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DISPATCH Celebrating Lantau’s incredible biodiversity, and those who work to preserve it
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Silvermine Bay Beach at Mui Wo is undergoing a major upgrade that will include a range of new facilities and a viewing deck near the beach’s entrance. The works fall under chief executive Leung Chun-ying’s 2013 policy address, in which he announced that a one-off HK$100 million would be earmarked for each district to initiate projects under the Signature Project Scheme. The Islands District Council chose Silvermine Bay Beach and a project on Lamma, with the Mui Wo works kicking off on November 21. The renovation calls for the demolition of the existing beach service buildings and the construction of new beach buildings and associated buildings. Beachgoers can expect a new barbecue pit and sitting-out area, as well as the viewing deck. All the facilities along the beach are expected to be closed until mid-2018. “Just by the mouth of the Silver River, where the boats are moored at the start of the beach, they are going to have a viewing platform built,” Merrin Pearse of Living Islands Movement (LIM) says. “There will be construction work near the hotel and they are replacing the toilets, lifeguard buildings and barbecue pits at the swimming area. I don’t think the beach itself is actually going to be shut.” However, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department has suspended lifeguard services while the works are underway and has advised the public to visit other beaches on Lantau, such as Pui O, Cheung Sha and Tong Fuk, during the closure period. For more information, visit the LIM website, www.livingislands.org.hk.
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NGONG PING TO TAKE A NEW YEAR’S SPELL Just a couple of months after it was voted by The Guardian as one of the top 10 cable cars in the world, it has been announced that Ngong Ping 360 will be closed for the first five months www.np360.com.hk of 2017. One of Lantau’s top tourist attractions, the cable car will shut down so that the cables can be replaced. In a statement issued last month, the operators said that rope replacement is a “normal and necessary process … [which] takes place at regular intervals in all similar cable car systems around the world”. The replacement project has been scheduled for the first part of the year in order to avoid typhoon season and therefore uphold a high level of safety and efficiency.
SKYCITY AT CHEK LAP KOK The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) formally announced plans in October for SKYCITY, a major development intended to transform Hong Kong International Airport into an airport city destination. Phase one of the project will comprise a hotel with up to 750 rooms (scheduled for completion in 2020), plus retail, dining and entertainment facilities (scheduled for completion in 2021). “Our vision is to create a new destination that goes far beyond the traditional notion of a shopping mall,” AAHK chairman Jack So Chak-kwong says. “Located right next to the airport, SKYCITY aims to capture broad opportunities in tourism and business, while also providing a dynamic lifestyle and family entertainment hub for Hong Kong residents and visitors alike.” The development will help cater for the projected increase in passenger traffic through the airport, as a result of the third runway project. SKYCITY will also serve all those brought in by the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link and the Hong Kong Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
To further ensure public safety, the Ngong Ping rescue trail will be closed to the public for the duration of the project, however Ngong Ping village will remain open. Visitors to the village and the Big Buddha are advised to travel by bus or taxi until the cable car opens again in June 2017. While the replacement is underway, Dr Stella Kwan, managing director of Ngong Ping 360, said that the company would “launch a series of activities benefiting Hong Kong citizens to express gratitude to guests for their continuous support”. She went on to say that the company would also “launch another series of events and privileges, aiming to deliver quality travel experiences to the guests again, upon completion”. Originally opened in 2006, the 5.7 kilometre-long bi-cable ropeway system is the longest of its kind in Asia.
MUI WO PROMENADE TAKING SHAPE Still on Mui Wo and the Civil Engineering and Development Department’s (CEDD) Mui Wo Facelift project is nearing completion, with the waterfront promenade now open for use, although not officially. As of late November, while the footpath was half open, neither the bike track nor the bridge for the footpath/ bike-path combo were completed. The CEDD hopes to have the full promenade, including the bike track, formally open by January 2017. While there is still work to be done, the initial opening has already been a hit with locals. “I think this is a beautiful edition to the Mui Wo community,” Lantau resident Dan Macheski says. “It allows the local residents to stroll along the water, they don’t have to worry about cyclists going by and it is a great place to spend the afternoon.”
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LANTAU FOCUS WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ACROSS LANTAU
LANTAU LANTAU FOCUS FOCUS
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LANTAU 2 PEAKS Pui O resident Zein Williams was the first woman home in the Lantau 2 Peaks on October 2, finishing the 23-kilometre course that traversed both Sunset and Lantau peaks in three hours, 20 minutes and 59 seconds. Over 1,000 runners took part in the race, with Australian Vlad Ixel the fastest man in a time of 2:49.17. “It was so brutal,” Zein says. “It’s honestly probably the hardest race in terms of distance and heights. There aren’t any other races in Hong Kong that have more than 200 metres’ elevation in 23 kilometres like Lantau 2 Peaks.”
