Old and New Green Island Lighthouses 新舊青洲燈塔
Old and New Green Island Lighthouse Compound (Photo by 小驢的家)

Situated on Green Island, a short distance off the west coast of Hong Kong Island, the Green Island Lighthouse Compound comprises two lighthouses, a former European quarters and a former keeper’s house. Both Green Island Lighthouses have served thousands of vessels approaching Hong Kong from the west for many decades and have thus played an important role in Hong Kong’s maritime history.

Green Island Lighthouse started operation on July 1, 1875, about 3 months after Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse was established. The old lighthouse is a 12-meter tall small circular tower constructed of granite with projected rock-faced quoins distinguishing its doorway. Two cross-shaped openings in its wall provide ventilation and indoor illumination, resembling those found in medieval European castles.

Old Green Island Lighthouse built in 1875 建於一八七五年的舊青洲燈塔
Old Green Island Lighthouse built in 1875 (Photo by LCSD of HKSAR)

In 1901, the government planned to move the lantern of Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse to Green Island. To accommodate the light apparatus, the construction of a higher and larger tower adjacent to the old one was completed in 1905. Made of concrete and granite, the new circular tower stood about 17.5 meters high and had a steel lantern on its top. The new lighthouse is painted white to increase its visibility to mariners and provide thermal insulation to the structure itself. The new lighthouse, previously operated local staff, was fully automated in the 1970s.

New Green Island Lighthouse built in 1905 新青洲燈塔建于1905年
New Green Island Lighthouse built in 1905 (Photo by LCSD of HKSAR)

The Green Island Lighthouse Compound was declared a monument on Nov 7, 2008. The former staff quarters and the former keeper’s house together with the surrounding area (except the two lighthouses) have been used as a drug treatment and rehabilitation center for youth since 2001.

How to Get There:

There is no public transportation to get there other than renting a boat.

Chinese Translation:

Green Island Lighthouses Compound: 青洲燈塔建築群
Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse: 鶴咀燈塔

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