Ngong Ping Tea Gardens Cafe, Lantau, Hong Kong, August 2018

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HughieD

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1. The History
Can’t find too much on this place but this former café lies on the Ngong Ping fun walk on Lantau island, just a stone’s throw away from the Po Lin Monastery and the even more famous Tian Tan buddha. It was linked with the tea plantation established by Brook Bernacchi, a British lawyer, who relocated to Hong Kong in 1945. More about him and the tea plantation in the next report. The Tea Garden and restaurant appears to have survived until around 2014 before being promptly abandoned.

2. The Explore
Relaxed and easy explore on a very humid August day. Was on a visit to Lantau via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. Was a bit up-against-the-clock and would have like to have spent more time at this charming rural location.

3. The Pictures

Some nearby out-buildings:

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On to the café…

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This tarpaulin sign was quite amusing:

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Rusty woks:

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…and an even more rusty door:

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On to the main café building:

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Pretty much left undisturbed on the inside:

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The outside seating area and its tea information boards:

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And more rusty woks…

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Not too sure what this is:

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And a rusty paint tin:

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The toilets:

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Again something different. The actual kitchen looks in not bad shape complete with a Buddha, it maybe could be turned into a cafe and souveneir shop. The press-type machine I can only figure out that it could be some sort of a vegetable press. There's a turn wheel at the top. And again those beautiful shaped window frames crop up.
 

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Again something different. The actual kitchen looks in not bad shape complete with a Buddha, it maybe could be turned into a cafe and souveneir shop. The press-type machine I can only figure out that it could be some sort of a vegetable press. There's a turn wheel at the top. And again those beautiful shaped window frames crop up.

Cheers Hugh! Think you are probably on the money with vegetable press. Let's hope this place does get reopened in some guise or another.
 

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Excellent as always

Amused by the sign that was genuinely concerned about your safety walking over the dead tree trunks :D
 

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Excellent as always

Amused by the sign that was genuinely concerned about your safety walking over the dead tree trunks :D

Cheers mate. At the time didn't actually read the sign and only read it off the photo after the fact. Made me chuckle. Biggest hazard here is probably snakes!
 

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Missed this one.

What a curious place to find. I've spent ages going over the photos and it's fascinating. Must be quite humid there because some stuff isn't that old but is rusty. Then again snakes so yeah humid!
Interesting stuff that. Thanks for sharing.
 
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