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BOX OF HOPE This yearâ€™s Box of Hope was a great success once again, with school s, kindergar tens and learning centres across Lantau pitching in to provide useful and educational gifts for underprivileged children in Hong Kong and across Asia. Photos courtesy of LIS and DMK Tung Chung
DMK TUNG CHUNG ELDERLY VISIT Discovery Mind Kindergarten Tung Chung students visited the old folks at Po Leung Kuk home for the elderly in Tung Chung during November, singing songs to the residents and handing out Christmas gifts.
Photos courtesy of DMK Tung Chung www.lifeonlantau.com
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LANTAU LANTAU FOCUS FOCUS
Photos courtesy of Victoria Lam, Mick Wilson and Katrina Hamlin
Barclay’s MoonTrekker was its usual success, with a sell-out 1,500-strong crowd of individuals, pairs and teams beating the sun and raising over HK$2.3 million for environmental conservation. T h e O c t o b e r 14 r a c e w a s w o n i n a record time, with Australia’s Vlad Ixel saluting the judge in 4:15:24.
SALOMON LT70 P ui O’s Zein W illiams w as at it again on Oc tober 2 9, b acking up her ef for t in the L ant au 2 Peak s to be the female w inner in the S a l o m o n LT 7 0 . D B ’s K a t i a K u c h e r c a m e t h i r d i n t h e w o m e n’s r ace, while HongKonger John Ellis was the over all winner. In the hottest weather the race has ever been run in, 219 of the 370 solo starters finished.
Photos by Claus Rolff
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ISLAND-WIDE EVENTS FOR YOU TO ENJOY
MSIG LANTAU VK AND &4 ber 2 LANTAU 50 m e c e D
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Part of the 2016 Asian Skyrunning Championship, the MSIG Lantau VK and Lantau 50 provide an action-packed two days of running. The Lantau VK involves 5 kilometres of vertical trail running and hiking starting at Tong Fuk Wan and finishing on Lantau Peak. On December 4, the Lantau 50 offers 16-, 27- and 50-kilometre races. To find out more, visit www.actionasiaevents.com.
KHT INTERNATIONAL OPEN DAY AND XMAS SHOW & 15 ber 3 Mui Wo
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LANTAU INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAIR Tong Fuk campus Vendors from across Lantau and Hong Kong are expected at the Lantau International School Christmas Fair, running from 11am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the games, activities, second-hand clothes and book stalls, as well as a wide range of food. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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At the KHT International Kindergarten Open Day on December 3, children can take part in educational activities, face painting and games from 10am to 4pm. The kindergarten is raising funds to support Plan International – an organisation working to alleviate child poverty. Families can also catch a Christmas show, sing Christmas carols and meet Santa on December 15. Find out more by calling 2109 9886.
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ARK EDEN BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISER Mui Wo
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YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College, Tung Chung
At its 10th birthday fundraising party, Ark Eden aims to raise a minimum of HK$100,000 to support its environmental education programmes for schools. Expect a forest party with lanterns, fire dancers, eco domes and a potluck dinner, plus live music and dancing. If you want to stay overnight, you can hire a tent for HK$250. For tickets, costing HK$279.38, visit www.eventbrite.hk or www.arkedenonlantau.com.
Running from 11am to 9pm, this year’s YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College International Fun Fair combines the traditional school fair with a spectacular night of international fun. Expect fabulous ethnic food, a bazaar, game booths, a bouncy castle and a talent show, as well as an amazing air-balloon ride. The talent show runs from 12pm to 1.30pm (HK$40 entry) and 7pm to 8.30pm (HK$60). For tickets and enquiries, contact Amanda Shek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2988 2028.
ARTISTS ABROAD PRESENT KALEIDOSCOPE
THE ROTARY E-CLUB OF LANTAU
The Rotunda, Exchange Square, Central
Regal Airport Hotel
Artists Abroad is hosting its 22nd Annual Exhibition, with the work of Pui O based Martin Lever and Discovery Bay based Eleanor McColl and Carolina Kollmann among the line-up of five talented artists. At the opening reception on December 13, from 6pm to 9pm, you can expect jazz and canapés to accompany the kaleidoscopic art and everyone is welcome. Find out more at www.artistsabroadhk.com.
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debris, in and around Lantau, visit www.facebook.com/ecomarine.hk.
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The Rotary E-Club of Lantau is a well-recognised community service organisation focused on offender and drug abuser rehabilitation work and youth-oriented, environmental, locally focused projects. The club’s regular meetings are conducted in English and usually take place on the last Wednesday of the month at the Regal Airport Hotel, although December’s meeting is on the 16th. To get involved, call the club’s president Andrew Wong on 9495 0290.
