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MA WAN

Ma Wan island is located off the northern coast of Lantau Island.

Park Island
Park Island is a resort style residential development located on Ma Wan island. No automobiles can be driven on Park Island.
Park Island

The Ma Wan island was originally a small fishing village, only accessible by boats or ferries. The Lantau Link was constructed in the mid-1990s to connect the new Hong Kong International Airport to the city centre. The highway link passed through Ma Wan and plans to develop the island emerged.

Nowadays a large part of the island is occupied by the Park Island apartment complex.
Park Island
Park Island

The construction of Park Island apartment complex started in year 1998.

Old House
The old village is gradually destroyed but this old Chinese house will be preserved.
Old House

Today Ma Wan is connected to the Hong Kong island by a regular ferry service leaving from Central piers.

The old Chinese house used by the village committee might be preserved also.
Old House
Old House

Some of the deepest and most dangerous waters in Hong Kong. Both on rising and falling tides, there is a concentration of currents of up to seven knots along both east and west coast of Ma Wan. These currents converge in the channel between Lantao Island and the mainland.

Indigenous village
In the past, the inhabitants of Ma Wan were mainly fishermen and farmers. So there is also a very old fishing community and a few small squatter settlements.
Indigenous village

With the decline of both fishing and agricultural activities, many residents now engage in mariculture or renting out leisure boats to tourists. Only some of them still continue to fish in the coastal waters.

More than half of the village houses are already uninhabited. In Ma Wan town villages, houses close to the sea still have life.
Village house
Village house

A temple of the goddess Tin Hau can be found on the northern beach and was originately built by the local pirate Cheung Po Chai, who often looked after the locals.

Inside Tin Hau temple
Many temples to Tin Hau, Taoist Queen of Heaven and Goddess of the Sea, are found on the islands, usually near fishing villages. These temples are dedicated to fishing and seafaring activities.
Inside Tin Hau temple

In year 1794, Ma Wan island was considered as potential site for a large trading settlement. Finally Hong Kong Island was chosen.

Park island construction is ongoing with some supplementary units delivered in year 2007.
Old house
Old house
Fishing village
Man Wan fishing village still has a strong rural character with typical 2 to 3 storeys houses.
Fishing village


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