Siu A Chau

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Siu A Chau
Siu A Chau.jpg
Aerial view of Siu A Chau looking towards the South coast of Lantau Island
Location of Siu A Chau in Hong Kong.
Location of Siu A Chau in Hong Kong.
Location South of Lantau Island
Highest elevation 74 m (243 ft)
Siu A Chau
Traditional Chinese 小鴉洲

Siu A Chau (Chinese: 小鴉洲) is an uninhabited island[1] of Hong Kong, part of the Soko Islands group, located south of Lantau Island.


Siu A Chau is the northernmost and the second largest of the Soko Islands, after Tai A Chau. It is dumbbell-shaped[2] and has a rugged indented coastline with steep slopes.[3] The highest point of the island is at 74 meters.[4] A beach lies to the south, and another to the north of the island.[4][5]


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.[2]


There is a temple on the south side of the island.[4]

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.[6] 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.[7][8] The opening ceremony of the facility was held in June 2006.[9]


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Coordinates: 22°10′57″N 113°54′44″E / 22.18250°N 113.91222°E / 22.18250; 113.91222