Ap Lei Chau          鴨脷洲
Ap Lei Chau gets its name from its long and narrow shape, which looks a bit like the tongue of a duck. “Ap” means duck, “Lei” means
tongue and “Chau” means island.

The earliest inhabitants of Ap Lei Chau and nearby Aberdeen can be traced back to the Southern Song Dynasty (1276 AD). Legend has
it that the followers of Duan Zong took refuge there. At first they lived on farming but gradually shifted to fishing once they
understood what nature had in store for them.

The population of Ap Lei Chau and Aberdeen was not much more than 3-4,000 until the middle of the 20th century. It was only through
the arrival of refugees from China’s civil in the late 1940’ies that the population really grew. Ap Lei Chau became base to a unique
fishing community where most people lived onboard their vessels and shorebased development was centred around the Hung Shing
Temple on Hung Shing Street and the current Ap Lei Chau Main Street.

Ap Lei Chau has now developed into a densely populated community. Indeed, Ap Lei Chau is the world’s most densely populated
island with some 86,782 people sharing its hilly 1.32 km2 (or 65,744 persons per km2). However, though thoroughly modern, Ap Lei
Chau still retains part of its traditional lure through the charms of the busy harbour full of fishing vessels and sampans and the
nearby temples and old shipyards.
The recently renovated Shui Yuet temple near the Ap Lei Chau waterfront promenade
 
Sham Wan Towers, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Residential estates, public and private. Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Shui Yuet Temple
on the Ap Lei Chau waterfront promenade
  Sham Wan Towers
Ap Lei Chau's newest buildings
  Ap Lei Chau
viewed from Ap Lei Chau Bridge Road
Superb launch awaiting a bit of TLC. Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Old dinghies in the tyhoon shlter off the eastern side of Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Traditional fishing boats in the harbour...
Old launch waiting for attention
at one of Ap Lei Chau's shipyards
  Old dinghies in the typhoon shelter
off eastern side of Ap Lei Chau
  Traditional fishing boats in the harbour
A typical 1970ies subsized public housing estate. Ap Lei Chau Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Washing hung out to dry, Ap Lei Chau Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Traditional shipyards below Ap Lei Chau Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Ap Lei Chau Estate
  Washing
  Small shipyards below
Ap Lei Chau Estate
Cha Chaan Teng - or a typical Hong Kong café. Ap Lei Chau Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Market fruit stall. Ap Lei Chau Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Soon to disappear completely from the markets in Hong Kong - a poultry stall seeling live chicken. Ap Lei Chau Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Typical Hong Kong Café
Ap Lei Chau Estate
  Fruit Stall
Ap Lei Chau Estate
  Poultry Stall
Ap Lei Chau Estate
Stall selling preserved seafood at Ap Lei Chau Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Yue On Court, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Pizza Hut delivery scooters parked at Ap Lei Chau Estate, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
Stall selling preserved seafood
Ap Lei Chau Estate
  Yue On Court
Semi-public Housing Estate
  Pizza Hut Vespas
Ap Lei Chau Estate
Boats in the typhhon shelter off eastern side of Ap Lei Chau
 
Sampan ferries operate between Ap Lei Chau and Aberdeen. Though the fare is only HK$1.80, you can pay by your Octopus Card...
 
Hong Kong boats come in all shapes, sizes and colours...
Boats in the typhhon shelter
off eastern side of Ap Lei Chau
  Sampan Ferry
  Boats come is all sizes and colours
Waterborne truck arrives at public pier on Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Waterborne truck and trucker, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong
 
Sampans - the most interesting way to explore Aberdeen Harbour and the typhoon shelter east of Ap Lei Chau
Waterborne trucking
Ap Lei Chau
  Waterborne truck and trucker
Ap Lei Chau
  Sampans
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