For my first report of 2018, I choose to introduce a special place, full of authenticity, quietly facing the sea, and being at the same time eaten little by little by the jungle: Luk Chau Tsuen (鹿洲村). As intriguing as it may be, this fishing village located in a remote area on Lamma Island is known for having a luxurious blue house near the sea, praised for its exquisite sense of taste. Yet, most ordinary fishermen houses are now abandoned. Many houses are covered in plants and damaged by the elements.
In the main street, the houses look more normal but the process of decay turns them into very interesting spaces, where one can look at the former ordinary life frame, but also at the state of abandonedness.
The most intriguing house in the village is this tall mansion. It was hard to find anything about the owner but I hope I can interview the remaining inhabitants next time, and find out more about this place.
In another house, abandoned in 2010 (see the calendar left behind) the ancestry altar still had a light on, proving that for some houses, the children still pay a visit once a year in order to clean the place.
Each house had interesting remaining objects like this old fridge of the famous local brand « Fortress » or an oil lamp.
The last inhabitants still carry on their fishing activity but they are just a few.
And to finish, the whole area is now the dedicated territory of a pack of very aggressive stray dogs. This exploration ended quickly after hiking in the direction of a small temple, running away from these animals. Be careful when you go there.
If you like abandoned fishermen villages, you can also read my report on the lost villages on Shengshan Island. If you like abandoned villages, you can read my report about a dying industrial village in Shanxi province. If you like other lost places in the Hong Kong jungle, you can read my report about an abandoned police station.
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