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Ping Chau
Ping Chau
Ping Chau
Ping Chau
Ping Chau
Ping Chau


Ping Chau (Chinese: 平洲; pinyin: Píng Zhōu) is an island in Hong Kong, China. It is also known as Tung Ping Chau (Chinese: 東平洲; pinyin: Dōng Píng Zhōu). Tung (Chinese: , meaning east) is prepended to the name so as to avoid possible confusion with Peng Chau, another island in Hong Kong with a similarly pronounced name. Administratively, the island is part of the Tai Po District in the New Territories. Image File history File links Tung_Ping_Chau_1. ... Image File history File links Tung_Ping_Chau_1. ... Image File history File links Tung_Ping_Chau_4. ... Image File history File links Tung_Ping_Chau_4. ... Image File history File links Tung_Ping_Chau_6. ... Image File history File links Tung_Ping_Chau_6. ... Pinyin is a system of romanization (phonemic notation and transcription to Roman script) for Standard Mandarin, where pin means spell and yin means sound. The most common variant of pinyin in use is called Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: , Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: HànyÇ” PÄ«nyÄ«n), also known as scheme... Pinyin is a system of romanization (phonemic notation and transcription to Roman script) for Standard Mandarin, where pin means spell and yin means sound. The most common variant of pinyin in use is called Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: , Traditional Chinese: ; pinyin: HànyÇ” PÄ«nyÄ«n), also known as scheme... Peng Chau (坪洲 in pinyin: Píngzhōu; in Jyutping: ping4 zau1; literal meaning: Flat Islet) is a small island located off the north-eastern coast of Lantau Island. ... Location within the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ([ Click here for satellite image]) District Council Chairman Cheng Chun-ping, JP Constituencies 19 Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 148. ... A major road, Kwong Fuk Road in Tai Po, a town in the New Territories. ...

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Geography

Geographically, Ping Chau is an offshore island located in the northeast corner of Hong Kong in Mirs Bay and is close the border with Guangdong Province in mainland China. The island has an area of 1.16 km² and consists of shale rock. The island is much closer to Mainland China (1.5 km) than to the main landmass of Hong Kong. It is close to Nan'ao of Dapeng. Mirs Bay (a. ... China, and should not be confused with the former Kwantung Leased Territory in north-eastern China. ... The highlighted area in the map is what is commonly known as mainland China. Mainland China (Simplified Chinese: 中国大陆; Traditional Chinese: 中國大陸; pinyin: Zhōnggúo Dàlù; literally The Chinese Massive Landmass or Continental China) is an informal (disputed — see talk page) geographical term which is usually synonymous with the area... Shale Shale is a fine-grained sedimentary rock whose original constituents were clays or muds. ... The highlighted area in the map is what is commonly known as mainland China. Mainland China (Simplified Chinese: 中国大陆; Traditional Chinese: 中國大陸; pinyin: Zhōnggúo Dàlù; literally The Chinese Massive Landmass or Continental China) is an informal (disputed — see talk page) geographical term which is usually synonymous with the area...


The island is crescent in shape with its concave side facing northeast. Its name "Ping Chau" means "flat island" in Chinese, suggesting that the island is flat. Highest point in the island south is 45 metres and north 37 metres. The inner shore of the crescent hugs the Ping Chau Hoi with a few beaches. On the contrary, the outer is fairly rocky. This is the results of inclined siltstones, and wave action being higher along the west coast while the east is relatively sheltered.


Geology

Tung Ping Chau is unique in the fact that it is the only sizeable island in Hong Kong made up of sedimentary rock. Hong Kong is mostly formed of igneous rocks, after a series of major volcanoes erupted during the Jurassic Period. Following the volcanic activity, a basin formed in the northeast, with deposition in a brackish lake - producing the siltstones and chert of Tung Ping Chau, which have been dated from the early Tertiary. Volcanic rock on North America Plutonic rock on North America Igneous rocks are formed when molten rock (magma) cools and solidifies, with or without crystallization, either below the surface as intrusive (plutonic) rocks or on the surface as extrusive (volcanic) rocks. ... This article is about volcanoes in geology. ... The Jurassic period is a major unit of the geologic timescale that extends from about 195 million years BP at the end of the Triassic to 135 million years BP at the beginning of the Cretaceous. ... Tertiary period was previously one of the major divisions of the geologic timescale, from the end of the Cretaceous period about 65 million years ago to the start of the Quaternary period about 1. ...