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CHRISTMAS NIGHT MARKET Regal Airport Hotel, Chek Lap Kok 0-21
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Explore the Regal Airport Hotel’s Christmas Night Market featuring a range of Christmas gifts, food and wine tasting, live cooking demonstrations and handicraft workshops. Santa will be on hand to give out gifts to all kids. The hotel’s restaurants are also offering special festive menus from December 24 to 26. To find out more, visit www.regalhotel.com.
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Floral decorations are a big part of the Chinese New Year festivities, with potted plants highly sought-after to usher in luck and prosperity. For those unable to make it to the bigger (and busier!) markets in Causeway Bay and Prince Edward, the football stadium on Tung Chung Road hosts a small Chinese New Year flower market.
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Discovery Bay International School’s (DBIS) annual Carols on the Pitch kicks off at 5.30pm. Expect performances from the DBIS orchestra, the Year 1 and Year 2 singing club, and the primary and secondary choirs, plus the newly formed Inventum Women’s Choir. Enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate, and an afterconcert Santa’s Grotto. To find out more, call 2987 7331.
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T h e a n n u a l N a t i v i t y Photo i n tby h eAround P l aDB za, organised by Discovery Bay International Community Church, Discovery Bay Church and the Church of the Incarnation, runs from 4pm to 6pm on December 18. Enjoy Christmas carols and a narration of the nativity. The Christmas celebrations continue on Tai Pak Wan at the playground picnic tables from 6.30pm on December 24. For more information, email email@example.com.
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Into its sixth year, Chanukah in the Plaza, celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights, runs from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Yo u c a n w a t c h L a n t a u ’s l a r g e s t Menorah being lit, and the free carnival includes games, rides, arts-and-crafts workshops. For more information, visit www.jewishlantau.com.
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CRIMEBUSTER Senior superintendent Alice Lee, Lantau’s new district commander, discusses the fascinating peculiarities of her new patch with Martin Lerigo
enior superintendent Alice Lee, Lantau’s new district commander, has a friendlier and more vivacious exterior than you might anticipate from a scrupulous enforcer of laws. Don’t be fooled however, underneath the bonhomie lies a steely determination and tenacious spirit. Nine months into her new job, Alice enjoys bringing the wealth of experience that comes with over 20 years on the force to Lantau’s green and pleasant shores. Previous roles have seen her working against triads, going undercover against drug dealers and being part of the Hong Kong Police Force’s internal affairs team. Alice has worked all over the territory but this is her first time policing the outlying islands, a move she was looking forward to but with some intrigue as to what she would find.
“Policing Lantau is similar to policing any other area of Hong Kong, just with some local peculiarities,” Alice opens. While the demographic is certainly diverse, Alice’s patch extends from the high-rise conurbation of Tung Chung, where her headquarters is situated, all the way to South Lantau’s somewhat sleepier backwaters. Environmental protection So, what particular peculiarities has Alice noticed on the job? She pauses for a moment: “Well, the sheer number of environmental concerns brought to us by the local community is a first for me, from illegal landfilling and felling of incense trees to land and parking disputes, not to mention the safety of the wild cows and buffaloes. “When I was a younger officer policing the depths of Kwun Tong, never in my wildest imagination did I think I would one day be dealing with such issues,” Alice adds. “That’s the beauty of policing, the sheer mix and variety of situations you have to deal with means every day is unique.” Alice’s team is actively involved in the on-going dialogue between the Transport Department and local organisations about the increase in permits for the South Lantau Road – and
the effect this is having on our feral bovine population. “Caring for the cows and buffaloes remains a top priority,” Alice says. “We do get complaints about them slowing down traffic but most people like them. They are a huge asset and their lives are precious – they are a species that we humans should be protecting. We need to educate drivers to be careful on the narrow roads of Lantau.” Interestingly, the old Cheung Sha police station regularly hosts visitors from the local herd. “They often flock to the Cheung Sha operations base, particularly during the last typhoon, when they used it to take shelter,” Alice reveals. “We are happy to let them stay there.” Another issue that is high on Alice’s agenda is protecting Lantau’s indigenous incense trees; the very trees that gave Hong Kong its name, ‘fragrant harbour.’ The tree is protected here in Hong Kong but its fragrant resin (used in Chinese medicine) is in huge demand from the mainland market. Earlier this year, Alice’s officers received several complaints about illegal felling. Local environmentalists have been working closely with Alice’s officers to try and catch the tree poachers. “I’m pleased to say we have seen a downturn in trees being felled, although we continue to see trees being ‘prepped,’ made ready for felling at a later stage,” Alice says. “Realistically we can’t have officers deployed across all of the country parks the whole time, so this is where we really need the support of the public. If you see activity that looks suspicious, when you are out hiking or cycling, then please report it to us straight away.” Community watch With just 300 officers at her disposal to police the whole of Lantau, an island twice the size of Hong Kong Island, Alice has to make calculated decisions as to where her resources will be deployed. “It’s always a balance, the police are here to serve the whole community and our policing methods must address the needs of many different groups,” she says. “We focus on the four Cs: Care, Collaboration, Capacity and Capability.” www.lifeonlantau.com
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Care is about looking after everyone on Lantau, be they residents, local visitors or international travellers. Collaboration focuses on working with different sectors of society, from district councillors, rural committee members and environmental groups to individual citizens. Capacity is limited to some extent by budget and resources but Alice is keen to explore innovative force multipliers, like working with other government departments and building connections with the public. Capability is driven through constant training and improvement.
