Cultural Tours in Shau Kei Wan
Shau Kei Wan, a district located in the eastern part of the Hong Kong Island, has a long history of community development. The earliest occupants are believed to be the Hakka people who involved in stone quarrying. When Hong Kong was ceded to the British, Shau Kei Wan had developed into a big village. Because of its geographical features, it is a good typhoon shelter and a strategic site for military defence. Due to rapid urbanization in the past decades, these special features of Shau Kei Wan have become our memory and history. The cultural tours will lead you to review these historical changes by walking through both the old parts and the newly built areas of Shau Kei Wan.
The tours are arranged with specific themes:
Route 1: Military and Religion
- Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence: Along the historical trail inside the Museum, we will appreciate various military relics like battery, guns, ditch, caponier and gunpowder factory. At the hill top, we will review the historical military constructions at both sides of Lei Yue Mun Channel, in association with the military history of Hong Kong.
- Local Religion: Along the Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, there are 3 local temples (Shing Wong Temple, Tin Hau Temple and Tam Kung Temple) and a protestant church. The existence of the religious structures reflects the fact that Shau Kei Wan has a long history of community development. The government might have taken an advantage of the proximity of this community to build the military forts there.
Route 2: Fishermen and Community History
- Old Town Area: From Po Man Street, Kam Wah Street, Factory Street and Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, we will review the characteristics of the old town area and the changes of the coastline of Shau Kei Wan.
- Local Religion: Along the Shau Kei Wan Main Street East, there are 3 local temples (Shing Wong Temple, Tin Hau Temple and Tam Kung Temple) and a protestant church. The existence of the religious structures tells that Shau Kei Wan has a long history of community development.
- The Promenade: Along the Tam Kung Temple Road, there are structures relating to the history of fisheries in Shau Kei Wan: the Wholesale Fish Market, shipyards, former Fishermen’s Children School and Tam Kung Temple.
- Shau Kei Wan Typhoon Shelter: It is the best place to review the changes of coastline of Shau Kei Wan and to understand how the changes affect the livelihood of the fishermen.
|1 – 30 July 2017 (Saturdays and Sundays)
|10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (2 hours)
|Shau Kei Wan
|Cantonese or English
|Quota for each group
|Free of charge
|Details and online registration
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|Adverse weather arrangements
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Remarks: Programme details are subject to change without prior notice. Please refer to the website for the latest announcement. The organizer reserves the right to modify/cancel any programme.