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TAP MUN CHAU

Tap Mun Chau, also known as Grass Island, is located in the northeastern part of the New territories, north of the Sai Kung peninsula.

Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau is also an old pirate haven.

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Tap Mun Chau

From the pier at Wong Shek, there are fast ferries to Tap Mun Chau. To go Wong Shek Pier, bus KMB 94 is the most covenient way.

The ferry goes to Tap Mun through Ko Lau Wan and Wong Shek (via Chek Keng).
Tap Mun Chau ferry
Tap Mun Chau ferry

A large number of inhabitants had left Tap Mun many years ago wishing a proper education for their children.

Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Cha was once a famous fishing area with a population of 5000. The population has now dropped to 100 because of a recent reduction in fish haul which has forced inhabitants to earn their living elsewhere.
Tap Mun Chau

A major exodus happened in the hard years of the 1950s when the first wave of migrants pulsed out of the New Territories seeking economic salvation in UK. They opened the Chinese takeaways that are now a culinary feature of almost every town in the UK.

Tap Mun Chau features a variety of attractions, including the Tin Hau Kung temple, Lung Tau Ken, Dip Shek and Tap Mun Shrine.
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau

In year 1799, the To clan was celebrating a wedding on Tap Mun Chau. A thunderstorm lashed the island. Host and guests pleaded Tin Hau to save them. Two centuries later, the descendants of the wedding party survivors gathered in 1999 to thank the goddess, just as they have done every 10 years since the great storm.

Tap Mun Chau
Mirs Bay is a bay in the northeast of Sai Kung Peninsula where is the fishing island of Tap Mun.
Tap Mun Chau

Elders vowed that every 10 years they would hold a "TAI PING CHING CHIU", a ceremony for peace and worship. Many ex-residents return to Tap Mun to celebrate and rejoice during this major traditional festival.

Many stones and rocks with different sizes and shapes can be seen on Tap Mun Chau.
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau

Many cows can be seen on Tap Mun Chau, also known as Grass Island.

Tap Mun Chau
Like many other fishing communities, Tap Mun has lost its young generation to city life. The catches in over-fished Mirs Bay have decreased over years. Coastal fishing is no more way to make a descent living.
Tap Mun Chau

Tap Mun is also a relaxing place for flying kites, fishing, wave-watching, camping and star-watching.

The New Fisherman's Village was built for the Tanka boat people by a missionary in year 1960.
New Fisherman's Village
New Fisherman's Village
Tap Mun Chau
Fish and seaweed are laid out to dry on the local houses' large courtyard.
Tap Mun Chau
In the New Fisherman's Village, there is a series of village houses, a playground and a pier. The village was rebuilt by a New Zealand church in year 1964.
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun's twin villages, strung along the south-western shore, are home to the majority of the island's residents.
Tap Mun Chau
Shrimp, fish or seafood sun drying is a traditional way of preservation.
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau
It is said that Tap Mun (Pagoda's gate) was named after those big rocks located on its east shore.
Tap Mun Chau

In year 1898, the island was renamed Grass Island after the Bristish take over the New Territories.

This local Tap Mun Chau cat is enjoying the heat from the winter warming sun.
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun Chau
Tap Mun was once the home of the fishing boats of Hakka people and also boat dwellers.
Tap Mun Chau


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