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LANTAU VERTICAL Lantau Vertical on September 17 saw competitors scale Lantau Peak, the island’s highest. The 7-kilometre ascent involved a 900-metre elevation gain, before a run/ walk to the finish at Pak Kung Au.


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TYPHOON CLEAN-UP Like much of Hong Kong, South Lantau was hit hard by Typhoon Hato in late August. With the roads and beaches covered in all sorts of debris, blown in by the hurricane-force winds, residents worked hard to clean up the mess. To read about Hong Kong’s marine and beach pollution issue, and what’s being done about it locally, turn to page 12. October/ November 2017


LANTAU EVENTS Through October 22

From October 1



An ongoing Hong Kong-wide initiative, now is as good a time as any to get together with a group of friends and do your bit to rid Lantau of the trash that plagues so many of its beaches and country parks. Taking part is easy, choose a date and your clean-up location and register at Photo courtesy of Derek Bailey

After 20 years specialising in temple art work – including work at the Po Lin Monastery – Tung Chung resident Derek Bailey has moved into painting. His paintings are all spiritually based, linking cosmic and other cultures and reflecting his belief that all things are connected in our universe. For more information on the exhibition, call 6857 3677 or visit the Derek Bailey Art Exhibition 2017 Facebook Page.

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN Online registration

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Whether it’s the Lantau 2 Peaks on October 1, MoonTrekker on October 13 or the Salomon LT70 on October 28, or all of the above, there is something for every running enthusiast as the Lantau Trail comes alive this month. Find out more about three of the year’s biggest races at, and

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Registration for next year’s Country of Origin race is now open, with the team-of-three event taking place on April 21, 2018 on the Lantau Trail. Team members must share a nationality, and start, run and finish the race together. Fancy dress is highly encouraged and you can secure your spot at 6  LIFE ON LANTAU October/ November 2017

Be sure to get together with loved ones on the night of October 4 (before the public holiday) to celebrate friendship, light lanterns and eat mooncakes. During Mid-Autumn Festival, the moon is at its roundest and brightest, symbolising togetherness and reunion in Chinese culture.

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through Protection of Animals Lantau South (PALS), call Jacqui Green on 9197 4371, for Hong Kong Paws Foundation (PAWS), call Kat Cheung on 9485 5188.

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DISCOVERY MIND’S FUNFILLED DAY Tung Chung Discovery Mind International’s Funfilled Day offers up fun and games for the kids and a chance to find out all about the school. The event runs from 10am to 12pm at both Discovery Mind’s Primary School and its International Play Centre and Kindergarten. To find out more, call 2915 0666.

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DO YOUR BIT FOR SAVE LANTAU ALLIANCE Founded to preserve one of Hong Kong’s few remaining rural environments, Save Lantau Alliance (SLA) is determined to see that the island retains its natural beauty with members keeping a keen watch on the government’s development plans. SLA needs funding and support, so if you would like to help out, email To read a report by Living Islands Movement’s Martin Lerigo on the government’s new Sustainable Lantau Blueprint, turn to page 22.

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across Lantau don costumes and head out trick or treating, plenty of adults also get in on the act.

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Get set for this year’s Prestige Christmas Fairs, a one-stop shopping experience like no other, which kicks off in November. Keen shoppers will be in their element, with everything from homeware, clothes, jewellery and lifestyle products on offer, as well as toys. November 15 sees the Gift and Lifestyle Fair, and November 27 is the Pre-Christmas Gift Parade. To find out more, head to


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Lock in your spot and get training for one of DB’s top annual events, the DB 10km Run for Charity. The 13th running of the event starts and finishes in Siena Park and registration comes in at HK$350 until October 31. Volunteers are also needed; head to

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DROWNING IN P The past year saw Lantau beaches on the rebound, that is until disaster struck not once but twice in August. The question is where do we go from here? Elizabeth Kerr reports


e all saw the headlines about Lantau’s ignominious summer of 2016: “Environmental Disaster,” said Coconuts Hong Kong. “Hong Kong’s Beaches Teeming With Plastic Trash, Can Even Be Seen From Space,” screamed EcoWatch. “Hong Kong takes aim at China for trash on beaches,” was all the news that was fit to print according to Hong Kong Free Press. It was a humiliating couple of months to be sure, the kind that led to media notoriety that prompts action. And the following year did in fact see the situation improve… that is until the beginning of August, when local beaches were again ankle-deep in plastic and worse.

