Tai A Chau

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Tai A Chau (Chinese: 大鴉洲) is an uninhabited island of Hong Kong, part of the Soko Islands group, located south of Lantau Island. It is referred to as South Soko Island in some media articles.

Geography[edit]

With an area of 1.2 km², Tai A Chau is the largest of the Soko Islands. It is located 4.5 km to the south of Lantau Island and about 2 km north of the boundary of the Hong Kong territorial waters.[1] The island has small hills with heights ranging from 85m to 154m. Its coastline is mainly steeply sloped and rocky in nature.[1]

History[edit]

There were historically two villages on the island: Ha Tsuen and Sheung Tsuen on the west and south sides of the island. The villagers left in the 1980s, when a detention camp for Vietnamese refugees was built.[1] In 1937, Walter Schofield, then a Cadet Officer in the Hong Kong Civil Service, wrote "There is a shrimp paste factory here which exports to Europe and America".[2] Tai A Chau Detention Centre was home to thousands of Vietnamese refugees from 1991 to 1996.[citation needed] The centre was closed prior to the handover in 1997 and all the building structures were demolished.[1]

Features[edit]

The island has a temple dedicated to Tin Hau and seven earth shrines.[3]

Two helicopter landing pads and a small jetty remain from the island's former detention centre.[1]

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Coordinates: 22°9′41″N 113°54′30″E / 22.16139°N 113.90833°E / 22.16139; 113.90833