to engage the public on how to prevent crime and how to help us detect those responsible for committing it.”
“We genuinely want the public to send us ideas and suggestions about how things can be done better, more efficiently or more innovatively,” Alice says.
So what does she do to wind down after dealing with all the vagaries of crime and criminality? “I enjoy painting, especially landscapes, of which there are many in Lantau,” Alice reveals. “I love to hike, especially here on Lantau which is blessed with some of the territory’s best trails. Maybe this is the perfect place for me after all.”
Burglary and organised crime With the overall crime rate falling on Lantau, Alice has established dedicated units to tackle particular issues. One area of concern is the perennial problem of burglary. “Christmas and Chinese New Year always see a spike in burglaries; we need to work closely with the community to tackle this,” Alice says. “We have a zero-tolerance policy and the public can be reassured that we actively investigate and physically attend every burglary that is reported to us. “Later this year, we will be starting a crime road show across Lantau
How about serious and organised crime? Does Lantau have a problem; does it harbour any major criminals? “Not really,” is Alice’s inscrutable response. “We simply do not tolerate them.” The flash of steely determination returns, the same quality that saw Alice succeed as a competitive swimmer in her youth, a pastime she still pursues by swimming for a police team.
If you’d like to contact the police on Lantau to raise concerns or suggest ideas about how to police our unique community, Alice’s team would love to hear from you. In the first instance, contact Calvin Chan, Alice’s community liaison officer, on 3661 1907, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WILD LANTAU In celebrating the island’s incredible biodiversity, Samantha Wong reminds us exactly what is at stake should the developers have their way
he variety of wildlife on Lantau, and how easy it is to experience, is one of the best things about being an islander. One of the most worrying is that Hong Kong is a biodiversity hotspot – a biogeographic region that is both a significant reservoir of biodiversity and one that is threatened with destruction. The term biodiversity hotspot, according to WWF, specifically refers to 25 biologically rich areas around the world that have lost at least 70% of their original habitat. Protecting Lantau from further development has become a crusade for many islanders. Thanks to the dedication of local 26 LIFE ON LANTAU December 2016/ January 2017
and regional green groups like Ark Eden, Eagle Owl, Green Lantau Association, Tai O Community Cattle Group, Living Islands Movement and Save Lantau Alliance, the island remains, at least for now, a rural oasis packed full of incredible wildlife. Hong Kong’s green lung Local nature lovers make the trip to Lantau to see species that are extinct or have gone to ground elsewhere in the SAR. We residents, meanwhile, can get up close and personal with a rich variety of wildlife, on a day-to-day basis, right on our doorsteps.
DISPATCH Lantau is highly rated,” says Jenny. “There are several areas of unique ecological value including wetlands, natural streams and woodland valleys. “Local activists are working tirelessly to sustain and bring back Lantau’s biodiversity,” Jenny adds. “Ark Eden has planted over 32,000 native trees over the last 10 years, while Paul Melsom of Eagle Owl is gradually creating one of the best arboretums on the island.” Of course, Lantau’s satellite islands also have much to offer the nature lover, in particular the small islands off its southern coast – Hei Ling Chau, Sunshine Island, Shek Kwu Chau and the Soko Islands. Several species, such as the worm-like Bogadek’s burrowing lizard, are unique to these islands. Wildlife on our doorsteps Lantau is perhaps best known to the outside world for its wild yellow cattle and water buffaloes. While they inhabit the remaining wetlands, they roam freely throughout South Lantau, where you can spot them relaxing on the beaches and even on the roads. Once bred for meat or used by farmers as working animals, they are feral but friendly. Get a little further off the beaten track, and you’ll experience a plethora of rare wildlife. On a less frequented hike, you may be lucky enough to come across (or at least hear) one of Lantau’s few remaining Muntjac (or barking) deer. These pretty, little herbivores are notoriously shy and stand just 0.5-metres high at the shoulder. Less of a draw for some, 70% of all locally recorded amphibians and reptiles live on Lantau, including the short-legged toad and tiny, blunt-snouted Romer’s tree frog, which are only found in Hong Kong. Lantau is also home to 50 types of indigenous snake, including pythons. To put that in perspective, the Amazon region – one of the most ecologically diverse spots on the planet – is home to 150 species.
