David Brian leads a field trip to the beautiful island of Tung Ping Chau, Hong Kong's remotest island. Tung Ping Chau is situated in the furthest north-east corner of Hong Kong waters, only 3 kilometres from Guangdong Province.
In terms of its human geography, it is a classic example of rural depopulation in an outlying area. Before 1950, there were some 2,000 inhabitants on the island, fishing, growing peanuts and sweet potatoes. Their houses were built with slate or shale from the island and the remnants of the attractive villages can be seen today. Now the island has only a few residents, as most have moved to the mainland New Territories. The island has been left as a paradise for wildlife and visitors, and has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
As well as being a most beautiful island, it is geologically unique, being the only area of Hong Kong entirely formed from sedimentary rock, which was laid down about 200 million years ago. The dramatic exposed cliffs and foreshore of Tung Ping Chau provide clear evidence of climatic and environmental conditions over 60 million years ago. There are also to be seen the effects of recent coastal erosion and other distinctive landforms around the island.
David Brian is Head of Social Sciences at Chinese International School and is a well-known expert on Tung Ping Chau. The trip includes scenic coach and boat rides to the island, a study tour of the island and lunch cooked by the villagers on the island. This field trip gives a chance to visit an isolated and inaccessible part of Hong Kong with a well-known expert, while enjoying the stunning countryside of the island.
|Timings:||Meet at City Hall, Central 9.00 am (or 9.30 am at Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier)
Arrive at City Hall, Central: 6.00 pm
|Please bring:||Water bottle, walking shoes and appropriate clothing for being outdoors.|
|Cost:||HK$350 for Members and $400 for Members' guests to include bus, boat ,lunch, soft drink. Members may bring guests on this trip, subject to availability.|