Field trip to Tung Peng Chau
Saturday, 3 June 2006
Leader: David Brian We are delighted to welcome David Brian to lead a field trip to Tung Peng Chau, Hong Kong's most remote island, on Saturday, 3 June 2006. Tung Ping Chau is situated in the furthest northeast corner of Hong Kong waters, only 3 kilometres from Guangdong Province. 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 Peng 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. 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. David Brian is Head of Social Sciences at Chinese International School and is a wellknown expert on Tung Peng 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 wellknown expert, while enjoying the stunning countryside of the island. After the field trip, there is an optional visit to a remote beach for swimming. Name(s): Email: Mobile / daytime tel: Timings: Meet at Queen's Pier, Central: 10.00 am Arrive back at Queen's Pier, Central: 6.00 pm Please bring: Water bottle, walking shoes and appropriate clothing for being outdoors. Cost: HK$250 for Members and $300 for Members' guests, including lunch. I understand that I am joining the above mentioned trip entirely at my own risk and that the Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong, having arranged the trip as an agent for its members, cannot be held responsible for any accidents or claims that may arise no matter how they occur. Signed Date . Signed Date Please mail a copy of this form with your cheque payable to "Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong" to: RGSHK, GPO Box 6681, Hong Kong.