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MA WAN

Ma Wan island is located between Lantau Island and Tsing Yi Island. The island belongs to Tsuen Wan district. It has an area of 0.96 km2.

In Ma Wan village, the houses are mainly of 2 to 3 storeys. Many houses in the village are now empty.
Village house
Village house

The main old village is named Tin Liu and is located in the middle of the island. Villagers still organize traditional festivals such as Tin Hau. Tin Liu is of more than 250 years history. The new village Tin Liu is booming with hundreds of new houses.

Lion head
The lion dance is an important tradition and is part of festivities like Chinese New Year.
Lion head

The total population of Ma Wan island at the 1911 census was only 473.

Aquaculture and making of salted shrimp paste can still be found on Ma Wan island.
Fisherman house
Fisherman house

In year 1897, two years before the lease of the New Territories by China to Great Britain, the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs set up a small customs house on Ma Wan in order to supervise trade between the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong.

Chinese pavilion
This beach on Ma Wan island features a pavilion to provide shade and a place to rest.
Chinese pavilion

The north end of Lantau island, including Ma Wan island, has remained almost untouched during many years. It was leased to Great Britain in year 1898 for 99 years, but little development was done until 1960. Then large land reclamation and resettlement started and the rural character of the island has begun to change rapidly.

Greenery and old-style village houses can still be found on Ma Wan island. Despite completion of modern infrastructures, this island still retains a simplistic rural look of a fishing village.
Fishing village
Fishing village

According to planning development, a Ma Wan park will be created in the middle of the island.

Kap Shui Mun bridge
Some fishing rafts in the foreground and Kap Shui Mun bridge in the background.
Kap Shui Mun bridge
Ma Wan Fish Culture Zone is located at Tam Shui Wan at the west of Ma Wan. Many fishing rafts can still be found.
Fish Culture Zone
Fish Culture Zone
Kap Shui Mun bridge
Kap Shui Mun bridge has a main span of 430 metres and an overall length of 750 metres. It spans the main marine channel, Kap Shui Mun, between Ma Wan and Lantau. Its vertical headroom is around 47 metres above sea level.
Kap Shui Mun bridge

Another long suspension bridge, the Tsing Ma Bridge, connects Ma Wan and Tsing Yi Island, bridging across the Ma Wan channel.

There is still Ma Wan Fishermen's Village that was completed in year 1965. Its estimated population is about 90 inhabitants and it includes 30 buildings.
Village house
Village house

Ma Wan island's only residents used to be a small fishing community on its northern shore. Life there was rustic. When the new airport was built on the Lantau island, its approach bridge passed over Ma Wan island, making it easily approachable from the city. A resort called Park Island sprang up there. The fishermen were rehoused in a specially built modern village with a brand-new temple.



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