Understanding Cultural Landscapes – Fishpond landscape in Hong Kong Tai Sang Wai (大生圍) & Ma Tso Lung (馬草壟) Guided Tour
About the Site Visit
There are more than 1,000 hectares of fishponds in Deep Bay area. Most of the fishponds are managed by local fishermen using traditional methods of raising freshwater fish. It is the most extensive cultural landscape existing in Hong Kong that is still undergoing organic evolution. In addition to providing fresh fish products for local market, it is also an important foraging and breeding habitats for local biodiversity, particularly for birds.
This tour will visit the Tai Sang Wai fishponds which were originally Gei-wais (基圍) in the 1950s and turned into fishponds during 1970s. The tour will also visit Ma Tso Lung, the northeasternmost fishponds in Deep Bay area. Ma Tso Lung is adjacent to Shenzhen River. It used to be a frontier closed area and has been opened up since 2013. The opening up has brought about significant environmental changes. In addition to the new development plan of the Lau Ma Chau Loop and surrounding areas, the fishpond landscape of Ma Tso Lung is suffering from various alternations and damages.
This guided tour includes the history, culture and ecology of freshwater fish farming, and also the threats and landscape changes in the Deep Bay, etc. It is led by Katie Chick, a local expert on agricultural cultural landscapes, and Martin Wong, a tour guide from the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society which is operating conservation management works in the Deep Bay area. Fishermen from Tai Sang Wai is also being invited to share their story and demonstrate the operation of fishponds.
|Itinerary||Location / Venue||Content|
|0930– 1030||Kowloon Tong MTR Station Exit D / Kowloon Tong Public Transport Interchange||– Assembly of participants (Please arrive 15 mins prior to the event starts for registration)
– Heading towards Tai Sang Wai by coach
|1030 – 1200||Tai Sang Wai||– Briefing on tour routes and miscellaneous matters
– Tai Sang Wai fishmen sharing and demonstration
– Understanding the history and culture of freshwater fish farming
– Fishpond visit and bird watching
|1200 – 1230||Heading towards Ma Tso Lung by coach|
|1230 – 1330||Ma Tso Lung||– Passing by Maijing Pottery Bunker
– Observing topographic changes and urban development from a height
|1330 – 1430||Returning to Kowloon Tong MTR Station||
About the Speakers
Katie is currently the Assistant Director of the Centre for Civil Society and Governance at the University of Hong Kong. She is an academically trained conservation professional of natural and cultural resources. She has been responsible for various cultural landscape projects in Hong Kong, including Long Valley, Lai Chi Wo, Mui Tsz Lam and Kop Tong, among which the Lai Chi Wo project was awarded the “UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage – Conservation Award for Special Contribution to Sustainable Development” in 2020.
Martin is a tour guide from Hong Kong Bird Watching Society. He has many years of experience in guiding ecological and cultural tours. He graduated in Anthropology in the late 80s. And since 2011, Martin has devoted himself for learning local ecology and started to participate in guiding historical, cultural, ecological tours, hoping to discover more interesting things of Hong Kong and share with others.