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Peng Chau (Chinese: 坪洲) is a small island located off the north-eastern coast of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It is known for its temples, its small island lifestyle and accessibility to fresh seafood.

Peng Chau
坪洲
Above Peng Chau 2.jpg
Peng Chau from above
Peng Chau location map.svg
Geography
LocationWest of Hong Kong
Area0.99 km2 (0.38 sq mi)
Highest elevation95 m (312 ft)
Highest pointFinger Hill
Administration
DistrictIslands District
ConstituencyPeng Chau and Hei Ling Chau
Elected Member (District Council)Josephine Tsang Sau-ho
Demographics
Population6,487 (2016) (includes Hei Ling Chau)[1]
Peng Chau
Traditional Chinese坪洲

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GeographyEdit

Peng Chau has an area of 0.99 square kilometres (0.38 square miles). The tallest point of the island is Finger Hill, which is 95 metres (312 feet) in height and provides hiking opportunities for those who seek them.

In 2003, the island was undergoing land degradation restorative work.

FeaturesEdit

There are several temples on Peng Chau, including:

  • Tin Hau temple (天后廟), built in 1792
  • Golden Flower Shrine, dedicated to Lady Kam Fa (金花娘娘)[2]
  • Lung Mo Temple (龍母廟)[3]
  • Seven Sisters Temple (仙姐廟)[4]

The island is also the site of the, now defunct, Peng Chau Theatre (坪洲戲院).

There are remains of the Sing Lei Hap Gei Lime Kiln Factory, established in the 19th century, and the Great China Match Company Factory, built in 1938.[5]

TransportationEdit

 
Peng Lei Road.

The main mode of transportation on the island is the bicycle, or on foot. As a general rule, motor vehicles are not permitted on the island, the only exceptions being emergency services, construction and village vehicles used for the transport of goods around the island.

Peng Chau is accessible by a ferry (Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry) from Central on Hong Kong Island, or by ferries from Cheung Chau via Mui Wo and Chi Ma Wan (New World First Ferry), or by Kai-to ferries from Discovery Bay on Lantau Island. Helicopters are sometimes used in medical emergencies.

Peng Chau is linked to Tai Lei Island by a bridge. The bridge is part of Peng Lei Road. It is a popular fishing spot.

GovernmentEdit

Peng Chau is currently represented in the District Council by Josephine Tsang Sau-ho.

District CouncilEdit

Year Name (English) Name (Chinese) Occupation Notes
2014 Josephine Tsang Sau-ho 曾秀好 Security Worker [6][7]
2011 On Hing-ying 安慶英 [8]
2007 Ma Chun-Tim 馬鎮添 Worker [9]
2003 Wong Hoi-Yue 黃開榆 Company Director [10]
1999 Wong Hoi-Yue 黃開榆 Merchant [11]
1994 Ma Chun-Tim 馬鎮添 Company Director
1991 Wong Hoi-Yue 黃開榆 Company Director
1988 Ma Chun-Tim 馬鎮添 Ivory Worker
1985 Chung Man-Shiu 鍾文韶 Teacher
1982 Chan Suen 陳瑄 Merchant

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population by Year and District Council/ Constituency Area". 2016 Census - Interactive Data Dissemination Service. Census and Statistics Department. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  2. ^ Hong Kong Tourism Board: Golden Flower Shrine
  3. ^ Hong Kong Tourism Board: Lung Mo Temple
  4. ^ Hong Kong Tourism Board: Seven Sisters Temple
  5. ^ "FactoryFormer Lime Kiln and Match Factory". Discover Hong Kong. Hong Kong Tourism Board. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ "2014 Islands District Council Peng Chau and Hei Ling Chau By-election". Hong Kong Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. ^ "431 elected District Council members". 2015 District Council Ordinary Election. Hong Kong Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  8. ^ "412 elected District Council members". 2011 District Council Election. Hong Kong Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Results of the 2007 District Council Election" (PDF). 2007 District Council Election. Hong Kong Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Results of the 2003 District Council Election" (PDF). 2003 District Council Election. Hong Kong Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Results of the 1999 District Council Election" (PDF). 1999 District Councils Election. Hong Kong Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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