Ap Chau

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Map of Hong Kong showing the location of Ap Chau, in red in the top right part.
Ap Chau
The "Duck Head" Ap Chau

Ap Chau (Chinese: 鴨洲), meaning "duck island", also known as Robinson Island, with a size of 0.04 km² is an island in the Crooked Harbour, in the north-eastern New Territories of Hong Kong. It is located in Ap Chau Bay (鴨洲海) and is under the administration of North District. The island had 8 inhabitants as of June 2008.[1]

Robinson Island was named after Hercules Robinson, 1st Baron Rosmead, who was the 5th Governor of Hong Kong from 1859 to 1865.

History[edit]

The village on the island was set up by American preachers from the then Taiwan-based True Jesus Church in order to shelter fishermen and their families who converted to Christianity in the 1960s.[1] The single primary school on the island opened in 1958.[2] There used to be over 1,000 inhabitants called the Tanka, an originally non-Chinese ethnic minority who were mostly fishermen but most have moved over to cities in the United Kingdom[1][3] such as Newcastle upon Tyne,[4] Leicester, Sunderland, Elgin[2] and Edinburgh. The church on the island is still active.[5]

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Fresh water in Ap Chau is obtained from the mainland China using an underground pipe.

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Coordinates: 22°33′04.5″N 114°16′10″E / 22.551250°N 114.26944°E / 22.551250; 114.26944