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HKFP Lens: The fading Lantau village plagued by development on its doorstep

Sha Lo Wan (沙螺灣) is a semi-abandoned village in the northwest of Lantau Island, facing the airport. In the early 1970s, its population stood at around 4,000. However, by the 90s, most families had left, mostly due to its inconvenient location.

Today, Sha Lo Wan is home to fewer than a dozen elderly residents.

Plagued by noise and pollution from aircraft and the construction of the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge, the remaining residents are currently fighting the government for compensation.

Sha La Wan can be accessed by ferry, several times a day. Or there is a hiking path from Tung Chung which can be completed in under two hours.

HKFP Writer

Tom Grundy

Tom is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications & New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. His writing and photography have been featured in Quartz, Global Post, Huffington Post, Time Out, Vocativ, New Internationalist, Ming Pao and others. He has also contributed to BBC World TV, BBC Radio, Democracy Now, CTV, Russia Today, RTHK Radio, Sky News and Channel News Asia.

HKFP Lens: The fading Lantau village plagued by development on its doorstep