Shek Kwu Chau

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Coordinates: 22°11′43″N 113°59′17″E / 22.195273°N 113.988132°E / 22.195273; 113.988132

Location of Shek Kwu Chau within Hong Kong.
Shek Kwu Chau (left) and Wai Lingding Island (right), part of the Wanshan Archipelago of Guangdong Province. Picture taken from Cheung Sha, Lantau Island.

Shek Kwu Chau (石鼓洲) with a size of 1.19 km² is an island of Hong Kong, located south of Lantau Island and between Cheung Chau and the Soko Islands. Administratively, it is part of Islands District.

Shek Kwu Chau is a restricted area and a permit is required to visit the island.[1]

History[edit]

An old name for the island was "Coffin Island". It was generally barren and uninhabited until 1962, when it was taken over by the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Addicts.[2]

Features[edit]

Shek Kwu Chau Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre is located on Shek Kwu Chau.[3] It is managed by the Society for the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers (SARDA).[4]

Proposed incinerator[edit]

The Hong Kong government proposed to build an Integrated Waste Management Facilities at a reclaimed island on Shek Kwu Chau. The facilities will involve the creation of an artificial island south of Shek Kwu Chau and west of Cheung Chau. The facilities are expected to be completed in 2018 should the Legislative Council's finance committee approve the funding. The government expects the incinerator will be able to treat about 3,000 tonnes of waste a day. Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau said the site was chosen over Tsang Tsui in Tuen Mun partly because of the shorter transportation time and the lower impact on the neighborhood.[5]

On 26 July 2013, the High Court rejected a legal bid to stop the government building an incinerator at Shek Kwu Chau. But the plaintiff, Cheung Chau resident Leung Hon-wai, has indicated that he may appeal.[6]

Transport[edit]

Shek Kwu Chau is accessible within 20 minutes by ferry from Cheung Chau.[3]

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