Top ten South Lantau stories for 2017

10. Police probe after two vehicles set alight in four minutes

In a mystifying chain of events, vehicles were set alight in identical circumstances ten kilometres apart at almost exactly the same time. The Triad Squad took over the case, but no arrests have been made.

9. Lantau family mourns death of daughter in Beirut

A Lantau family mourned the death of Rebecca Dykes, a Hong Kong-raised international aid staffer in the UK Beirut Embassy. An Uber driver was charged with Rebecca’s murder. The family set up a charity fund aiming to raise £100,000 (HK$1.045m) to continue Rebecca’s work on humanitarian causes.

8. Village chief falls to death near Lantau Peak

A 69-year-old Sha Tin village chief died after falling 30 metres on the treacherous Kau Nga Ling trail toLantau Peak.

7. Remembering old Mui Wo

When David Kam was born in Luk Tei Tong, Lantau had no roads, no ferry to Central and no telephones. He has seen more change in his lifetime than all of his ancestors combined.

6. Calls to investigate ‘suspicious’ Mui Wo rural land deals

Civic Party leader and barrister Tanya Chan and others called for an investigation into the role of a Mui Wo village leader who was directly involved in six village house transactions and connected to another three in the space of two years.

5. Flights cancelled as Typhoon Hato heads our way

The city ground to a halt for Typhoon Hato, which brought floods and 130kmh winds. Residents organised clean-ups to remove refuse dumped on beaches.

4. Plan to build fence around Yi O ‘infinity pool’

The Water Supplies Department proposed building a fence around the popular ‘infinity pool’ near Yi O to prevent people swimming there.

3. Star power shines on Mui Wo

Superstar Chow Yun Fat chilled in Mui Wo for an afternoon. The Village Bakery’s Kit Lau took the opportunity to get a selfie with the screen legend.

2. Great signs for emerging local star Denquar

The breaks are falling the right way for Denquar, a local singer, songwriter and actor now dividing her time between Hong Kong and London.

1. After 18 years on the beach, the Stoep gets new lease of life

The Stoep, a much-loved landmark, closed its doors at Cheung Sha Beach and re-invented itself at Mui Wo.  The beachside restaurant became a destination for a generation of Hong Kongers.

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