Japanese Tunnel, Ling Kok Shan, #1 [????- ] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Japanese Tunnel, Ling Kok Shan, #1 [????- ]

This is the first tunnel we found on Lamma. A lot of earth has washed into this tunnel, something we also noted on the other Lamma tunnels. The vegetation is quite sparse on the hillsides, much less than on HK island, and perhaps that's one reason for all the debris getting washed into the tunnels.

To get there, follow the concrete trail that leads up from near the Tin Hau temple at Sok Kwu Wan going towards Shek Pai Wan. When you reach the pass at the top, there is a small concrete shelter on your left. Follow the concrete path on the right of the shelter, that heads up the ridge to the top of Ling Kok Shan.

A little way up the hill you'll see this group of boulders. (The government must be worried they will all come rolling down the hill, so has given them these little concrete pedestals to hold them in place!) The entrance to the first tunnel is behind the bush in the middle of the photo.


Ling Kok Shan #1

As you can see, the entrance is low, as mud has washed in.

Ling Kok Shan #1
Ling Kok Shan #1

The tunnel is a good length. It curves around and under the ridge, and along the centre section it is high enough to stand up in. The marks left by the tools used to dig the tunnels are still clear to see.

Ling Kok Shan #1

As we reached the end, the tunnel floor rose again, meaning we had to crouch down, and eventually lie down and wriggle along to get out. We could feel a strong breeze though, so we knew it wouldn't be a dead-end.

Here's the view of the other entrance, over on the other side of the ridge.

Ling Kok Shan #1


Good find MrB. One of the fella's on the Lamma website mentioned that he has been in about 20 japanese tunnels. I don't know if he was meaning just on Lamma but I feel as though my self-anointed title of "King Tunnel Rat" maybe under threat. I'll have to get myself over there for a poke around.

Another good place for a look would be on the Po Toi islands, I've got a hunch that their may be some stuff over there too. I've only been there twice and that was for a feed.

The other tunnel I kmow of on Lamma is at 22.12'50.64N, 114.7'40,20. Near the YMCA camp. It is 3 tunnels that connect under the top of a small hill.

Someone showed me another Japanese tunnel in the village of Tung O, behind some abandoned old village buildings.

Here are the tunnels we've noted on Lamma Island:


If the Tung O tunnel isn't shown, please could you create a place for it (https://gwulo.com/node/add/place) and give it the tag japanese tunnel then it will be added to the map.

Regards, David

Mission accomplished :-)