across Hong Kong. Pui O, Upper and Lower Cheung Sha and Tong Fuk shorelines were among the worst affected. Then disaster struck again on August 23 in the aftermath of Typhoon Hato – beaches (and even pavements) across the territory were blanketed by vast amounts of polystyrene litter swept in by the high tides, flooding and hurricane-force winds. Again the beaches buried beneath tonnes of snow-like plastic confetti, the destruction of marine life… and the screaming headlines: “Hong Kong beaches close over foul palm oil disaster,” New York Post. “Clean up begins in Hong Kong after Typhoon Hato destruction,” The Telegraph. Marine pollution policies fall short

First up, a massive palm-oil spill, caused after two vessels collided in the Pearl River Estuary on August 3, led to the closure of beaches 12  LIFE ON LANTAU October/ November 2017

Over the past 12 months, the government had at least seemed


At Lower Cheung Sha Beach post Typhoon Hato

PLASTIC to be listening. In his final Policy Address as Chief Executive in January, CY Leung noted the improved water quality in the harbour, thanks to the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme Stage 2, and ongoing “collaboration with Guangdong in examining ways to reduce marine refuse and set up a notification system”. On the waste management front, the government committed to waste charging, in accordance with the Hong Kong: Blueprint for Sustainable Use of Resources. CY proudly pointed out that regulations for electrical, electronic and glass producers are close to being finalised, and organic waste-to-energy facilities are almost ready, as are food-waste recycling and handling mechanisms. “We will also commission a feasibility study on how to implement a [producer responsibility scheme] targeting suitable plastic containers, mainly those carrying beverages or personal care products,” he said. It’s certain that up until early August, the amount of marine pollution on our beaches had at least eased. Regular beach clean-up organiser and South Lantau resident Shoni Kristensen, who centres her efforts on Tai Long Wan Tsuen, theorises that the combination

Eco Marine HK in action on Tong Fuk Beach

of better weather and policy played a part. “I have heard that the mainland has been fining illegal dumping this year,” she says. “Last year [when mountains of rubbish washed up on Hong Kong’s beaches, with packaging indicating most of it had come from the mainland], we saw an horrific increase in marine waste due to the unprecedented floods that affected China over the winter.” The fact remains, however, that Guangdong authorities waited two days to inform local officials about the palm-oil spill, proving that CY’s much-paraded notification system, which began a trial run in May, still needs work. Less than a week after the boats collided, Hong Kong beaches were smothered by over 200 tonnes of toxic oil waste. The foul-smelling, jelly-like clumps, coating dead fish, plastic bottles and other rubbish, continue to pose a real threat to marine life. Likewise, the environmental fallout resulting from Typhoon Hato shows that Hong Kong’s own attitude to plastic recycling still has a long way to go, despite CY’s January pledge. In early August, following an inspection by urban planning concern group Designing Hong Kong, Fisheries representatives blamed inadequate recycling October/ November 2017



Community beach clean-up at Lower Cheung Sha, organised by Frankie Yuen

Locally generated roadside litter is a significant culprit in beach and marine plastic pollution

facilities at Aberdeen Fish Market for the volumes of polystyrene boxes that end up in our waters. According to the Environmental Protection Department foam plastic comprises about a fifth of shoreline and floating refuse, making it difficult to lay blame for the latest polystyrene litter disaster on Guangdong’s doorstep.

of beach waste is Hong Kong people, littering on Hong Kong roads, which flows into Hong Kong culverts, which flows into Hong Kong seas and back onto Hong Kong beaches.” That said, Rob isn’t denying Chinese garbage makes its way to Hong Kong: “Of course there’s going to be a lot of inter-country waste. But it’s always been too easy for Hong Kong to blame other people.”

A home-grown issue Plastic consumption on the decline Contrary to popular – or comforting – belief, local experts are adamant that our beaches get trashy because of us. In July, Eco Marine HK co-founder and Tong Fuk resident Keilem Ng was in the middle of a 30-day personal clean-up (she first got involved in cleaning beaches during the 2012 pellet plague) that became a factfinding mission. “I go to the closest beach from my home and I’m out and back in 45 minutes,” she says. “I wanted to see – to show – what I could do in 30 days.” Keilem also wanted to track what it was she was picking up. The sheer volume of disposable lighters shocked her, as did the number of plastic bottles from right here in the SAR. “At the two-week mark almost half the bottles were from Hong Kong,” she says. “People point fingers but we need to look at our own behaviour. There’s a great perception that everything is China’s fault. Media like to emphasise that all the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are from China when it’s 51%. That drives me crazy.” Rob Barker, a sustainability investment executive, South Lantau resident and rubbish-off-beaches-and-roads (ROBAR) evangelist, first got serious about picking up the litter he found, when walking near his home, around the time of the 2016 disaster. Out of curiosity he started a running tally and counted 800 plastic bottles in one year – by himself. Rob is quick to lay blame on our own doorstep: “The biggest source 14  LIFE ON LANTAU October/ November 2017

