Heritage Survival – Opportunities and Threats of Heritage Tourism to Historic Landscapes – Event Series – Field Trip: Searching for Hakka Culture in Sha Tau Kok and Heritage in Former Frontier Closed Area 尋訪沙頭角客家文化與前邊境禁區遺跡

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10:30 am

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Fanling MTR Station

Heritage Survival – Opportunities and Threats of Heritage Tourism to Historic Landscapes

Event Series – Field Trip:



Event: Searching for Hakka Culture in Sha Tau Kok and Heritage in Former Frontier Closed Area
Date: 8 June 2024  (Saturday)
Time: 10:30 -13:30 (Please arrive 10mins prior to the meeting time) 
Speakers: Dr. Yuen Chi 阮志博士
Venue: Shan Tsui (山咀), Robin Nest’s Country Park (紅花嶺郊野公園) and Tam Shui Hang (担水坑) of Sha Tau Kok
Assembly / Dismissal Point: Assembly Point: Concourse of Fanling MTR Station (Near Exit A)

Dismissal Point: Tam Shui Hang

CPD Points: 2.5 CPD credit hours
Language: Cantonese supplemented by English
Fee: HK$200 for HKICON Student Members

HK$260 for HKICON Members

HK$325for HKICON Friends

HK$375 for Non-Members

 (Limited to 20 Participants; 20% discount for Symposium registration for successful registration of any Field Trips of the Heritage Survival event series.)


*The event will be opened for non-member registration from 27 May 2024.

Please visit the HKICON website for more details:  https://www.hkicon.org/heritage-survival




About the Site Visit 



Located in Hong Kong’s northeastern New Territories, Sha Tau Kok has been a significant settlement of Hakka people for more than 200 years. Despite its rich cultural and historical resources, many people have never visited this mysterious place. The government began opening the area in phases starting from 2012, with further openings in June 2022 and January 2024 for various reasons including tourism. Our exploration aims to shed light on the overlooked Hakka culture and military heritage in the region.


The field trip begins with a tour of traditional Hakka residences in Shan Tsui, followed by a visit to the northeastern tip of the former Frontier Closed Area. Here, historic fences mark border between the Mainland China and Hong Kong.   The tour also includes a stop at Japanese Battery Hill within the Robin’s Nest Country Park. The trip concludes in Tam Shui Hang, another Hakka village where ancestral halls and historic residences of various clans sit alongside each other. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with locals and gain their perspectives on tourism in the neighbourhood.

(Note: The Sha Tau Kok town which requires a Closed Area Permit will not be included in this tour.)









About the Speaker



Dr. Yuen Chi

Dr. Yuen Chi is a historian specializes in research areas including Hong Kong history, cultural heritage and lineages in the New Territories, Hakka village culture, Hong Kong popular religion, and history of tourism. He has authored various publications, including “A Cultural History of Hong Kong Tourism”, “Frontier Closed Area (No Entry without a Permit)”, “East and West: The Missionary History of Catholicism in Hong Kong”, “Journal of Catholic Studies: History of Catholicism in Hong Kong in the 20th Century” , Dr. Yuen also serves as Project Coordinator and Editor-in-Chief of the research project “History of Catholic Mission and Chapels in Sai Kung (1841-2000)” sponsored by the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust, and Honorary Research Associate of the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong.




阮志博士是一位歷史學家,研究領域包括香港歷史、新界文化遺產與宗族、客家村落文化、香港民間宗教以及旅遊史。他出版了多本著作,包括《從荒岩到東方之珠 : 形塑香港的旅遊文化史》、《禁區:夾縫中的沙頭角》、《東西薈萃:香港天主教的傳教歷程》、《先賢之路:西貢天主教傳教史》。阮博士也擔任研究計畫《西貢小堂及歷史研究計劃(衞奕信勳爵文物信託資助項目)》的計畫協調員及總編輯,以及香港中文大學文化與宗教研究系的榮譽研究員。





  1. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of the Chinese book “Cultural Heritage of Cross-border Villages in Hong Kong” (《越界:香港跨境村莊及文化遺產》) authored by Dr. Yuen Chi.
  2. There is approximately 1-hour of flat walking, followed by a 15 mins of incline to the vista point on Shan Tsui. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, a hat, and sun-screen.
  3. HKICON will cover the cost of group taxi journeys for outbound trips, but participants need to be responsible for their own transportation on the return journey (public transport is available at the dismissal point).
  4. Video recording of the field trip will be conducted for discussion purposes at the Symposium of the Heritage Survival series. If participants prefer not to be included in the video, please let us know on the date before the field trip starts.
  5. If the Hong Kong Observatory issues an Amber Rainstorm Warning, or Typhoon Signal No. 3 or above, HKICON will notify registered participants via email regarding cancellation of the event and arrangement for rescheduling or a refund at least 2 hours before the scheduled event time.If the weather deteriorates after the field trip has started, HKICON reserves the right to amend the itinerary.


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Total Seats: 20


  • Fanling MTR Station

Event Schedule Details

  • 08/06/2024
    10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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