Siu A Chau
Aerial view of Siu A Chau looking towards the South coast of Lantau Island
Location of Siu A Chau in Hong Kong.
|Location||South of Lantau Island|
|Highest elevation||74 m (243 ft)|
|Siu A Chau|
Siu A Chau is the northernmost and the second largest of the Soko Islands, after Tai A Chau. It is dumbbell-shaped and has a rugged indented coastline with steep slopes. The highest point of the island is at 74 meters. A beach lies to the south, and another to the north of the island.
In 1937, Walter Schofield, then a Cadet Officer in the Hong Kong Civil Service, wrote that Siu A Chau was "another settlement of early man" and that it had a "fishing village of huts very different from ordinary Chinese dwellings" at the time of writing.
There is a temple on the south side of the island.
A low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) facility began operation at Siu A Chau in July 2005. Low-level radioactive wastes which had previously been stored in disused tunnels, two factories and five hospitals were subsequently transferred to the Siu A Chau facility. Part of this waste was relocated from the disused Mount Parish air-raid tunnels at Queen's Road East, in Wan Chai. The 55 m3 of LLRW stored there had raised objections. The opening ceremony of the facility was held in June 2006.
- Low Level Radioactive Waste Storage Facility at Siu A Chau. Environmental Monitoring and Audit Manual
- W. Schofield: "The islands around Hong Kong (text of a talk given in 1937)", from Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch, Vol. 23, 1983
- South West New Territories Development Strategy Review. Recommended Development Strategy. July 2001
- "No Man Is an Island", HK Magazine website, 22 March 2007
- "Far From the Madding Crowd", HK Magazine website, 8 June 2006
- Environment Protection Department: Low-level Radioactive Waste
- Legislative Council Panel on Environmental Affair - PWP Item 70DR - Low-level radioactive waste storage facility, June 2003
- Item for Public Works Subcommittee of Finance Committee, June 2003
- Environment Protection Department: Low-level Radioactive Waste Storage Facility opens, 24 June 2006
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- Webpage about Siu A Chau Tin Hau Temple (Chinese)