Education is key to changing behaviour. “We need to work on it from all angles,” Keilem says. “Really, we need to stop producing, and making, so much of this plastic rubbish. And we need to bring people to [the problem]. In a place like Hong Kong where so many people live in these elevated, podium high-rise towers, they’re not very connected to nature, they don’t see. They understand the problem intellectually but they don’t link it to themselves.” As grim as things seem, use of plastic could well be on the decline. “What is good is the growing awareness. More people are going vegan or vegetarian; it’s trendy to be a hippie,” says Keilem with a laugh. “There is some greenwashing but it’s generally going in the right direction.” “It’s an emerging corporate risk for people who produce plastic, it’s becoming known as something that shouldn’t be used,” adds Rob. “We’re not going to end the use of plastic, but we have to be smarter about how we produce it and not use so much, and ultimately not put it in the waste system. The value of the material has to be captured and reused before it even gets to a waste concept.” Stemming the tide So whose job is it to protect our beaches and seas? “It’s everyone’s duty to keep the beaches clean, individuals and government alike.


Shoni Kristensen organises regular clean-ups at Tai Long Wan Tsuen

Eco Marine HK operates across South Lantau

A ROBAR beach clean-up at Lo Kei Wan

We owe it not to just ourselves but to our children’s children to ensure that we are leaving the world a better place than we found it,” says Shoni. “I hounded the Environmental Protection Department and Food and Environmental Hygiene Department last year and as a result they have now organised cleaners to come to our beach and clean semi-regularly. This was a huge step forward and we are very pleased that they listen to complaints and act on it.” Rob and Keilem are even more optimistic. Rob’s private campaign to eliminate 400 plastic bin liners for 250 days each year from his office in Central – and compel re-examination of personal behaviour – is working. The bins and their 100,000 pieces of plastic per year were gone by July. Keilem recalls a light-bulb moment with a woman who pulled out a plastic water bottle at an Eco Marine HK beach clean-up, and her subsequent vow to change. Positives to be drawn from the events of this August include the government’s swift and decisive handling of the clean-up process, and the willingness of people across Hong Kong to get involved. On Lantau, an unprecedented number of groups and individuals rallied round to deal with the fallout, racing to pick up first the palm-oil coated plastic clumps and then the mountains of polystyrene before they were washed back into the sea. 16  LIFE ON LANTAU October/ November 2017

Beach cleaning is part of the curriculum for Lantau students

Speaking from a community beach clean-up at Lower Cheung Sha on August 25, Frankie Yuen, owner of Lantau Grocer and Lantau Diner, said: “This is the first clean-up I’ve organised since July 2016. Around 25 volunteers took part and we picked up a lot of general refuse brought in by Typhoon Hato, including polystyrene. After all our hard work we finished up with a barbecue on the beach.” Long-term, the easiest way to keep the beaches respectable – and appealing for everyone – is not to make them filthy to begin with. Keilem, Shoni and Rob organise regular South Lantau beach cleanups, with Rob also encouraging rubbish collection off roadsides. “Clearing rubbish that has been thrown out of vehicles or littered by walkers is as good if not better than cleaning a beach, as once the rubbish is in the sea, it’s out of our control,” he says. “We have to stop our rubbish getting into the sea in the first place, and that is entirely within our control.”

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WORDS OF WISDOM Stephanie Han splits her time between the feral spaces of Mui Wo and the bright lights of Honolulu. Her witty and timely debut short story collection strikes a chord with Elizabeth Kerr Stephanie Han at home in Mui Wo

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ome of us are waking up. At a time when Hollywood studios are figuring out, however slowly, that diversity is not only important (actor Ed Skrein had to point that out by giving up a role as a Japanese character Hellboy in August), but simply right – and that it makes money – author Stephanie Han’s Swimming in Hong Kong is as timely as it is rare.

