Penny's Bay

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Penny's Bay
Penny's Bay
Traditional Chinese竹篙灣
Simplified Chinese竹篙湾

Penny's Bay or Chok Ko Wan (Chinese: 竹篙灣) was a bay in north-eastern Lantau Island, and had been a port since the Ming dynasty.[1] The bay has since been reclaimed and is the site of the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which consists of the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney's Hollywood Hotel, and the Inspiration Lake. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it became home to Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre. It is connected by a highway and a rail connection on the MTR Disneyland Resort line to Sunny Bay station.

Penny's Bay is located in Tsuen Wan District,[2] but a small southern portion falls in Islands District.[citation needed]

Dioxin contamination[edit]

Before the reclamation of the bay, Cheoy Lee Shipyard operated in the bay from 1964 to April 2001. The Government acquired the land from the owners for the sum of HK$1.48 billion, and paid HK$22.7 million in additional compensation, according to a Public Works Subcommittee paper from May 2002.

The Government had not realised that its operations accumulated 30,000 m3 (1,100,000 cu ft) of soil contaminated with dioxin, heavy metals, and hydrocarbons. The solid waste was dug up and transferred to To Kau Wan on the north shore of Northeast Lantau for temporary processing, and finally incinerated at the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre on the Tsing Yi Island amid protests by residents. The total cleanup cost not taken into account at the time of acquisition was estimated at HK$450 million.[3]

Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre (PBQC)[edit]

Penny's Bay Quarantine Centre (PBQC, 竹篙灣檢疫中心) has a total capacity of 1916 people. During the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong, in 2021 it was used to house US arrivals to Hong Kong for one week as part of a mandatory quarantine applicable to travellers regardless of testing or vaccine status.[4] In 2022, it was changed to a quarantine facility for mild-symptom cases.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 April 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "District Council Constituency Boundaries - Tsuen Wan District" (PDF). Electoral Affairs Commission. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. ^ Ng, Monday (12 November 2004). "Toxic chemical disposal plan alarms residents". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2007.
  4. ^ Ng, Monday (10 December 2021). "Hong Kong tightens measures for US arrivals, requires first week of 21-day quarantine to be at Penny's Bay government facility". South China Morning Post.
  5. ^ HK Gov't news web

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Coordinates: 22°19′N 114°02′E / 22.317°N 114.033°E / 22.317; 114.033