Romer’s tree frog
“Known as Hong Kong’s ‘green lung’, Lantau and its islands have a rich ecology unique to the whole of South China,” Jenny Quinton of Ark Eden opens. “It’s the garden island of China, a treasure trove of a myriad amazing and beautiful creatures. Much of its 144 square kilometres are unspoilt and uninhabited, and the overall impression is of an area where human habitation sits lightly on the natural setting.” To protect it from development, over half of the island has been designated as Country Park for nature conservation and recreational pursuits, such as camping and hiking. “In conservation terms,
Lantau also has a rich insect fauna, homing 60% of the 110 dragonfly species and 240 butterfly species found in Hong Kong. The beautiful Swallowtail and Birdwing butterflies are the most common. Of over 2,000 moth species recorded, the Atlas moth is known for its large wingspan of up to 30 centimetres, while the Chinese Moon moth is recognised by its long and elegant back wing tails. Lantau also has 235 species of ants, 17 species of praying mantis, 31 species of cockroaches, six species of fleas, 78 species of mosquitoes and 124 species of grasshoppers. Of the hundreds of species of resident and migratory birds that flock to Lantau, it’s easy to spot black kites along all local shorelines, hunting for fish. They fly in ever-decreasing circles when they spy something to eat. One of the rarer winter visitors, a prized find by ornithologists, is the boldly hued Siberian rubythroat. Fork-tailed sunbirds, the nectar-feeding hummingbirds of Hong Kong, are still quite common in Lantau but they move so quickly people often miss them. It’s easier to spot a harem of dog-faced fruit bats nestled in the vegetation. The dominant male makes a home for them by cutting a palm leaf so that it collapses into an umbrellawww.lifeonlantau.com
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DISPATCH shaped shelter. Stand directly underneath, and you’ll see their eyes staring down at you. Marine nature tour While fishing is a favourite local pastime, and still a livelihood for some villagers, ‘crabbing’ is one of the joys of island life. You’ll find plenty of semi-terrestrial marine crabs at low tide in the inter-tidal mangrove near Tung Chung. The males’ major claw is much larger than the minor claw, while the females’ claws are the same size. When feeding, Fiddler crabs look as if they are playing a violin with their claws; they communicate through a sequence of waves and gestures, and so they are also known as Calling crabs. In the waters surrounding Lantau, there’s as much biodiversity as there is on land but again its existence is under threat. “Coastal development, marine pollution, overfishing and increased boat traffic is wiping out entire species or at best driving them away,” explains director for South East Asia at Sea Shepherd Global, Gary Stokes, a DB resident. The Chinese white dolphins still found near our shores are a real draw for visitors and residents alike. Sightings have, however, diminished rapidly in recent years, from an estimated 160 in the early 2000s to just 60 today.
Little is known of Lantau’s western waters, mostly due to the bad visibility caused by the Pearl River Delta. But on a clear day, Black kite snorkelers and shallow divers can still discover a rich and vibrant
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of their energy from solar radiation.”
Happily too, you can still find Nemo just offshore. “Aggressive and territorial, yellowtail clownfish, also known as Clark’s anemone fish, are dependent on sea anemones for their habitat and nesting sites,” Gary says. “Young specimens, including bubble-tip anemone, are often located in groups or colonies near the surface, as they get most
It’s easy to see why wildlife lovers flock to Lantau and why so many of us delight in living here. But if you want to see the island’s biodiversity preserved, it’s time to get involved with the local activists. What better time could there be to join a green group than at the start of the New Year?
One critter to steer clear of when you’re snorkelling is the Bristle worm. “Its body is made up of 37 visible segments, covered laterally with calcareous spines (or bristles), which are sharp and venomous,” Gary explains. “Scavengers of meaty foods, like clams or fish, bristle worms range in size from under an inch to over 2-foot long.”