Stephanie’s 2017 Paterson Short Fiction prize-winning story collection, exploring culture, identity and exchange, was 20 years – and 150 rejections – in the making. “I’m used to rejection. I’m so familiar with it, I’m hardly bothered by it anymore,” she says, on the phone from Waikiki. That’s where the rare part comes in. It’s not often an English-language book from the SAR hits shelves. Swimming in Hong Kong Born in St Louis, Missouri and raised in at least six states, Stephanie currently divides her time between Mui Wo and Honolulu, with her financial journalist husband, Stephen Aldred, and primary school-aged son. For most of us the idea of coming from Honolulu and making a home in Lantau wouldn’t seem too much of a leap, but Stephanie points out that the family’s life in Hawaii is very urban, and in Hong Kong it’s very rural. “Mui Wo is wide open spaces, and we thought it would be a good place for our son to breathe fresh air,” she says. “He had a very feral early childhood, running wild in the village square. There’s a nice community; people know each other. It’s very old-fashioned that way.”

Swimming in Hong Kong – Stephanie’s 2017 Paterson Short Fiction prize-winning story collection

While she’s intensely aware her biracial son will one day claim a unique identity, Stephanie’s own familial roots are in Hawaii. As a fourth generation Korean-American, she’s familiar with the snarl that can arise at the intersection of identity, nationality, culture and ethnicity.

University of Hong Kong’s first PhD of English Literature in 2010. Her road to published author started as a kid in a family that moved around a lot.

An old saying suggests writers should write what they know, but Stephanie disagrees: “You can write what you know but it may be more useful to write what you question. In order to keep writing you need to want to explore something.” And Swimming in Hong Kong is full of exploration.

“I became a writer because I was a reader… I was awkward – a Korean in places where there weren’t many, and so I often had difficulty making friends,” she explains. “And my mother was a bookworm. She taught me that if I learnt to read I’d always have a friend in a book.”

It’s easy to see why. Stephanie is a thinker, someone who ponders the greater meaning in our collective actions, behaviours and words. She resists being drawn into political discussions but an awareness of the world is visible – audible – beneath the surface. It’s easy to imagine her gesticulating as she speaks, but there’s also a grounded, connective bent to her words that balance searing intellectualism with everyday experience. She’s easy to talk to. Roots and wings

Like most people who develop a taste for reading, Stephanie began with what she thought of as the greatest hits: Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Charles Dickens. Those ‘hits’ changed as she got older and discovered African-American writers like Richard Wright and Alice Walker in an effort to find the voices that were close to her own. “I wasn’t a picky reader,” she says. “I kind of read everything, but when I was a freshman at college I read Maxine Hong Kingston. That shaped me because she was the first Asian-American writer I read.”

Stephanie and husband Stephen met in 1997 when she was teaching in Korea, before she started teaching English literature at the University of Hong Kong in 2002, and before she became City

Stephanie has spent more time in Hong Kong than in Korea, but doesn’t feel particularly connected to Chinese culture. She comes from a typical American home. “No one goes to Asia in my family; October/ November 2017



it’s either wine country or Vegas,” she notes. All those elements went into Swimming in Hong Kong, whose stories unfold in the US and Korea as well. Cross-culturalism and identity Stephanie claims she explored the idea of polyculturalism – the nature of how we exchange and cooperate – almost by accident. The conversation, however, couldn’t come at a more relevant time, and Stephanie’s 10 connective stories are by turns awkward, funny and razor-sharp in their ability to distil feelings of otherness (in the title story Swimming in Hong Kong), and searching (The Body Politic). Anyone who’s been there will understand the stories immediately, and those privileged enough to have never questioned where they fit in –something that’s explored in Invisible – should come away with a new appreciation for why representation matters. “Some people don’t feel the need to question their national identity but that’s tough to do in Hong Kong, and in the US it’s broad and ever changing, same as in the UK,” Stephanie says. “What is an American, what is a Korean, and how can we consider ourselves? You can see smaller constructions of self in polyculturalism, where people align tribally more than nationally. There are values in those identities that

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people often think are irrelevant. We need to respect how people want to construct themselves and be thought of.” Next up for Stephanie is a boarding school novel, co-authored with Deer Hunting in Paris’ Paula Young Lee, a high-school chum with whom she reconnected, decades later, via Facebook. The process opened her up to a whole new writing experience in telling a story very much about place that benefits from multiple viewpoints and artistic tacks. “Collaboration is fun,” Stephanie enthuses. “Editing has found us examining how we each come to narrative and our differences in this make for an interesting collaboration. In our case, we are actually opposites: Paula looks at the entire picture and therefore the rules of structure that hold the picture, outside in, and I operate inside out, so to speak. I need an image or idea which leads to the character that in turn gives me the world.”

