High Island, Hong Kong
High Island or Leung Shuen Wan (Chinese: 糧船灣洲; pinyin: liángchuán wān zhōu; literally "grain-ship-bay island") is a former island in the southeast of Sai Kung Peninsula, Hong Kong. The island was connected to the peninsula by two dams to enclose the Kwun Mun Channel and form the High Island Reservoir. The construction of the dam spanned 10 years from 1969 to 1979. The area is now a designated fish culture zone and features several seafood restaurants along the shore.
High Island had historically an area of 8.511 km² and was in 1960 the 4th largest island of Hong Kong. There are four villages, Pak A (北丫), Tung A (東丫), Sha Kiu Tau (沙橋頭) and Pak Lap (白腊), all located along the west coast.
Tin Hau Temple
There is a Tin Hau Temple on High Island, located near Tung A. Built in 1741, it is one of the two temples which have a marine parade to celebrate the Tin Hau Festival (天后誕). The other is the Tin Hau Temple in Tap Mun which has it once every ten years. The Tin Hau Festival at High Island takes place every two years. The religious ceremony lasts six days and the marine parade is held on the eve of Tin Hau's birthday. The temple was listed as a Grade II historic building in 1996, and as a Grade III historic building in 2010.
- "Leung Shuen Wan Tin Hau Temple", travelinsaikung.org.hk (archive)
- Chan, Tin-kuen, Anthony, "Parade for the queen: safeguarding the intangible heritage of the Tin Hau Sea Ritual in Leung Shuen Wan, Sai Kung", Postgraduate Thesis, University of Hong Kong, 2006.
- Antiquities and Monuments Office. Brief Information on Proposed Grade III Items. Item #617. Tin Hau Temple, Leung Shuen Wan, Sai Kung
- Antiquities and Monuments Office: List of the Historic Buildings in Building Assessment
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