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outh Lantau’s diverse natural assets make it very suitable for developing conservation and green tourism. But the existing transportation system is holding back progress. With the travel experience improved, tourists would be better able to experience the delights of the island, and residents would enjoy easier access to their homes. Both tourists from overseas and local weekend visitors would benefit from improved access to Mui Wo, Cheung Sha and, of course, Tai O – Lantau’s ‘Oriental Venice’. At present, we can take a ferry or bus from Tung Chung to Tai O. However, there are always long queues during the weekends and on public holidays. This is not only off-putting to visitors, it also inconveniences residents. For this reason, I have been pushing for the alleviation of South Lantau’s transportation pressures across different platforms. I’m glad to learn that the Transport Department is committed to improving the ferry services between Tuen Mun, Tung Chung and Tai O. The frequency of the regular routes on weekends and public holidays will be increased, and special ferry services will be introduced on weekends and public holidays as required. I believe the above measures will result in a win-win situation for both local and overseas tourists, as well as Tai O residents. Complemented by the on-going road improvement works in South Lantau, road safety will be greatly enhanced and the traffic flow of visitors to Tai O will be eased. The government is committed to developing North Lantau for Hong Kong’s strategic economic and housing development, while conserving the natural environment of the predominant part of the island. As a community member, I hope the government and all other stakeholders can collaborate together to solve the existing problems, so that both visitors and residents can travel in comfort. Sponsored Content
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Lantau’s seldom-visited ‘West End’ provides the intrepid explorer with deserted beaches, a Qing Dynasty fort and even a megalithic stone circle. Where better to celebrate the winter solstice? Jason Pagliari reports
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The stone pillar – giant split boulder at Fan Lau
Tin Hau temple at Fan Lau Mui Wan
beaches to a certain type of nature lover – those who prefer to spend time ‘au natural’. Fan Lau Promontory Hiking to Fan Lau, you’ve committed to a long day out, so start early. You can make your way from Tai O along the coast, or take the water catchment road leading from the prison at Shek Pik Reservoir. Another route is over Keung Shan Peak and around Sham Hang Lek Peak; this is an excellent hike starting from the bus stop at the turn off to Ngong Ping Road. Most visitors start the hike at Shek Pik Reservoir. From the offset, there are regular signposts directing the intrepid explorer to an abandoned fort and stone circle, all highly intriguing. Visions of megalithic standing stones and cloaked figures engaged in ancient Pagan rites loom large in the mind, as you make your way towards Lantau’s seldom-visited ‘West End’. Downtown Fan Lau
he isolated village of Fan Lau is accessible only by boat, bike or on foot. Situated at the south-western tip of Hong Kong, in the most remote part of Lantau, it is the proverbial ‘village that time forgot’. Most of the dwellings are abandoned and slowly being reclaimed by the forces of nature. Most of the inhabitants moved out in the 1990s, some to neighbouring Tai O and Pui O, others further afield. Of the current population of around three, one sells cold drinks to visitors. While hiking groups pass through on weekends, it’s a different story during the week. Even the neighbouring beaches are utterly devoid of human presence. The only signs of civilization are the jetfoils speeding past offshore to Macau and a police launch that maintains a patrol station off Kau Ling Chung beach, keeping a watchful eye at the edge of territorial waters. Local legend has it that the isolation of the area lends its numerous
The water catchment road gets monotonous after the first hour and you’ll want to find a trail. It’s well worth dropping down to Kau Ling Chung beach and campsite, while looking for the old boundary obelisk that’s signposted down there. The trail up the other side of the valley takes you back to the Fan Lau route, bypassing 1.5 kilometres of road but adding extra distance (and climbing) to the walk. To find the fort and stone circle, head along the crescent-shaped beach towards the giant split boulder on the far promontory. Sliced through as it is by an enormous crack, it seems a given that the boulder’s top half will shear off one day, splashing brutally into the sea. Fan Lau Fort Hike on, past the giant boulder, and you reach Fan Lau Fort. Confronted by its heavy stonework walls (the 10,500 square-foot structure is rectangular), you instinctively follow the east wall to its only entrance. Going through the gated threshold with its www.lifeonlantau.com
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Fan Lau Fort
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granite lintel, you’ll see that all internal structures are missing. It’s fair to surmise that the original interior was made of wood.
Visions of megalithic
History buffs will tell you that the fort was built early in the 18th Century; documents from the Qing Dynasty describe its proposal in 1717. It had eight cannons for defence and served as a troop garrison with 20 barracks for 48 soldiers. Part of a network of forts in other strategic locations, its purpose was to defend this important sea passage and trading route into the Pearl River Estuary from pirates.