Swimming in Hong Kong, Stephanie Han’s debut short story collection, is available at Pause in Mui Wo, at Bookazine, and on Amazon.

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Development plans reached a seminal stage in June with the government’s release of the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint. Martin Lerigo of Living Islands Movement sums up the ongoing debate


ith just 1,600 square feet of land per inhabitant, Hong Kong is the fourth most densely populated territory on earth. This is what lies behind much of the friction and disquiet that often surrounds plans for land development. The recent jailing of activists, who opposed the government’s plans for a new town in the North East New Territories, was a reminder of the deep-rooted anger land-supply issues can evoke among large sections of the population. All the more reason why the government should tread carefully when it comes to its plans for developing the green jewel of Hong Kong: Lantau.

just the next stage of lengthy consultation; the government being at pains to stress there is plenty more opportunity for consultation and dialogue. For the more sceptical, however, the paper represents the government’s final plan, with only minor amendments likely to follow in the future.

Numerous position papers and consultation exercises have taken place to date with regard to Lantau’s development, including Space for All and Vision 2030. To the casual observer these may well blur into one but it’s important to recognise that we have now reached a significant waymarker – the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint, which the government released in June. To the generous of spirit this is

Development and conservation

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Veterans of the campaign opposing the government’s plan to build a giant incinerator off the south coast of Lantau point to the production of a blueprint for that project being the stage at which meaningful consultation came to an end.

The government held a public consultation meeting in Mui Wo on August 9 to review the contents of the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint and hear what the community had to say. Over 200 people attended what was the biggest such local event in recent years.

The Sustainable Lantau Blueprint is themed Development in the North and Conservation for the South

Representatives from the Civil Engineering and Development Department, the Development Bureau and Planning Department laid out the thinking of the government, with several members of the Lantau Development Advisory Committee (LanDAC) also present. Audience response varied from constituency to constituency. Rural Committee representatives were keen to hear about the potential for development, business and commerce. Environmental and conservation groups sought to understand how the government intends to make good on its promise to balance the needs of development with the needs of conservation. Themed Development in the North and Conservation for the South, a key tenet of the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint is the development of North Lantau as a gateway to the Pearl River Delta and rest of the world; a so called bridgehead economy, linking Hong Kong to the array of international transport links and attendant commercial opportunities being developed within a 300-mile radius of Lantau. Key to this are the Three-Runway System, the nearly complete Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Island. With this will also come the provision of 200,000 new homes along the North Lantau shore from Tung Chung to Siu Ho Wan – the Tung Chung New Town Extension. The second key tenet of the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint, and one of its most controversial, is the construction of an East Lantau Metropolis (ELM), reclaiming land around the islands of Kau Yi Chau and Hei Ling Chau to create a second business district and more than 700,000 new homes. A significant amount of new transport infrastructure is also outlined as part of this phase. The inclusion of Mui Wo as an element of the ELM – without any clear definition as to what this will mean in practice – leaves open the possibility of significant development in and around Mui Wo in the future. Further tenets of the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint include the development of Sunny Bay and Hong Kong Disneyland for tourism. The good news from a conservation standpoint is that at least some

Government representatives met with the community at a meeting in Mui Wo on August 9

of the worst excesses suggested in the original development plan – the First-Term Work Report, published by LanDAC in January 2016 – have been dropped. A stargazing facility will not be built at the top of Sunset Peak, nor a funicular railway run up its eastern flank. Plans to develop sustainable recreational facilities in South Lantau, including a water sports centre, mountain bike trails, camping grounds, eco-education centres and an adventure park, remain, as do proposals to conserve ecologically important habitats and designate new marine parks. In addition, the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint includes proposals to protect the Pui O wetlands, the mudflats at Shui Hau and Yi O, and mangroves at Tai O. There are also proposals to protect a number of heritage sites, such as Silvermine Cave, Fan Lau Fort and Yeung Hau Temple. Past experience suggests that all those who applaud such measures should do so cautiously until the finer detail emerges. Questions and answers Several leading questions came up during the meeting in Mui Wo on August 9. Notably, can the controversial ELM project be separated out as a project for consultation in its own right, given it is of a scale unprecedented for a generation, and its planned completion date is not until the 2040s. Is the government using the tactic of bundling all of this development into one project, in order to maximise the chance of pushing it through the consultation process? Government representatives rebutted this suggestion, saying that the ELM is part of the government’s overall vision for Lantau and that the plan must be viewed in the round. October/ November 2017



There are plans to protect the Pui O wetlands, the mudflats at Shui Hau and Yi O, and mangroves at Tai O

