Category: Events

A defensive Carrie Lam vows to press on with Lantau Tomorrow

The government’s much-criticised scheme to build a massive new business and housing district on 1700ha of reclaimed land in waters off Lantau is certain to go ahead.

In her annual policy address on Wednesday chief executive Carrie Lam vowed to proceed with the plan, currently estimated to cost HK$624 billion, making it the easily most expensive public works project in the city’s history.

The Legco Finance Committee, now dominated by pro-government members, began considering approval for the initial HK$550 million funding on Friday.

But in her speech Lam struck a defensive note, calling on people “to act in an objective and fair manner with the long-term interests of Hong Kong in mind”

This is a departure from her government’s longstanding claim of wide public support for the scheme.

Lam also vowed to “continue to listen to the views of various sectors of the community,” despite having rejected widely-held criticisms about the cost, the necessity and the ecological risks posed by the project.

Source: Sustainable Lantau Office

Even pro-government legislators are querying it, with more than 20 lodging questions about the project.  They are also determined not to appear in a rush to approve the funding application, reports.

One pro-Beijing lawmaker, Wong Kwok-kin, a member of Lam’s cabinet, complained about the public backlash they will face for voting for Lantau Tomorrow.

Appearing before Legco on Friday, Development Secretary Michael Wong faced questioning about the cost and viability, the likelihood of delays, and protection of country parks.

“We can’t issue a blank cheque and just allow you to proceed with the study and all the steps subsequent to it. We need to be careful about every penny spent,” Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, of the Business and Professionals Alliance according to

Wong was also asked whether reclamation was a better option than building in country parks, which account for around two-thirds of SAR land.

He said there was little support for building in parks and that it would take additional legislation.

But in a comment that carries some significance for Lantau residents, Wong downplayed the second phase of the scheme, which envisages a 700ha reclamation around Hei Ling Chau, just off Mui Wo.

Without elaborating, he described the initial phase of 1,000 ha reclamation around Kau Yi Chau as the “real” component of the project, and the second 700 ha phase of Hei Ling Chau as “virtual.”

Tom Yam of the Citizens Task Force for Land Resources has accused the government of “magical thinking” in believing the project would help solve short-term housing needs and that it will be ready by 2033.

Yam points out that government’s own forecasts anticipate the city’s population to start falling from a peak of 8.1 million from 2041.

He said the government had already identified 1400 ha in land from brownfield sites in the New Territories, while land developers had warehoused a further 1000ha.

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THIS WEEKEND: Beach Barre & Shap Long cleanup

This weekend it’s Beach Barre at Treasure Island – all proceeds to Tails – and a beach cleanup at Shap Long. Plus, the UTML is still running.


November 14: Beach Barre. 60-minute class with Noelle from Yatta Barre. $200. Proceeds to Tails Lantau. Sessions at 10am & 4pm. Treasure Island, Pui O Beach. Details


November 14: Help remove aggressive plants from Ngong Ping. WhatsApp 81036312. 4pm


November 15: Shap Long Beach Cleanup with Beyond Plastic Team. To help out: WhatsApp +852 9514 9944. Details.

Photo: Beyond Plastic


November 1-30:  UTML (Ur Trail du Mont Lantau). Hike, walk or run Lantau trails to support Lantau conservation and oppose the Lantau Tomorrow reclamation. Details


December 12-13: Treasure Island Christmas Market. 11am-5pm, Pui O Beach. Details

December 12: Treasure Island Group Third Annual Charity Ball.  6pm, Treasure Island, Pui O Beach. 6pm. $580 per person $5800 per table. Details

December 13: Annual South Lantau Children’s Christmas Party 2020. $100 per child (max $200 per family) to cover costs. Treasure Island, Pui O Beach. From 1pm. RSVP before November 30 to or WhatsApp 9530 7569.



THIS WEEKEND: Halloween, live music, ‘real recycling’

A Halloween fundraiser at Cheung Sha, the return of live music to Bahce and some “real recycling” in Mui Wo top this weekend’s Lantau events.

