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 over 60 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. One can also see the effects of recent coastal erosion and other distinctive landforms around the island, with the classic wave-cut platform being one its most iconic.
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 non-permanent residents, as all have moved to the New Territories or abroad. The island has been left as a paradise for wildlife and visitors, and has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Marine Park, as part of HK's Geopark initiative.
Smriti Safaya was first visited Tung Ping Chau as a teenager going camping. Since 2009, she has taken hundreds of students to the island to study and map heritage preservation. Ms Safaya now teaches at the Canadian International School where she continues to expose students and colleagues to Hong Kong's incredible human & natural stories. The trip includes scenic coach and boat rides to the island, a study tour of the island and lunch cooked by the Chau sisters, who are from Tung Ping Chau. This field trip gives a chance to visit an isolated and inaccessible part of Hong Kong, while enjoying the stunning countryside of the island.
Meet at City Hall, Central 8:45 am (we will depart at 9am sharp; or 9.30 am at Ma Liu Shui Ferry Pier)
Arrive at City Hall, Central by 6.00 pm
HK$450 for Members and $550 for Members' guests, including land and sea transport on a cruiser and lunch cooked by the villagers, including a drink. Members may bring guests on this trip, subject to availability. Bus ticket $50.