Ma Wan Channel(馬灣海峽), Ma Wan
License license
Loading ...

Panoramic photo by wongchichuen EXPERT Taken 09:03, 11/12/2011 - Views loading...


Ma Wan Channel(馬灣海峽), Ma Wan

The World > Asia > China > Hong Kong

  • Like / unlike
  • thumbs up
  • thumbs down

Ma Wan Channel is a channel between Ma Wan and Tsing Yi Island in Hong Kong. The north end of the channel is Ting Kau where it joins the Rambler Channel. To the west it joins with the Kap Shui Mun channel running to the south of Ma Wan, leading into Urmston Road. To the east it divides into the Tsing Yi Channel and the Rambler Channel, leading to Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung. To the south is the Western Working Anchorage of Victoria Harbour.


comments powered by Disqus

Nearby images in Hong Kong


A: Ma Wan Channel(馬灣海峽), Ma Wan

by wongchichuen, 150 meters away

Ma Wan Channel is a channel between Ma Wan and Tsing Yi Island in Hong Kong. The north end of the cha...

Ma Wan Channel(馬灣海峽), Ma Wan

B: Mawan

by Sihong Tong, 390 meters away

This is Park Island Plaza which locates on Mawan Island in Hong Kong. There are many high rise reside...


C: Ma Wan Village Street 馬灣大街舊村

by njohn, 1.2 km away


Ma Wan Village Street 馬灣大街舊村

D: Ma Wan Typhoon Shelter Breakwater 馬灣舊村避風塘防坡堤

by njohn, 1.2 km away

馬灣大街舊村 充滿漁鄉風味位於香港地圖正中央的馬灣,在青馬大橋的西北面。馬灣內的有一條馬灣大街村,具濃厚的漁鄉風味。村內的村屋大多兩至三層高,近岸更有棚屋,村民均十分純樸,生活簡單寫意。現在大部分村民已...

Ma Wan Typhoon Shelter Breakwater 馬灣舊村避風塘防坡堤

E: Ma Wan Square outside Tin Hau Temple 馬灣天后廟廣場

by njohn, 1.2 km away


Ma Wan Square outside Tin Hau Temple 馬灣天后廟廣場


by njohn, 1.3 km away

馬灣大街舊村 戀戀昔日漁村情 沿淺石灘綑邊行或原路離開,回到原來的大路繼續走,不久抵達馬灣大街舊村。這裏原是一條淳樸的漁村,現時大部分居民已搬遷至新的大街村。整條村差不多已人去樓空,只留下殘垣斷壁;但仔...


G: Sunset - Ma Wan Old Village 馬灣舊漁村碼頭日落-汲水門大橋日落

by njohn, 1.3 km away


Sunset - Ma Wan Old Village 馬灣舊漁村碼頭日落-汲水門大橋日落

H: Tsing Ma Bridge Viewing Platform(青馬大橋觀景台),Tsing Yi Island

by wongchichuen, 1.6 km away

The Tsing Ma Bridge is the world's seventh-longest span suspension bridge, and was the second longest...

Tsing Ma Bridge Viewing Platform(青馬大橋觀景台),Tsing Yi Island

I: Hong Kong Lantau Link Visitor Centre

by David Haberthür, 1.6 km away

Hong Kong Lantau Link Visitor Centre

J: Lantau Link Two Bridge(青嶼雙橋---左青馬右汀九), Tsing Yi, NT, HK

by wongchichuen, 1.6 km away

The Lantau Link is 3.5 km long and carries a railway as well as roads. Lantau Link is the only land p...

Lantau Link Two Bridge(青嶼雙橋---左青馬右汀九), Tsing Yi, NT, HK

This panorama was taken in Hong Kong

This is an overview of Hong Kong

Overview and History

Hong Kong sits on the south coast of China, on the Pearl River Delta. It's got a population of more than seven million people and is one of the most densely populated places on earth. It also appears to be putting into place the template for population management, which cities around the world will be implementing as soon as they can afford it. More on that later.

Archaeological evidence dates human activity beneath present-day Hong Kong back to the stone age. The area was first settled by people from the mainland during the Han dynasty, around the beginning of the common era (the P.C. term for when B.C. changed to A.D. Whoa!)

For hundreds of years, Hong Kong was a small fishing community and haven for travelers, with a few pirates here and there. Then whitey showed up.