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Fan Lau Fort is believed to have been occupied by pirates at the end of the 18th Century. In 1810 all the major pirate gangs in the area surrendered and the Qing troops were reinstated. It was finally abandoned around 1900 after the lease of the New Territories to Great Britain. It’s worth having your picnic lunch in the fort and spending half an hour soaking up the views, while reading the information plaques put up by the Antiquities Authority. All the while, your impending encounter with Fan Lau Stone Circle and its attendant dancing nymphs draws near. Anticipation mounts as you head further along the Fan Lau trail. Fan Lau Stone Circle In the 1984 mockumentary movie This is Spinal Tap, the story of a touring rock band, an error written on a restaurant napkin results in a stage prop replica of a Stonehenge arch being built in inches instead of feet. Unawares to the band, it’s lowered on to the stage during their hard-rock anthem about the ancient druids, Stonehenge. The megalith then finds itself in danger of being crushed by a pair of dancing midgets. This scene can’t but spring to mind when you reach Fan Lau Stone Circle. You find a fenced off area with what looks like a large oval barbeque pit in the middle. OK, it’s 10 feet in diameter at its widest point, but the stones themselves are really pretty small. There’s no evidence of charring or burnt chicken wings, but can this really be the megalithic, standing stone circle your girlfriend 34 LIFE ON LANTAU December 2016/ January 2017
cloaked figures engaged in ancient Pagan rites loom large in the mind
has hiked all this way to see? Surely there’s some mistake… An information plaque reveals that it’s at least reasonable to assume you are looking at a megalithic structure of a type which became common during the late Neolithic Era (somewhere between 5,000 and 2,000 BC). And that its purpose was probably ritualistic in nature. You learn that this kind of stone structure crops up throughout China and that Hong Kong is rich in Neolithic (New Stone Age and Early Bronze Age) artefacts. Further Wikipedia sleuthing turns up that Fan Lau Stone Circle was discovered in 1980 and that there’s another one on northern Lamma, unearthed in 1956. After a bit of a dance around, it’s time to get back on the trail which leads you past an active, 1820’s built Tin Hau temple and into Fan Lau village. Here, with luck, you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy a cold drink at the house which has a sign reading ‘BEER WATER’. At this point, someone in your group, who is new to the joys of hiking Lantau, will ask: “Where’s the bus stop?” Explain gently to that person that they’re looking at another three hours’ hike to Tai O or heading back to Shek Pik Reservoir. Happy holidays!
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TAMING YOUR TECH
Are your kids in need of a digital detox? Lorraine Cook has some practical tips for getting children off their devices and back into family life
e all know that our kids are on their tech devices ‘too much,’ and we all know that we should help them to unplug – at least a bit more than they do. But exactly how can we make this happen?
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The most important first step is that you have to really decide this is what you want to do, and you need to put a plan in place to make it happen. Then you have to be determined to weather whatever storms and tantrums ensue. Because you know this is not going to be easy. You know that your kids are not going to like it or agree (otherwise you wouldn’t be trying to figure out what to do).
you are busy on your phone, you are handling something that couldn’t be put on hold for an hour or two? Even very young kids can tell the difference between a social chat or text, and a call where you’re dealing with a work or family crisis. But if they can’t figure this out, you need to calmly explain why you need to finish your tech communication before you can attend to them. Don’t use the fact that the call will be quick (‘this will only take a minute’) as justification. But do keep them waiting if a call is important (i.e. Grandma has fallen and is on her way to hospital, or you’re still on work hours and there’s an issue to deal with at the office).
Leading by example
That was the most important step. Now are you ready for the hardest step? You need to unplug yourself – and get your spouse to do the same. If you have to finish your game of Solitaire before you answer “yes?” to your child’s question, then you’re going to have a tough time getting him to buy in.
