Understanding Cultural Landscapes – Tour to Cha Kwo Ling Village
About the Site Visit
In recent years, the development of East Kowloon has been in full swing, transforming the old industrial area into a new commercial center of Hong Kong. Since the second half of the last century, Cha Kwo Ling, which was originally hidden in the area, has been drawn into the discussion of urban development many times. Until 2020, the government finalized the schedule for the demolition of Cha Kwo Ling village.
Cha Kwo Ling village, which is located on the edge of the city, was the earliest developed area in East Kowloon. In the past, it was famous for its quarry industry and was the center of development in East Kowloon at that time. After the war, the government began to reclaim the sea in the area. In addition to the booming quarry industry, a large oil depot was built next to Cha Kwo Ling. The settlement was consisted of metal sheds and stone houses. Among them, the “Luo’s House” is a Grade 3 historic building, which is being built with granite from the local quarry. The population of Cha Kwo Ling. became more and more prosperous, but with the closure of the last quarry in the early 1990s, the prosperity of the village ceased.
Before the village is demolished and redeveloped, the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe) will lead members of the public to Cha Kwo Ling to learn about this urban village which is about to disappear. Let us experience the uniqueness of Cha Kwo Ling and reflect on the importance of cultural conservation in the community.
About the Speaker
Kwok Hoi Ching
Ms. Kwok Hoi Ching, a Senior Project Officer of the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe), has been a member of the curatorial team of ” Tour to Cha Kwo Ling” and Cha Kwo Ling Tour Docent, assisting in organizing several Cha Kwo Ling conservation programmes for facilitating better understanding and encouraging discussions on the demolition, conservation and redevelopment. She also participated in the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Hong Kong 2019, and recently assisted in the editing of “The record of Sourcing Water – Historical Witness of Hong Kong’s Water Resources”.