Tourism

The island has a temple dedicated to Tin Hau. There are many ancient buildings dating to 1,000 years ago that can also be found there. Clothed statues of Matsu Matsu (Chinese: 媽祖;; Hanyu Pinyin: ; Wade-Giles: Ma-tsu; literally Mother-Ancestor; POJ: Má-chó·), mortal name Lin Moniang (林默娘), is the Taoist goddess of the Sea who protects fishermen and sailors. ...


On one side of the island there are steep cliffs, below which is an amazing wave-cut platform, with jagged rocks, set at a 30-degree angle, like a staircase. Here there are many rock pools containing all manner of marine life, such as sea urchins and crabs. Subclasses Euechinoidea Superorder Atelostomata Order Cassiduloida Order Spatangoida (heart urchins) Superorder Diadematacea Order Diadematoida Order Echinothurioida Order Pedinoida Superorder Echinacea Order Arbacioida Order Echinoida Order Phymosomatoida Order Salenioida Order Temnopleuroida Superorder Gnathostomata Order Clypeasteroida (sand dollars) Order Holectypoida Perischoechinoidea Order Cidaroida (pencil urchins) Sea urchins are spiny sea creatures of...


On the island's coastline at the pier side, there are over 60 different species of coral, and 35 species of algae, considered as the most beautiful in Hong Kong [citation needed]. In fact, some say that Ping Chau has the only diveable sites in Hong Kong. Subclasses Alcyonaria Zoantharia See text for orders. ... A seaweed (Laurencia) up close: the branches are multicellular and only about 1 mm thick. ... Scuba divers. ...


For most, the island is reachable by ferry from Ma Liu Shui ferry pier, near the Chinese University of Hong Kong The Pride of Rotterdam, One of the P&O Ferriess Flagships operating the Hull-Rotterdam Route A ferry is a boat or a ship carrying passengers, and sometimes their vehicles, on scheduled services. ... Ma Liu Shui (Chinese: 馬料水; pinyin: Mǎ Liào Shuǐ) is an area in Sha Tin District of the New Territories in Hong Kong S.A.R., China. ... CUHK Science Building, commonly known as Fan Bo, or the rice cooker Chinese University of Hong Kong (commonly called CU or CUHK by locals, is not to be confused with CityU; Traditional Chinese: 香港中文大學; Cantonese: IPA: [hœŋ55 kɔŋ35 tsʊŋ55 mɐn11 tɑɪ22 hɔk22], Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2...


See also

The territory of Hong Kong consists of a mainland area and 236 islands. ... Pat Sin Leng Country Park (established August 18, 1978), Plover Cove Country Park (established April 7, 1978) and Plover Cove Extension Country Park (established June 1, 1979) are country parks of Hong Kong, // Location Hills, water, trees and flowers - all the elements of the ideal Chinese landscape are to be...

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Major islands in Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong
Major islands (by size): Lantau | Hong Kong Island | Lamma | Chek Lap Kok | Tsing Yi | Kau Sai Chau | Po Toi (Po Toi, Waglan) | Cheung Chau | Tung Lung Chau | Kat O | Wong Wan Chau | Hei Ling Chau | Tap Mun Chau | Ap Lei Chau | Soko Islands (Tai A Chau, Siu A Chau) | Ping Chau | Peng Chau | Ma Wan | Ninepin Group | The Brothers | Green Island | Kowloon Rock
Former islands: Kellett Island | Stonecutters Island | Hoi Sham Island | Channel Rock | Tsing Chau | Mong Chau | Chau Tsai | Nga Ying Chau | Lam Chau | Rumsey Rock 

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I have been camping at Tung Ping Chau like 30 years ago, I forgot what day of the week that was, I am no longer living in Hong Kong.
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