong that had been closed for 20 years, according to an old poh-poh living right next door. You could still see little tables with crayons and paper – untouched – for two decades. Chilling and fascinating at the same time.

  • http://justinjwilson.com/ Justin Wilson

    Wow, these are great! I’d seen my share of abandoned places in HK (2002 – 2004), visiting countless villages. I remember an abandoned preschool in a village in Kwun Tong that had been closed for 20 years, according to an old poh-poh living right next door. You could still see little tables with crayons and paper – untouched – for two decades. Chilling and fascinating at the same time.

  • shelece

    My brother and I are going to Hong Kong at the end of June. Do you know anyone that would want to take us around to some abandoned places for the price of a free meal and drinks?

  • shelece

    My brother and I are going to Hong Kong at the end of June. Do you know anyone that would want to take us around to some abandoned places for the price of a free meal and drinks?

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  • http://hogwartsrofl2000.tumblr.com/ Holly Marshall

    Yes! Somewhere I can do an EVP in HK! I’ve lived here all my life, and this is like the only place you are allowed to visit that is haunted

  • http://hogwartsrofl2000.tumblr.com/ Holly Marshall

    Yes! Somewhere I can do an EVP in HK! I’ve lived here all my life, and this is like the only place you are allowed to visit that is haunted

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