High Island, Hong Kong

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Fish farming next to Sha Kiu Tau, on High Island, Hong Kong.
Tin Hau Temple on High Island.
Sea cave on High Island, next to the High Island Reservoir East Dam.

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.[1]

Geography[edit]

High Island had historically an area of 8.511 km² and was in 1960 the 4th largest island of Hong Kong.[2] 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.[2]

Tin Hau Temple[edit]

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.[3] 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.[2] The temple was listed as a Grade II historic building in 1996, and as a Grade III historic building in 2010.[4]

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Coordinates: 22°21′30″N 114°21′17″E / 22.35833°N 114.35472°E / 22.35833; 114.35472