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This tour is suitable for children of all ages.

The remote waters of Double Haven are dotted with islands, and lined with winding shorelines. For many centuries, Hakka clans settled in this area for farming and fishing. While many of these villages have been abandoned and have turned into ghost villages, some are still inhabited by small numbers of people, who cling on to their traditional way of life.This tour will visit two of these communities: Lai Chi Wo (map marker 1) and Kat O (map marker 2).

Kat O

Kat O, a once thriving fishing island home to over 2,000 people spread over at least a dozen villages, has only a few dozen residents nowadays. Some are retired, others are fishermen living and working on the island, fishing mostly in the surrounding waters.

Sights in Kat O include the viewpoint on top of Ko Tei Teng, the Lover's Tree, the Tin Hau temple (with two statues of Tin Hau), the abandoned village school and a wishing tree.

Abandoned house at Kat O

There are many abandoned and unmaintained houses here. One always wonders, what makes people abandon their home leaving behind furniture and even the pictures on the wall?

We may also have a traditional Hakka style lunch at Kat O (optional; not included; please register when booking this tour if you're interested) before catching the speed boat back to Lai Chi Wo. Lai Chi Wo

Lai Chi Wo is a well preserved and well maintained walled Hakka village. This village is also known for its ecologically important fung shui woods and large swathes of mangroves. Home to over 3,000 people at its peak, now just a handful are still living here. Over the past few years, villagers have tried to revitalise their old home. The fung shui wall has been rebuilt, some houses are under renovation and a Geoheritage Centre has opened here.

We'll also walk around the village. Sights include the hollow autumn maple tree, the five-fingered camphor at the fung shui woods, the rice paddies and other agricultural fields, the temple, and all the old houses of the village itself.

Itinerary:

  • 8:30 meet at University MTR, walk to Ma Liu Shui pier (green map marker) for the boat to Lai Chi Wo.
  • At Lai Chi Wo pier, change for a speed boat to take us to Kat O.
  • About 10:15-12:15: walk around Kat O.
  • Lunch in Kat O.
  • About 13:30 speed boat back to Lai Chi Wo.
  • Visit Lai Chi Wo, walk around the village and the fung shui woods, visit the geoheritage centre.
  • 15:30 board the boat back to Ma Liu Shui (arrive there about 17:00).

Fee for this tour: HKD 320 per person, HKD 280 children 3-12, including all boat transfers and experienced guide. Excluding lunch, HKD 100 per person.

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