The last time I visited my family in Hong Kong we went on a ferry trip to visit Tung Ping Chau Island. This tiny island, situated in the far north-east corner of the Hong Kong territory, is famed for its unusual geology and is part of a UNESCO Global Geopark. The island itself is nearly all Country Park and is situated in the Tung Ping Chau Marine Park.
The park’s many paths, overgrown with orchids and the spectacularly eroded rocks are incredibly beautiful. However, I found that the most striking feature of the island was the deserted houses of the former villagers, which are gradually being swallowed up by the undergrowth.
The island once had a thriving fishing and farming community of over 3,000 people, but now it has no permanent residents, as everyone has left for a better life in Hong Kong’s urban jungle. The only well-maintained buildings to be seen are connected with the tourist trade.