How about the government’s bid for funding to set up a Lantau Development Office? Is this a cynical way to pursue the Development Bureau’s agenda without meaningful input from the Environmental Protection Department and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department? The Bureau’s somewhat vague response on this was that its officials and engineers have sufficient expertise to ensure conservation requirements are met. It was pointed out that Hong Kong is supposed to adhere to the International Convention on Biodiversity, which would require the whole development project for Lantau to be subject to various conditions. Silence from the government representatives on that one. Some of the conservation objectives proposed in the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint cannot be achieved without land resumption (compulsory purchase) or land swaps, and the Development Bureau representatives were asked how this would be achieved. The response was that many of these objectives are aspirational and the detail of how to achieve them has yet to be worked out. However, the Development Bureau was at pains to point out that it has the government’s backing to pursue whatever options are necessary. Several questions were asked about the future of Lantau’s cattle, particularly the Mui Wo herd. Rural Committee representatives voiced their desire to see the Mui Wo cows moved to the Soko Islands but such calls were matched by counter arguments from the cattle concern groups, who consider Lantau’s bovines an integral part of the community. The government representatives hedged their bets on this issue, saying they are seeking solutions as to how humans and cattle can co-exist in harmony. All in all, the August 9 meeting saw a useful exchange of views although a straw poll afterwards suggested that most attendees felt the government representatives had not really said much and 24  LIFE ON LANTAU October/ November 2017

Mui Wo’s future is uncertain as it is included as an element of the East Lantau Metropolis

had failed to answer questions with any specific detail. Some felt that the meeting had been simply a tick-box exercise to enable the government to say it had fulfilled its duty to consult. More consultation is promised in the future, including an indication from Islands District Council Member (South Lantau), Randy Yu that he will hold public surgeries for constituents to air their views. Now is the time for those who are concerned to get involved and lend their voice to the ongoing debate.

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South Lantau has the potential to become a mecca for eco, adventure and sports tourism. Achieving this need not compromise the natural environment, says LanDAC member, and group chairman of Mission Hills Group, Ken Chu

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antau is the largest island in Hong Kong but it has a pleasantly low population density compared to the rest of the territory, and therefore offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centres. Aside from its stunning landscape and coastline, Lantau’s natural attractions include a rich variety of wildlife, rare species of tree frogs, precious flora and fauna and a vibrant cultural heritage. To make the most of the unexploited natural environment and rich biodiversity, the government plans to bolster the growth of sustainable tourism – the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make only a positive impact on the environment, society and economy – in South Lantau, with an emphasis on eco, adventure and sports tourism. Reaping the rewards of sustainable tourism While both eco and adventure tourism are a form of special-interest travel, catering to a niche market, they have grown rapidly in the past decade to become a multibillion-dollar industry worldwide. Sports tourism is also becoming increasingly popular, and it is so even among young mainland Chinese travellers, aged between 20 and 25. One out of four within this age group has expressed strong interest in participating in extreme sports while travelling abroad. Last year, two-thirds of visitors to Queenstown, New Zealand’s leading skydiving hub, were young mainlanders.

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South Lantau is already a playground for outdoor sports enthusiasts, who enjoy a huge range of activities, including hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing, kayaking, kiteboarding and paragliding. Improving the facilities on offer would secure tourist interest, and at the same time benefit the locals, who would have year-round access to the new-and-improved sports amenities. A regulated influx of visitors to South Lantau would, of course, boost Hong Kong’s tourist industry, and it’s important not to overlook the way it would also profit the local community. Studies show that local communities benefit directly from nonmainstream (adventure, eco and sports) tourism. This is because mainstream tourists tend to spend their money in international hotel and resort chains and fine-dining restaurants, and they head to the upmarket malls to buy branded consumer goods. By contrast, non-mainstream tourists prefer to stay in locally managed B&Bs, they spend their money at local farms and eateries, and they enjoy traditional handicrafts and snacks. Local Lantau business people, even down to the sellers of dried seafood and shrimp paste, would therefore benefit greatly from the growth of sustainable tourism. Looked at this way, promoting non-mainstream tourism incentivises local communities to continue with their efforts to conserve their culture and traditional ways of life, which might otherwise gradually disappear.

