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To this day, Fan Lau Fort stands as a protected historical monument

It is a key feature on the Fan Lau Hiking Trail, which branches off Lantau Hiking Trail. 

This fortification once protected the entryway into the Pearl River Estuary. Military commanders realised that maritime defences were of crucial importance. They were eager to control trade with the West and to protect themselves from the troubles of pirates that attacked the southern China seas. The development of Fan Lau Fort was proposed in 1717, with construction taking place twelve years later. It was one of two such defence posts established on Lantau Island.

At one point, the fort faced the terrible irony of being captured by the very pirates it was meant to repel. 

Text & Photos Victoria Mae Martyn