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. 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 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. There are also to be seen the effects of recent coastal erosion and other distinctive landforms around the island.
David Brian is Geography Coordinator at the Chinese International School and is a well-known enthusiast 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 enthusiast, while enjoying the stunning countryside of the island.
During the field trip, there is an optional visit to a remote and beautiful beach for swimming.
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. (swim suit optional).|
|Cost:||HK$400 for Members and $450 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.|