Ken Chu visiting remote Sham Wat Village in north-western Lantau

Preserving the natural environment It is essential that we capture this opportunity for growth without endangering the island’s rich biodiversity and incredible natural scenery. To this end, the government has, since the early 2000s, attempted to map out a conceptual framework for Lantau, balancing the need for development with that of conservation. According to the Sustainable Lantau Blueprint, released by the government in June, future development will be concentrated on North Lantau. [Turn to page 22 to read more.] The south of the island has been designated for nature conservation, and environmentally sustainable recreation and tourism purposes. We can look forward to a water sports centre, camping grounds, heritage and nature trails and an adventure park. Development in ecologically sensitive areas, such as the Pui O wetlands and Tai O mangroves, will be avoided. Making the best use of the natural environment without destroying it, is what sustainable tourism is all about. What’s more, nonmainstream tourists tend, by their very nature, to be environmentally aware. That said, raising public awareness is vital to the success of sustainable tourism, and efforts must be made to further educate visitors to Lantau. To this end, the government intends to set up environmental education centres across the island to help visitors learn to appreciate Lantau’s natural attractions and behave responsibly.

When discussing the growth of sustainable tourism in South Lantau, some residents have expressed concerns that the area will be overrun by visitors. While the number of tourists is not expected to be so very great, traffic and crowd-control measures will need to be put in place. The Sustainable Lantau Blueprint also outlines a plan to go electric on all means of transport in South Lantau in the longer term. To move forward, the government needs to continue to find ways to minimise any potential negative impact caused by the growth of sustainable tourism. After all, Lantau is one of the few remaining natural assets in the Pearl River Delta.

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ur lives today can be challenging and stressful. The omnipresent attempt at balancing work and life can leave us feeling out of kilter, or unhappy. A heavy workload and long hours can lead to burnout and impact negatively on our families. What can we do to shift our compass needle and start heading in the right direction? Here are three ways to help you chart your course:

endeavour to achieve what you want to change. These are some of the ways you can become more self-aware: • T  ake a personality-type assessment – there are myriad you can do quickly and easily online, and they can help you gain a deeper insight into yourself. Try the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator), or Tom Rath’s StrengthsFinder 2.0

Work on self-awareness Learning to understand yourself, your strengths and your potential is a solid foundation for shaping your life in a way that is unique to you. As the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu said: “He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.” It is important not only to know yourself – why you do certain things and how you react to situations – but also to be at peace with yourself, accept yourself wholly, and be kind to yourself. This creates positivity and optimism, which in turn supports your

• P  ractice mindfulness – be fully present, aware of where you are and what you are doing. This will save you from being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around you • B  e bold – ask friends, family or colleagues to answer questions about you as a person, outlining your strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement. There are online programmes to help facilitate this anonymously, which helps to garner honest feedback October/ November 2017



• S  tart listening – TED talks are an excellent way to learn from and be inspired by other people’s life stories and experiences. Use the numerous webinars and podcasts available to help promote transformation and self-discovery • G  et out of your comfort zone – this is key for creating change. Putting yourself into new and challenging situations, and meeting new people, is not only important, it is imperative. Growth will not happen without it. Learn to get uncomfortable and know that the experience will be invaluable in some way Start setting goals A goal is a dream with a deadline. Setting goals is easy, achieving them is not, so it’s essential to be resilient. Remember that you have not failed until you give up. As Thomas Edison said: “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” As a way in, before deciding on a goal, you need to assess just how important it is to you. Ask yourself some questions… How do I feel in my head/ heart/ gut when I think about this goal? Does this goal make me feel motivated? On a scale of one to 10 how important is this goal to me? What’s the possible outcome if I don’t achieve this goal? Once you have earmarked something that you truly want to achieve, get going by following the SMART methodology. SMART goals are: • • • •

Specific – they are clear and well defined Measurable – you know exactly what you want to do Achievable – they are attainable without being too easy R elevant – they match the direction you want for your life or career • T ime specific – you have set yourself a clear deadline to make a start

Changing your perspective gives you a more positive outlook on life

When you find yourself in an annoying or difficult situation, find a way to stay calm and positive. If someone rushes to push in front of you in the supermarket, rather than becoming angry consider the possibilities. Is this person being rude, or are they in panic mode, hurrying to get home to their children? Perhaps their thoughts are simply elsewhere and their cavalier treatment of you is not intentional. Importantly too, when seeking to grow as a person, don’t be afraid of making mistakes. By thinking mistakes are simply a sign of failure, you’re educating yourself out of your creative capacities. Don’t give in to your inner critic, which sees you as you were, and snuffs out the light of who you might become. One of your aims is to make your life more purposeful and more joyful, and being there for others – attempting to make a difference – can help with that. Compliment someone, pick something up that they have dropped, or give a sincere thank you with a smile. These are small gestures, but give it a try, you’ll see the face of the person, whose day you’ve just made, light up. Lastly, know your strengths; focus on what you can do, and your inner potential. This helps to shift your perspective in a positive way and alters the meaning you put into situations and events.

