Hei Ling Chau

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Location of Hei Ling Chau within Hong Kong.
Hei Ling Chau

Hei Ling Chau (Chinese: 喜靈洲, lit. "Island of Happy Healing"/"Joyful Soul"),[1] 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.

Geography[edit]

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,[2] 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[edit]

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.[1]

Facilities[edit]

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.

Currently, CLP is investigating to construct 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.[1]

Fauna[edit]

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.[3]

Transport[edit]

There is kai-to from Peng Chau operated by Coral Sea Ferry. As of 2013, it costs HK$11 for a single trip.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c A Commercial Scale Wind Turbine Pilot Demonstratrion at Hei Ling Chau. EIA Report. November 2006
  2. ^ Survey and Mapping Office
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. ("Bogadek", p. 30).

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Coordinates: 22°15′9″N 114°2′25″E / 22.25250°N 114.04028°E / 22.25250; 114.04028