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Serene and picturesque marine park - Double Haven (Yan Chau Tong)

Background Information

Background Information


Double Haven (Yan Chau Tong) rests on the northeastern shore of Plover Cove Country Park. The Chinese name Yan Chau Tong is probably inspired by an interesting looking islet which takes the shape of a stone seal. To conserve the wildlife and natural features of this lovely area, Double Haven was designated a marine park in 1996.

Double Haven is a idyllic arcadia embraced by uplands. It owes its celestial tranquil setting to the surrounding hills. Well shielded on four sides from the open sea, it is relatively unaffected by the southeast summer monsoon and northwest winter monsoon. The air is a little dryer than other parts of Hong Kong and there is seldom heavy rain. Although a whole network of small streams flow into Double Haven, they never cause any widespread flooding. Bestowed with such supreme qualities, it is no surprise that Double Haven astonishes every first-time visitor with her stunning beauty. That unique serene mood is simply unimaginable in bustling Hong Kong.


Geological Information

Geological Information


The present landscape of Double Haven originates from a series of volcanic eruptions in the Middle Jurassic 180 million years ago. Devastating explosions destroyed the original sedimentary rock which comprised mainly sandstone and siltstone. Great clouds of volcanic ash mixed with lava settled on the ground and formed a volcanic rock stratum about 2,000 metres thick ¾ the coarse ash crystal tuff that extends from the area north of Sam A Wan to Lai Chi Wo and Sha Tau Kok today ¾ and Double Island, Crescent Island and Crooked Island. As eruptions and volcanic activities gradually stopped, this region underwent about 20 million years of erosion and weathering when rivers washed sand and gravels down the surrounding mountain ranges to settle in the downstream coastal flats. They formed the conglomerate, sandstone, siltstone and shale of Double Haven, Pat Sin Leng and Port Island (Chek Chau). The sedimentary rocks in these parts are about 500 metres thick.


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How to get there

A ferry service runs between Ma Liu Shui and Lai Chi Wo which sails across the tranquil Double Haven on Sunday and Public Holidays. Visitors can travel by MTR East Rail and get off at the University Station, then leave station at Exit B and walk for about 15 minutes to Ma Liu Shui Landing No.3 for the ferry service. The normal boat traveling time is about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Depart from Ma Liu Shui: 09:00am. (Sunday and Public Holidays)
Depart from Lai Chi Wo: 15:30pm (Sunday and Public Holidays)
Fare: $50 single ticket; $80 return ticket (subject to operator’s announcement)
Enquiries: 2555 9269 (Best Sonic Industrial Limited)

Hiking route runs from Wu Kau Tang to Luk Keng via Lai Chi Wo can overlook the spectacular landscape of the Double Haven.

To get to Wu Kau Tang, take green minibus no. 20R departing at Tai Po Market MTR station (enquiries : 2873 6808),or green minibus no. 56K that runs between Fanling MTR station and Luk Keng (enquiries : 2673 3626)

You may also consider to join a local tour.




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