When you do this exercise write down your goals by hand, rather than typing them. This engages the right side of your brain which controls your creative and intuitive functioning.

This simple story beautifully showcases the power of perspective: Three men are working by the side of a road, breaking stones. A passer-by notes that one of them is very unhappy, another is contented and the third is very happy. Curious, he questions each one about their state of mind.

Be aware that change is necessary; if your actions stay the same, so will your results. But be honest when identifying what is a priority for you. If you feel you don’t have time to achieve a particular goal, it actually means you don’t want to.

The first one, the unhappy one, says: “I am breaking stones. It’s hard work. It’s hot.” The second one, the contented one, says: “I am making a good living. I have a family to feed.” The third one, the happy one, says: “I am building a temple.”

Change your perspective

All too often we believe what other people tell us we are, or ought to be. True happiness lies in discovering for ourselves who we really are – and then being it.

What we do, what we think, how we feel and what we achieve is strongly linked to our perspective. As Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” Often what you tell yourself is what will be, and what you expect is what you will get. So how do we learn to shift the meaning we put on events and circumstances to make them positive? First of all, stop and breathe – slowly, deeply, several times. Accept that your thoughts don’t define you, your behaviour does. 30  LIFE ON LANTAU October/ November 2017

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ON BORROWED TIME As the likelihood of survival for Lantau’s Chinese White Dolphins fades, Jason Pagliari reports on their plight, and the kindliest ways to see them in their natural habitat

Hong Kong Dolphinwatch’s boat trips put the dolphins’ safety first


ost Lantauers have made the bus journey to Tai O and, lured by touts for competing business, taken a fast boat out to the marine habitat offshore in the hope of catching a glimpse of the elusive and extremely rare Chinese White Dolphins. On such a trip today, you’ll quickly notice you’re in the middle of a construction site, with the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge nearing completion and the third airport runway coming up just around the coast. All this despite concerns over some 650 hectares of prime dolphin habitat being lost to land reclamation.

Photo courtesy of James Branch, Lantau Boat Club

The government has agreed to set up a 2,400-hectare marine park but only after the runway is completed in 2023. The big question, of course, is whether there’ll be any dolphins left by then. Add to all the construction, the re-routing of high-speed Sky Pier ferries straight through dolphin habitat, and the future looks bleak for Lantau’s loveable pink-hued cetaceans. A recent study, conducted by Dr Samuel Hung Ka-yiu of the Cetacean Research Project, reveals that the Chinese White Dolphins’ existence has reached crisis point: “Numbers drop every year but usually there are at least some bright spots. In recent years for example, we saw dolphins taking refuge further south... and they were still reproducing,” he told the SCMP in June. “There are absolutely no barometers of optimism this year.”

round trip of Lantau in a non-competitive, eco-minded event, Dolphin Quest. “We have attempted to grow the event year on year since 2011,” says event coordinator Adie Leung. “The aim is to raise the awareness of those taking part, and also bring the dolphins’ plight to the attention of the general public through the press coverage generated.” The 100 or so Dolphin Quest participants (two support junks carry additional paddlers and their guests) each pay a HK$550 entrance fee, with profits donated to a different local marine charity each year. Local charities working tirelessly on the Chinese White Dolphins’ behalf include WWF Hong Kong, Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation and DB-based Plastic Free Seas. For an organisation that provides eco-friendly dolphin-watching boat trips, that are open to all, Hong Kong Dolphinwatch comes highly recommended. Its year-round, half-day ecological tours cruise out from Tung Chung New Development Pier, taking every care not to disturb the resident cetaceans. Each trip includes a talk on the environmental situation by experienced guides, and helps generate revenue for research and campaign work.

In clear sight


While there may not be much that locals can do at this point – charities and eco groups can’t stop the construction work – there are still some people out there who get to witness these majestic creatures in as natural a way as possible. Every September, Hong Kong’s seven paddling clubs (hosted by Lantau Boat Club Paddle Section and including South Lantau Paddling Club), each provide a six-man outrigger canoe crew to make the 72-kilometre 40  LIFE ON LANTAU October/ November 2017

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Dolphin Quest, Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, Hong Kong Dolphinwatch, Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Plastic Free Seas, WWF Hong Kong,


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