Oct 30: Live music Bache Turkish Restaurant. Bambie’s Friends. 9-11pm

Oct 23-31: Halloween pumpkin carvings. On display at Marcy’s Lantau, 88 Chung Hau St. 10am-ypm

Oct 31: Waste Free Mui Wo. 10:30am-12pm. Bring your clean and dry plastics, styrofoam, drink cartons and papers for “real recycling.” Outside Chez Lantau, G/F Ngan Yuet House, Ngan Wan Estate. Details

Oct 31:  Ghouls Day. Kids’ sports day, adult beer run, games, beach movie night. From 2pm, Lantau Grocer, Cheung Sha Beach. $100 entry. Proceeds to Little Lantau Montessori School.

Nov 1-30:  UTML (Ur Trail du Mont Lantau). Hike, walk or run Lantau trails to support Lantau conservation and oppose the Lantau Tomorrow reclamation. Details

Nov 8: Discovery Bay Sunday Market. 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Discovery Bay Plaza. Details

Dec 12-13: Treasure Island Christmas Market. 11am-5pm, Pui O Beach. Details

Dec 12: Treasure Island Group Third Annual Charity Ball.  6pm, Treasure Island, Pui O Beach. 6pm. $580 per person $5800 per table. Details

Hike Lantau trails next month to support Lantau conservation

Want to run or hike the hills of Lantau and promote conservation at the same time?

Hong Kongers have that chance next month with the first UTML – aka Ur Trail du Mont-Lantau – offering nine different events ranging from a 2km walk to a 100km endurance race.

Organisers Ms So and Ms Chung say they took the idea from the famed UTMB around Mont Blanc, the world’s biggest trail race.

Ms So said with the government pushing ahead with the Lantau Tomorrow reclamation, “we wanted to hold an event to encourage people to hike the hills and forests to save Lantau.”

The UTML comprises nine different races, starting with a 2km road walk around Tung Chung, moving up to 10km -16km courses for regular hikers, and then three ultra-trail routes 50km, 60km and 100km in length.

The other twist on the UTML is it’s a virtual event. It will run for all of November and people can complete their chosen course in their own time.

“You go to Lantau, you pick one of the routes that we provide, and then you finish the trail,” said Ms So.

“Then you get the GPS record through a smartphone app, Strava, Polar, or Garmin etc, and you can screencap it and share it, along with photos taken along the route.”

The hashtags are #HKUTML #and IloveLantau.

Ms So said that apart from promoting the preservation of Lantau, she hopes to help bring together people with similar views.

“It’s about community building. This belongs to everyone who loves Hong Kong and loves Lantau.”

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After another torrid year, Ngong Ping 360 targets local visitors

Amid yet another tough year, Ngong Ping 360, one of Lantau’s biggest attractions, is targeting local visitors.

The cable car business reported a 21% drop in numbers last year as the city was wracked by protests.

This year it has twice suspended service due to the pandemic, re-opening on September 11 at reduced capacity.

Indoor attractions at Ngong Ping Village, such as Walking with Buddha and Motion 360, remain closed, however.

Managing director Andy Lau says he is cautiously optimistic

“We expect that the number of local guests will increase by double digits,” he said. “While inbound tourism is still suspended, we believe that local citizens will occupy a major market share in Hong Kong’s tourism in the short run.”

To spur his campaign to win local visitors, Lau has struck a deal with sportswear brand Fila for what they’re calling the 360 Fila Sports Fest.

It features Fila’s signature candy-coloured themes on cable car cabins and installations, as well as cable cars decked out in imagery of K-pop sensation BTS, Fila global ambassadors.

Mid-Autumn Festival fun: Lantern Riddles

Marcy’s Lantau store in old Mui Wo is holding a mid-autumn riddles evening on Friday.

Lantern Riddles is a very traditional game/ event for Mid Autumn Festival, explains Alison Fung of Marcy’s.

“We are hosting a miniature version of it to brighten up the holiday mood. We’ve got a number of riddles ready in both Chinese and English, attached to the lanterns at the storefront.”

How it works:

Participants will draw five riddles from a box, then try to find them one by one among the lanterns.

Solve any one of the five and receive a surprise gift.

Solve all five and the winner’s name is entered into a community lucky draw.  

When: 5pm-6:30pm October 2

Where: Marcy’s Lantau, 88 Chung Hau Street Mui Wo

More details: Contact Marcy’s via Facebook

Mui-Wo pop-up market attracts huge interest

Ashleigh Theunissen, the organiser of a Mui Wo pop-up market, says she’s been overwhelmed with interest in the retail event.

