Crooked Island

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Published on Tuesday, 08 August 2006 16:19
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About Crooked Island ()

Area: 2.36 sq. km, Population: 1,200

Map of Crooked Island

Kat O ()

The Hakka first settled on the island, then called Gu Chau (lone island), during the early Qing dynasty. There are two schools of thought as to why the island was renamed Kat O, one being that the inhabitants used the word kat, meaning prosperity, for luck, the other being that there was an abundance of mandarine (also pronounced kat) trees growing on the island. The British later called it Crooked Island inspired by its shape.

There are six villages on the island: Tung O, Chung Kan O, Sai O, Kat O Sheung Wai, Au Pui Tong and Chek Kok Tau inhabited by members of the Lam, Tsang, Chow, Yau, Cheung and Chung clans. Fishing was the major industry.

{mospagebreak title=Things to see}Things To See

Under construction
Sam Sing Temple

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Old cannon
Old Cannons

There are three old cannons found on the island: two in front of the police station and one not far away under a tree towards the coast. The inscriptions on the body of the cannons are no longer legible due to corrosion, but judging from their shapes and makes, they were manufactured in the west in the 19th century.

 
Pak Kung Shrine

This is a shrine dedicate to Pak Kung, a deity who protects a village from evil.

 
The Lam, Tsang and Chow Clan Halls

All built in early Ching and renovated in recent years. These are where the clansmen meet to discuss clan affairs and pay respect to their ancestors. 

Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple

The temple was built in 1736 and is the largest temple on the island.

 
Qing Monument

Installed in 1802, this documented the ruling of the provincial government, based on the appeal of the fisherfolks, prohibiting land lords from levying 'unreasonable' taxes on their tenants.

 
Water & Moon Temple

The temple was built during the 8th year of the Emporer Tsien Lung's reign (J'ing Dynasty) and was renovated in 1992. Both inside and outside the temple are plagues on which were inscribed names of donors. A number of these donations were in British pounds, showing that the islanders moved to the UK just as villagers from other New Territories areas.

Under construction
Old Pearl Farm

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{mospagebreak title=Getting There & Away}Getting There & Away

From Wong Shek Pier

On weekends and public holidays, the 96R (Kowloon Motor Bus) runs directly from Diamond Hill bus terminus (just above the MTR station) to Wong Shek Pier. Bus fare cost HK$17 for an air conditioned bus and HK$11 for a non aircon one. Alternatively, the 96R also stops outside the Ngau Chi Wan Market above the Choi Hung MTR station. The bus ride takes about 70 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic.

On weekdays, take bus 94 from Sai Kung town to Wong Shek Pier.

From Wong Shek Pier, you can hire a water taxi to Crooked Island. Taxi fare cost around HK$300-450 per round trip (a taxi can take up to 3 passengers, legally), subject to bargain. The ride takes 30-40 minutes and can be bumpy if the sea is rough. The water taxi will refuse to take you to Crooked Island, if the sea condition is bad. Ring the operators before your trip.

Operators:
Sing Kee (also services Tung Ping Chau, Grass Island, doesn't speak English), Mr. Ho Yau Sing, phone: +852 9178-0495 or +852 9731-5685.

From Ma Liu Shui (Chinese University)

From Ma Liu Shui, you can charter a yatch to Crooked Island. The journey takes 2 hours.

Operators:
Mr. Lee, phone: +852 9376-2800 or +852 2664-3229. Charges: HK$2,500 during off-season for a 'small' yatch (maximum 30 passengers) for 8 hours.

{mospagebreak title=Places to eat}Places To Eat

Lunch

Need to reserve. About HK$650 for a set menu (8 courses) for 10 people.

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