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Hei Ling Chau

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Location  East of Lantau
District  Islands District
Highest elevation  187 m (614 ft)
Area  193 ha
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Similar  Sunshine Island - Hong Kong, Po Toi Islands, Soko Islands, Peng Chau, Ma Wan

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Hei Ling Chau (Chinese: 喜靈洲), formerly Hayling Chau, is an island of Hong Kong, located east of Silver Mine Bay and Chi Ma Wan of Lantau Island. It is administratively part of the Islands District.

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Map of Hei Ling Chau, Hong Kong

Geography

Hei Ling Chau is located south of Peng Chau and north of Cheung Chau. Its companion, Sunshine Island, is at its northeast. It has an area of 1.93 km², and the highest hill heighted 187m. The island is L-shaped with angle pointed northeast. Southwest water of the island is zoned as Hei Ling Chau Typhoon Shelter.

History

The island was originally named Nai Gu Island (尼姑洲). It was settled at the end of the 19th century, and by 1951, there were 10 families numbering about 100 people on the island. It was designated as a leper colony in 1950 and the islanders were relocated to Tai Pak, Shap Long and Cheung Chau. The island was then renamed to Hei Ling Chau. At one time in the early 1960s, the leprous hospital reached a maximum of 540 patients. The colony was closed down in 1974, and remaining patients were relocated to the new Lai Chi Kok Hospital. The island was subsequently taken over by the Correctional Services Department.

Facilities

Hei Ling Chau Addiction Treatment Centre occupies the north-western part of the island and students often get a chance to visit the island by joining preventive drug education programs. The eastern part, on the other end, hosted medium-security Hei Ling Chau Correctional Institute and mid-northern minimum security Lai Sun Correctional Institution. The Hei Ling Chau Addiction Treatment Centre(Annex) is located at the southest end of the Island. Lai Sun Correctional Institution is the first Vocational Training Centre in the Correctional Services Department that aims to train inmates develop useful and market-oriented vocational skills before re-integrated into the society.

In 2004, the Hong Kong Government proposed to spend HK$12 billion to build a super jail on the island. The proposal was strongly opposed by the general public and experts alike, and thus has been shelved indefinitely.

In 2006 CLP investigated constructing the second Commercial Wind Turbine on Hei Ling Chau Island in order to promote the use of renewable energy in Hong Kong.

There are two Tin Hau Temples on the island. One was built in 1925 and was converted into a store room. The current temple was built in 1985.

Fauna

An endemic species, Bogadek's legless lizard (Dibamus bogadeki ), was first discovered on the island by a Salesian priest, father Anthony Bogadek, in whose honor the species is named.

Transport

Ferry Service from Peng Chau operated by Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry. As of 2017, it costs HK$17.5 for a single trip.

References

Hei Ling Chau Wikipedia