Since announcing it on Facebook she says she’s had inquiries from people wanting to sell crafts such as jewellery and fabrics, importers of goods including Kenyan products, and those offering edibles such as scones, jams and cookies.

The market, located next to Pause Cafe (opposite the children’s playground) is planned for September 12-13.

With the high level of interest already shown, Ashleigh is confident she can put on further markets every two weeks.

It’s a small space though, with only room for around 10 stalls, so places will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

Ashleigh, who lives at Tai Tei Tong, said she is setting up the market to provide “something new and exciting” for Lantau on the weekend.

“It also gives people the opportunity to grow their small businesses.”

To become a stallholder, contact Ashleigh for a registration form at

You can also follow @muiwomarket on Instagram and Facebook.

Celebrating Chinese New Year on Lantau

Coming up: Lantau events over Chinese New Year

Jan 18: Silvermine Bay School Open Day. 1F Silver Centre Building, 10 Mui Wo Ferry Pier Rd. 11am-2pm. Details:

Jan 18: Eddie Chu, local Legco member and founder of the Land Justice League, will be outside McDonald’s, Mui Wo, 10:30am-12:30pm. He will hand out voting registration forms, write Fai Chun and meet local residents. Waste-Free Mui Wo will also be there for freecycling.

Jan 18:  New Year Quest. New Year’s celebration at Little Field Restaurant (小隱於野) with house specials, chill music, board games and more. 3pm till late, 50 Cheung Sha Lower Village. Tickets $280-$350. Bookings and details here.

Jan 19: CNY Market at Cheung Sha Beach. Featuring food, drink and diverse local stalls. 11am: Dumplings Workshop. 1pm: Fai Chun Workshop. Little Field Restaurant (小隱於野), 50 Cheung Sha Lower Village. Click here for more details or to book a stall.

Jan 19: Dinner Theatre: Jam Every Other Day. Starring local actress Erika Marais. 6pm The Stoep at Hightide, Mui Wo. HK$300. Bookings/information:

Jan 26: Garden Genies. Permaculture workshop at Ark Eden. Cost: $750. 9:40am-5:30pm. Meet at Mui Wo ferry pier. Bookings/details:

Jan 27: A Walk to Remember II. Hike from Mui Wo to Pui O. With swimming, soccer & music at Pui O Beach. Starts at 10am from Mui Wo. Donation $100. Organised by One Love Community. Bookings/information here.

‘Amazing Bovid’ photo contest winners claim their prizes

Natasha Ramsey and Mink Chan, the two main winners of the Amazing Bovid of Lantau photo competition, received their prizes in a ceremony in Pui O on Saturday.

Natasha won the judges’ and artistic awards for her photo, Look into my soul, taken at Lower Cheung Sha Beach in 2013.

Natasha Ramsey with her winning photo

Natasha said when taking the photo she felt a strong connection with the animal.

“As I took the photo I felt a really strong bond. It felt it wasn’t just an animal, it had a deep soul and high intelligence,” she said. “From then on I used to photograph them all the time, and sit with them, and just be at peace with them.

Natasha says the buffalo pass through her Mui Wo garden several times every day.

It didn’t feel threatening, she says, adding that for her young daughters it is completely normal. “We give them enough space. Without them coming every day it would be quite sad.”

Mink Chan receives her prize from environmental photographer Martin Williams, a member of the judging panel

The other major winner was Mink Chan, who won the Outstanding awards for her portraits of cattle and buffalo in Shui Hau.

Mink, an indigenous Shui Hau resident, said she shot all of her photos around the village within the space of two days.

Mink, with LBA president Ho Loy, shows her winning photos

The ceremony took place at the sponsors’ sites Garden Plus and The Water Buffalo. Other major sponsor was natural cosmetics company Lush.

Winners and sponsors: Suzette Sanchez (Garden Plus), Natasha Ramsey, Mink Chan, Jenny Riley (Water Buffalo), Ho Loy LBA)


Photo (top): One of Mink Chan’s award-winning photos, Kiss


All the fun of the wellness fair

Around 200 people descended on Mavericks in Pui O yesterday for the first Lantau Health & Wellness Expo.

The Lantau Singers sang, Gavin Coates read stories, Ark Eden’s Jenny Quinton spoke about a green envisioning and environmentally-friendly items changed hands while Billy looked on.

Gallery: click on any photo