in Hong Kong - Outlying Islands
This Lighthouse declared as a monument on 29 December
2000. It commenced operation in 1893, is one of
the five surviving pre-war lighthouses in Hong Kong
i.e. Green Island (two on the island), Waglan Island,
Tang Lung Chau and at Cape D'Aguilar.Hong Kong owes
its prosperity to trade and its harbour was a regular
port of call even before 1841. It was recognized
by the Government and the business community that
provisions should be made for lighting along the
When first opened the lighthouse was equipped with
an up-to-date light, burning mineral oil with rotating
apparatus floating on mercury and was initially
run by the Chinese Maritime Customs from Shanghai.
Following the lease of the New Territories in 1898,
it was transferred to the the Hong Kong Government
who took over on 1 January 1901. During the Second
World War, Waglan Lighthouse was extensively damaged
by bombing. Repairs took place after 1945. It has
been unmanned since August 1989. It acted not only
as a navigation aid, but also an outpost where weather
information on the eastern corner of the territory
is collected and fed to the Hong Kong Observatory.
It is now under the management of Marine Department.