Looming in the Background: 5 Abandoned Places in Hong Kong

Picture this: bustling streets, gleaming skyscrapers, and a kaleidoscope of neon lights. Hong Kong is as modern as they come, known for its fast-paced lifestyle. But don’t let its outward vibrancy fool you. There’s always a tale or two of failed endeavors and hollow ambition hidden behind a shiny exterior. So I thought it’d be cool to take a look at some of the most intriguing abandoned places in Hong Kong.

At least, abandoned as of this writing. Progress is a ruthless machine, after all. If you’re reading this after the summer of 2023, don’t be surprised if these places get replaced with something new.


Where To Stay in Hong Kong

For all you spooky go-getters out there, I’d recommend The Langham Hong Kong. On top of being an excellent hotel all around, some guests have reported eerie tapping noises next to their ear or feeling a presence nearby. I mean, sure, it’s probably due to an electromagnetic field common to haunted houses… but a girl can dream.


Must-See Abandoned Places in Hong Kong

1. Tat Tak School

This hollowed-out shell of a school might seem like the perfect set for a horror flick, and frankly, it probably is. Tat Tak School is bursting at its rusty hinges with some rather gruesome stories of past massacres and a suicide by hanging. Probably the creepiest story to come out is when a group of students went to explore the school and one of the girls tried to strangle herself. Here’s hoping that’s just an exaggeration.

All that being said, the graffiti-covered walls and overgrown foliage give this place a rather charming post-apocalyptic vibe. I’d suggest heading there yourself for the sheer ghost hunt thrill, but the joint’s locked up and security runs a tight ship. And I would by no means suggest anyone go there with a pair of bolt cutters to look for a ghost. No siree.

2. Peng Chau Theatre

Nestled on the tranquil Peng Chau Island, this theater has witnessed some dramatic performances in its day, leaving behind an air of mystery and nostalgia. It was only open for around a decade in the 80s before having to close due to lack of demand, so its 499 seats have sadly gone to waste. Its weathered exterior hasn’t escaped the relentless march of time, either, but that’s what adds to its rustic charm, right?

Step inside, and you’ll find yourself transported to a bygone era, complete with vintage décor and maybe even a resident ghost or two. Eh… assuming visitors are still allowed inside.

3. Nam Sang Wai, a Tranquil Wetland

Unlike the first two on this list, Nam Sang Wai has a very peaceful atmosphere. It used to be a tranquil mangrove, but now it’s just a regular ol’ wetland. It’s currently under conservation, but undergoing a tug of war with a development company that wants to build houses and a golf course. It’s like all the Hallmark channel movies come to life. In Hong Kong.

So, what makes this place “abandoned?” Once upon a time, it was the home of a group of indigenous people, but they were elbowed out by the developers. Even though this is a regularly visited tourist spot, you can still see some of their abandoned farmhouses here and there.

4. Ma Wan Ghost Town

Once a thriving fishing village, Ma Wan is now a genuine-article ghost town… mostly. There are still a few struggling signs of life, but most of the residents jumped ship ages ago when a bridge connected the island to the mainland. Even more left a few years later once a billionaire bought up an area to the north to build a luxury high-rise complex. Turns out, it was a scheme all along to get people to leave so he could erect an amusement park in Ma Wan’s place. Looooot of bribin’ went on behind closed doors. And he would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those pesky police!

Unfortunately, Ma Wan never recovered, and nature is slowly taking over the island. It could be worse, I guess? More greenery means less carbon emissions. I dunno, I’m just trying to look on the bright side. At least it’s a cool place to get your spook on.

5. Lei Yue Mun Stone Quarry

The Lei Yue Mun stone quarry, located on the eastern shores of Hong Kong, has a pretty interesting history. Once a bustling hub of activity, people stopped using it after the government banned explosives in the 60s, including in quarries. Nowadays, it’s more like an outcropping of rocks into the ocean for hikers and nature enthusiasts. Those of us who owned a pet rock as a kid will understand, I’m sure.

That being said, there are some stunning views of the surrounding hills and coastline. It’s like Mother Nature’s very own art gallery, showcasing her finest rock sculptures contrasted against the line of high-rise complexes across the water. I wish I had some pictures of the buildings overgrown with flowers and trees, but you take what you get, I guess.

I Hope I’m Not the Only One Who Digs Abandoned Stuff…

… But even if I am, there’s plenty more to talk about. Be sure to check out some of my other posts. I have lots more to say about Hong Kong, Taiwan, and countries all around the world!

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