TUNG PING CHAU (東平洲), Rocky Paradise in Mirs Bay, Hong Kong
Tung Ping Chau (東平洲) lies at the northeastern-most corner of Hong Kong’s territory. The island is much closer to Mainland China than to Mainland Hong Kong. Long before the island was included in the Hong Kong Global Geopark in 2009, foe decades Tung Ping Chau had been a popular destination for visitors who came to see the island’s unique rock formations and wave cut platforms. Tung Ping Chau was once home to over three thousand inhabitants, and also infamously a . Its population went through a continuous decline in recent decades. Today less than ten islanders called Tung Ping Chau their home. Most people come to the island as tourists on Saturday and Sunday, when the island is served with a daily ferry departing from Ma Liu Shui pier at around 9:00 am. The ridge of Pat Sin Leng (八仙嶺) and the dam of Plover Cove Reservoir (船灣淡水湖) lie right in front as we left Ma Liu Shui Pier (馬料水) behind venturing out into Tolo Channel from Tolo Harbour. After an hour and fifteen minute of boat ride, we finally arrived at the pier of Tung Ping Chau. Immediately we were captivated by the pristine clear water. Unlike other volcanic islands of Hong Kong, Tung Ping Chau is made of sedimentary rocks. Apart than geology, Tung Ping Chau is also renounced for its coastal ecology. In 2001, the sea surrounding the island has been designated as the fourth Marine Park (conservation area) in the city, a marine conservation area. Some surviving village homes are used for guesthouses and eateries serving visitors who land on the island every weekend. Local delicacies of Tung Ping Chau include squid with salt and pepper, and sea urchin fried rice. Drying cuttlefish. Rock formation in Tung Ping Chau is unique down to the smallest details, much owe to erosion caused by the sea waves. Crabs of various sizes are common on the island, especially in the tidal pools. These tidal pools are completely cut off from the sea during low tide. Wandering in the rocky coastal areas on Tung Ping Chau was a surreal experience. In many cases, the force of sea waves can be clearly visible from the rocks. Wave-cut platforms. Amazing triangular wave-cut platforms. Some of the rock cuts look so perfect as if they were carved with a knife and ruler. The layering of sedimentary rocks can be clearly seen. Clear water, splendid seashells, fine sand, and charming afternoon sun. Close-up of a coral head on the beach. As we waited for the returning ferry, we saw a man sat on the rock contemplating the industrial facilities of Mainland China.
This entry was posted on January 27, 2015 by Blue Lapis Road. It was filed under Hong Kong, Outlying Islands and was tagged with coral, 馬料水, geology, Geopatk, Hong Kong, island, marine, sea, Tung Ping Chau, 東平洲.