Now that we’ve covered your commitment to change and the importance of modelling this change, what else can you do? Some parents take a strong approach to the issue – they install monitoring software on all tech devices, or they simply lock them away. This can work well for some, or for a while, but in the end, most kids learn to outwit software co n tro ls. And as for confiscated tech toys, they simply wait until you’re having a weak moment or not looking to get them back. Essentially, these are short-term solutions and in the process, not a lot of behaviour is changed,
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which really is the end goal. So, how to do this? One effective strategy is to focus instead on positive behaviours and activities that have to be done before devices are switched on. These might include homework, walking the dog, or running an errand. Simply getting your child to spend 15 minutes outside, playing with a ball (with phones left inside), will do wonders for interrupting the constant tech connection. Positive reinforcement for effort put in (not results) goes a long way. Kids become motivated by how good they feel about helping out and making healthy choices, which means that they are less likely to need the extrinsic motivation provided by something like a high score on a computer game. Re-engaging as a family There are some really good counter-intuitive strategies that you can try as well. One of these is to start playing online games with your kids – appropriate ones, with managed times. This will help them see that not all tech is ‘bad’ and that you’re happy to share some of the good stuff with them. Allowing your child to teach you how to play, help you work through strategies, and then laugh over the joys and defeats will help you find more common ground. It will mean some good (real life as opposed to virtual) conversations can begin. If you’re feeling a bit daring, find a family show that you can all watch together. The best ones are exciting and usually have awesome plot lines that draw everyone in. There will be different series options for every family, but talk to friends as this is becoming a more common strategy. The most important part of this is that all family members have to be present for an episode to play – even if this seriously limits viewing opportunities because someone, for whatever reason, is not around a lot. Everyone has to also pledge that they will not 38 LIFE ON LANTAU December 2016/ January 2017
sneak ahead. Look for older shows that have been running for a few seasons rather than new releases (online spoilers add angst if a new episode airs on a day when all of you can’t be at home). If the pledge is honoured, you’ll end up with an incredible ‘us’ time as a family; everyone will enjoy the fact that ‘we’ watch this show together. Doing anything as a unit helps to connect members of a family and if you can discuss the latest plot developments and which characters are evil or silly or make a bad decision, you’ll find yourselves connecting in a whole new way. If you can find a good series that engages your group, you’ve found a way to get them off their personal tech and into a family moment. It goes without saying that all devices need to be out of reach and on silent while a show airs. Remind your kids that not a lot of crises actually happen on a given night, so an hour away from their phones will be survivable. And, this is important. One of the greatest predictors of future success is the ability to wait to get something you want. This selfcontrol, this being able to put your phone down as needed, for as long as needed, shows others you are present, listening and thinking about what is being discussed, not what’s pinging on your phone or iPad. The message that this gives to the other person is that they are important, that your conversation is the one you are attending to, and that you are focusing on them and their needs. It’s a powerful way to strengthen a relationship. This works really well in the business world, but it’s a real game changer if you can get it happening in your family.
Lorraine Cook (M.A. Psych) is a counselling psychologist at The Development Practice in DB North Plaza. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.childfamilydevelopmenthk.com.
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6810 0111 2985 7002 2985 8383
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or most of us, a good holiday decor is built on tradition – there’s the tree, a couple of themed centrepieces, candles and a wreath or two. But when working with these staples, you don’t have to play it safe. Meaning you don’t have to create the exact same atmosphere or look from year to year. T h i n k o u t o f t h e b ox a n d yo u ca n c o m e u p w i t h h u n d re d s o f n o v e l ways to decorate your home, while still using classic pieces. Why not group favourite baubles in a beautiful glass jar, or style up with a couple of miniature trees instead of the usual, 6-foot Douglas Fir? Xmas decorations can bring in an element of serenity that may otherwise be absent during the holiday season. This year, clean and calming Christmas schemes are bang on trend. Rather than piling on the gold and silver, and going totally over the top with tinsel and streamers, we are being encouraged to simplify, get innovative and style up. Before you jump to any conclusions, this won’t take the fun out of holiday decorating. Far from it! The plan is to set up just a few, key focal points and really make them (carol) sing. Christmas countdown
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As a starting point, remove as many yearround decor items as you can. By so doing, you’ll create space – on shelves and side tables – for seasonal displays. And as a bonus, when you reinstate your everyday ornaments on January 6 (Twelfth Night), you’ll find that you appreciate them all the more. Step two: Decide on a two- or three-tone colour scheme and stick to it, religiously. You may find, for instance, that most of the pieces in your Xmas box are red. If that’s the case, pack away the lone purple bauble and the single strand of gold tinsel, and limit your holiday decorating to red and white. Red with apple or lime green, and silver with purple or turquoise are fashionable colour choices for 2016. But basically
When creating centrepieces, use classic pieces in innovative ways
Capture the magic of a classic holiday season by following Jane Clyde’s simply stylish and totally doable decorating tips anything goes, as long as you control the use of colour in your scheme. Step three: Arrange key pieces innovatively, and work with what you have. Repurposing makes sense on many levels, not least the bottom line. You are ahead of the game if you saved last year’s Christmas cards and wrap, as these can be used to make anything from paper lanterns to baubles. All you need are scissors and a stapler. Christmas crafts add a personal touch, and are, of course, so much fun to make!
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Lastly, after all this repurposing and crafting, you’ll feel justified in splashing out on a few fashionable, yet timeless decor items. Woodland holiday themes are bang on trend, as are retro designs, complete with candy canes and sprigs of pine. Key additions to your holiday scheme this year, might also include a frosted Christmas tree, chevron ribbons and just a little bit of burlap. Here’s to a Xmas decor that provides blessed relief from all the bling and excess in the malls. Happy holidays!
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