Famous for its rock formations, Po Toi (蒲台島) was once home to up to 1,000 fishermen and farmers.
In an accessible area of south-west Lantau lies a 200-unit 1970s luxury resort called Sea Ranch. The eerie residential development was once described by Time Out as feeling “like visiting Discovery Bay after a direct hit from a neutron bomb“.
The resort was completed in 1979, but accrued massive debt and was the subject of years of legal wrangling. Despite its notoriety, the self-contained enclave in Chi Ma Wan has quite idyllic surroundings and is visible to passengers on the Hong Kong-Macau ferry routes.
There is now renewed interest, with several units undergoing refurbishment and more residents moving there, attracted by the secluded setting.
18 districts in 18 days by an 18-year-old. This was the mission of Matt Kwan, who – last year – decided to rediscover his own city before leaving for study abroad.
See also – couple visits every Hong Kong MTR station.
Mark O’Leary and Aisling McDonnell spent a year ‘collecting’ all 83 Hong Kong MTR stations and have just published their colourful photo series…
The couple, who were resident in Hong Kong for three years, used objects from around their home as part of their ‘MTR Challenge’.
Many of their poses and props are relevant to each station’s name. Can you spot all of the references?
Chi Lin Nunnery and neighbouring Nan Lian Gardens rank 4th and 8th place respectively on TripAdvisor’s top 400 local attractions.
Yet the sites, which are within walking distance of Diamond Hill MTR (Exit C), remain curiously off the radar for many Hong Kongers.
The nunnery is a large 33,000 square metre Buddhist temple complex founded in 1934 and rebuilt in the 90s.
What remains of Kuk Po took a battering from the elements this summer as floods and typhoons caused damage to the decaying remnants of a once-thriving community. The fate of the abandoned village remains up in the air as the government seek to rezone the the rural site, preventing ex-villagers from rebuilding.
Conservationists have been working to identify rare species in the area in the hope such findings will prevent redevelopment.
Luk Keng Chan Uk is a small, semi-abandoned village way up near the border in the New Territories.
As the name suggests, it is mainly inhabited by the Chan clan and it remains a mostly Hakka-speaking village.
Historically, livestock farming and crops were the main source of income for the residents, though most now have left.
If you’ve visited Causeway Bay’s cat cafe but avoided Mongkok’s maid cafes on the grounds they might be a bit awkward, then congrats – as you were probably right.
Japanese-style ‘Meido Kafes‘ are a kind of cosplay restaurant that originated in Tokyo’s tech/’geek’ district of Akihabara – an area comparable to Sham Shui Po, albeit on steroids.
A short distance from the southern coastline of Lantau lies the small island of Peng Chau…
Not to be confused with Ping Chau in HK’s northeast, this rustic yet easily accessible island has an area of less on 1km.
More from the abandoned ghost town of Ma Wan. Click here for part 1 of the photo series and to learn about what happened on the small island…