Western influence reached China at the beginning of the 15th century, when all those great explorers in boats were cruising for loot in strange and mysterious places. Tea and silk were the commodities connecting eastern Europe to China, and Hong Kong was known as a safe harbor through which to pass. When you're carrying the Queen's tea, it's especially important to avoid ARRRRRRguments with pirates. Hyuk hyuk hyuk.

Seriously folks -- in the eighteenth century Britain was doing a booming business with China, offering Indian opium to balance their extensive purchases of fine porcelains and everything else. The opium was ordained to be for medicinal purposes only, of course.

Well, as you may imagine, the Chinese got sick of opium fiends junking up the place, so they attempted to stop the British suppliers, to no avail. The Opium Wars resulted and ended with China ceding Hong Kong to the British, in fear of their massive naval power. This took place in the year 1841.

Colonization soon followed, Hong Kong shot up in value as an international port, and its population increased dramatically. In 1898 Britain acquired additional territories on a 99 year lease -- expiring in 1997. Does that year sound familiar? Read on.

In the 20th century Hong Kong changed hands several times. The British surrendered it to Japan during World War Two, then took it back after Japan's defeat, then gave it to China later. Immediately following the war, Hong Kong served as a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of Chinese refugees, while the Chinese National Government was losing its civil war against communist leadership.

The population of Hong Kong exploded as corporations seeking to escape Chinese isolationism arrived and set up shop. Cheap labor in the textile and manufacturing industries steadily built up the economy and ensured foreign investment. By the end of the 20th century Hong Kong had become a financial mammoth offering banking services to the world.

In 1997 Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule with a few stipulations in place to guarantee its economic autonomy, as much as possible. The phrase "one country, two systems" was coined by the Chinese to describe the relationship between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Getting There

Well, where do you want to get to from the Hong Kong International Airport? There are ferries servicing six mainland ports in the Pearl River Delta Region. Airport Express Railway connects directly to downtown Hong Kong, and it has been rated the best airport in the world multiple times.

The Airport Express Railway will get you into Hong Kong in about an hour, for $100. Public buses cost $10 and take a little longer. For direct service to your hotel you can take one of the hotel's private buses ($120+) or a taxi ($300+). As you can see, waiting time is optional for those who can afford it.

Here's a little blurb on travel times, with further information for access to nearby cities (cross-boundary transport).


Grab an Octopus card when you arrive. Octopus is the world's first electronic ticket-fare card system and the Hong Kong public transportation system is the world leader in people-moving. 90% of Hong Kongers get around on public transportation.

Octopus covers the Airport Rail line, buses, ferries, the rapid-transit MTR network, supermarkets, fast food outlets, phone booths... It's how to get around the cashless economy.

Nevermind the microchip built into it, you'll get used to having one of those on you at all times -- and soon they'll be internal! What do I mean? Many schools in Hong Kong even use the Octopus card to check attendance, because you read the card's data with an external scanner from a distance. This will the global norm soon. What if that chip is installed in your body? It's in the works baby!

The hilly Hong Kong terrain also demands some special modes of transportation. If you've been to Pittsburgh, you may have some idea of how cool it is to ride a cable car up the side of a mountain, overlooking a majestic harbor and city. Multiply that by about ten thousand and you've got Hong Kong: vertical-travel trams, moving sidewalks, and the world's longest outdoor escalator system.

People and Culture

The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) which is pegged to the U.S. dollar. Official languages are Chinese and English.  You're on your own, baby!  Dive into the swarming, throbbing, pulsing, crawling and teeming mix!

Things to do & Recommendations

The Peak Tower and its shopping Galleria are the biggest tourist attraction in Hong Kong so don't miss it.

Cool off in the Kowloon Park public indoor swimming pool!

After that, go see what's happening at the Hong Kong Fringe Club, a non-profit organisation which puts together exhibitions for international artists and performers.

Organize sports fans flock to the Hong Kong Stadium, but there's good news for disorganized sportistas too -- Mountain biking is now legal in the parks! Have at it, baby!

All this excitement is going to make you hungry. Springtime is traditionally the time to celebrate seafood, summer is for fruits, and winter steams with hot pot soups to keep you warm.

The best thing to do is go and find some dim sum. Dozens of plates of tasty small items, sort of like sushi but it's cooked, and the varieties are endless.

Since you won't be able to walk down the street without complete and total sensory overload, I'll just whap in the Hong Kong tourist board's guide to dining and leave you to your intuition.

Good luck, take it slow and above all -- DON'T SPIT OUT YOUR CHEWING GUM ON THE SIDEWALK. Gum is legal but there's a $500 fine for intentional littering. Enjoy!

Text by Steve Smith.

Share this panorama