Hey everyone ~
In this fifth and last part of my HK trip journal I wanted to share something special with you !
Remember when I said that the real reason I went to HK was not actually the food or the clothes and stuff here :D ?
It’s about my bachelor thesis I am going to do about the home isle of my family called
Tung Ping Chau
Only a few people even know about this place ( even locals don’t know for sure ! )
The reason why it is called Tung Ping Chau / 東平洲
is because :
Tung / 東 = East
-> The isle lies east and it’s actually the remotest island of Hong Kong .
Ping Chau / 平洲 = flat isle
-> The isle highest point is about 48 meters . Not really than much in comparison to other islands !
What is so special about this island ?
It’s the only place in Hong Kong where you can go diving .
Why you would want to dive there ?
Well – it’s been given the title of a Marine Park a few years ago because of the variety of corals and reefs ~
Actually it has two other titles : it’s a Geopark and it’s also part of a Country Park !
The water there is nearly all clears – BUT it was way clearer back in the days when my fathers family still lived there .
Now there are only a few people left who live there .
It’s become quite difficult for the people to live there as there is less fish .
But they grow their own organic produce there !
I’ve tasted a papaya there and it sure is yummy despite its looks ~ !
|The small island port :)
|All the tourists ( mostly locals ) arriving at the isle .
|Actually there are no water pipes or electricity on the island but I found this solar street light which also produces electricity for cooking water or similar .
The island has been completely deserted years ago as all the villagers went to Hong Kong and even to Europe to strive for a better life – just like my father did !
Thus most of the houses look like this :
Only a few houses like the one from my family has been able to withstand time and nature up until now !
The people seem to try to revitalize the island by moving back there and doing business there for the tourists ( restaurants ) .
What is so special about this island to me is not only the origins of my family but also the silent beauty of it .
With my bachelor thesis I want to draft a plan for the use of the island part where my family has a house .
I want it to be a crucial part of the revitalization of the island – luring in tourists and showing them the beauty of this island ~
I don’t plan to make the island into a tourist peaked resort or whatsoever ! I want it to remain the way I remember it from my childhood memories until now :)
These two following photos were taken ( by my father ) at another day when it was low tide .
Now what do you think ?
It’s a sight known to only a few people about Hong Kong .
Haha – yes , this is still Hong Kong though it is much nearer to mainland China ( 4km ) than to HK itself !
I hope you liked this post and if you are interested in Tung Ping Chau –
be sure to keep on following my blog !
I will make sure to update you on anything about my bachelor thesis in the following 3 months !
AND ALSO – don’t forget to visit Tung Ping Chau next time you visit Hong Kong !
lots ‘n’ lots of love ~