WANDERLUST HIKING GUIDE – The island with red earth : Port Island (Chek Chau)

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Picture credit : Kit Chiu

3rd July 2019 – (Hong Kong) Port Island or Chek Chau (Chinese: 赤洲) is an island of Hong Kong, under the administration of Tai Po District. It is located in Tolo Channel, in the northeastern New Territories. Its name literally means red island; after the sedimentary rocks rich in iron that form this island.

Picture credit : Kit Chiu

Port Island has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest since 1979

Sitting at the mouth of Tolo Harbour in Tai Po, Port Island overlooks the southern Tap Mun Island. This uninhabited island may seem lone and barren, but it is the gateway of Tolo Harbour for it guards the strategic pass of Tolo Channel.

As the Chinese name Chek Chau implies, Port Island is a place of red earth. The ground on the entire island is rust-coloured conglomerate and siltstone. From Wong Chuk Kok Hoi to Hung Shek Mun, past Tsat Shue Wan, Cheung Tsui to Hung Pai, it is a grandiose domain of red peaks, rusty soil, red earth and green trees. This extraordinary scene is known as “Danxia Wonder at Sea”.

Picture credit : Kit Chiu
Picture credit : Kit Chiu
Picture credit : Kit Chiu

Directions:

Hire a boat or join a local tour. First stop to Port Island, sail up to the north for Wong Chuk Kok Tsui. Pass the Wong Chuk Kok Hoi and sail through Hung Shek Mun to enter Double Haven, Ap Chau and Kat O.

Video credit : Hong Kong Geopark