Sok Kwu Wan

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Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island
Sok Kwu Wan viewed from Lamma Island walk
Japanese fast motor boats, packed with high explosive and intended for use against allied shipping, found abandoned in Picnic Bay, Hong Kong after the surrender. These light wooden craft are about 25 ft (0 mi) in length, painted green, and are ready in their launching trolleys.

Sok Kwu Wan (Chinese: 索罟灣) or Picnic Bay (Chinese: 野餐灣) is a bay on the east coast of Lamma Island, Hong Kong. A fishing town of the same name, Sok Kwu Wan, in the bay has a cluster of famous and well-reputed seafood restaurants near the ferry pier.

Features[edit]

There is a Tin Hau Temple in Sok Kwu Wan with some old and interesting artifacts from the pre-Qing period.[1]

Environmental Conservation[edit]

Paths from the village's ferry pier leads to several beaches, some of which are overseen by Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department[2] and the Agricultural, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD)[3]. Sham Wan, one of these beaches, is well known as a breeding location for endangered green sea turtles, and an AFCD facility on the beach is staffed from June to October in order to prevent access to the beach during breeding season. The Hong Kong YMCA maintains a small camp facility on the shore of the bay opposite from the village of Sok Kwu Wan[4], which sits on several acres of forested land that has been under consideration for status as protected land. The camp is used for outdoor youth education. The entirety of South Lamma has been suggested several times for conservation status under the auspices of AFCD.

Future developments[edit]

The village, itself, has been the subject of some interesting debate concerning environmental protection and urban expansion. A planned community is under discussion to be developed at the site of Sok Kwu Wan's abandoned quarry. The development could house an anticipated additional 6,000 residents on the island, including an additional 1900 units with 700 reserved for subsidized housing, a 260 suite hotel, and facilities for water sports. Development plans were last reported to have been shelved until 2025. The site plans to preserve a green belt consisting of natural mudflats, a lake, and many acres of pristine woodlands.[5] Locals voiced interest in a potential eco-tourism resort rather than large-scale residential development.[6] Recent developments regarding the real estate development talks show that the development plans may be changed to environmentally protected areas on a large scale, which may provide some interesting opportunities for local small business. [7]

Transportation[edit]

The town is serviced by ferries from the Outlying Ferry Pier No. 4 in Central, taking 35 to 45 minutes, and from Aberdeen via Mo Tat by Chuen Kee Ferry, taking about 30 minutes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tin Hau Temple (Sok Kwu Wan)
  2. ^ "Information of Beaches, LCSD". 
  3. ^ "Conservation of sea turtles in Hong Kong, AFCD". 
  4. ^ "YMCA Lamma Island Outdoor Centre". 
  5. ^ Wong, Olga.'Population of Lamma Island will double under new housing plan'.March 19,2014.South China Morning Post. http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1447296/former-quarry-plan-would-double-population-lamma-island. Retrieved March 19, 2014
  6. ^ "Build eco-tourism resort on Lamma, not tower blocks: conservationists". South China Morning Post. 
  7. ^ South China Morning Post. 'Split emerges among Hong Kong rural leaders over plan for a new party'. South China Morning Post.http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1934045/split-emerges-among-hong-kong-rural-leaders-over-plan-new. Retrieved April 07, 2016

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Coordinates: 22°12′18″N 114°7′54″E / 22.20500°N 114.13167°E / 22.20500; 114.13167