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SHA LO TUNG

The Sha Lo Tung area is situated in the northeastern New Territories. It has diverse types of habitats including grasslands, abandoned agricultural paddies, woodlands and freshwater systems. Sha Lo Tung is a unique area for dragonfly species, birds and plants.

Cheung Uk
Cheung Uk village is located in Sha Lo Tung, Tai Po, New Territories is classified as Grade II monument.

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Cheung Uk

There are three villages in Sha Lo Tung, i.e. Cheung Uk, Lei Uk and Lo Wai. Cheung Uk is the largest and most well-preserved village. It has more than 300 years old of history.

Cheung Uk village area is now abandoned, except one house where fierce dogs are barking. Two old people still live there.
Cheung Uk
Cheung Uk
Cheung Uk ancestor hall
The Cheung Uk ancestor hall is still used for worshipping as recent incense sticks can be found inside.
Cheung Uk ancestor hall

The Sha Lo Tung area has, since the late 1970s, been proposed to be turned into a golf course. Since the early 1990's, large-scale residential developments have been proposed at Sha Lo Tung, which would have major and dramatic ecological impacts on the area.

The Sha Lo Tung area is surrounded by, but excluded from, Pat Sin Leng country park. It is a natural breeding ground for dragonflies and damselflies.
Sha Lo Tung
Sha Lo Tung

The Sha Lo Tung area has also been subject to degradation due to the deliberate setting of fires and use by off-road vehicles.

Sha Lo Tung
Other than dragonflies and damselflies, Sha Lo Tung is also a rich site for birds and small animals.
Sha Lo Tung
Sha Lo Tung is famous for its Fung Shui Wood. It includes many different kinds of trees and shrubs.
Sha Lo Tung
Sha Lo Tung
Sha Lo Tung
Sha Lo Tung valley includes place to rest with kiosk and barbecue areas.
Sha Lo Tung
Sha Lo Tung valley around Cheung Uk village is worth visiting with path around the hills and a small fresh waterfall.
Sha Lo Tung
Sha Lo Tung
Cheung Uk
A long-running controversy over plans to turn village land into a golf course resulted in the village being sold to developers.
Cheung Uk
Sha Lo Tung also attracts some war game players who pollute the area.
Cheung Uk
Cheung Uk
Cheung Uk
Cheung Uk village is of old Hakka style and built along the mountains. All the houses are arranged horizontally and joined together.
Cheung Uk
There is still one old villager in Cheung Uk. He is 90 years old. He can be seen on sunny days sitting in front of his house.
Cheung Uk
Cheung Uk

His name is Chan Ching-zhong. Chan moved to the village in 1976 when he officially retired. The war veteran was left alone in the village as people started to move out.

Cheung Uk
In Cheung Uk Village, on Sundays, they offer "farmer style cuisine" now.
Cheung Uk
The best way to rejuvenate Hong Kong old abandoned villages is through eco-tourism and heritage.
Cheung Uk
Cheung Uk


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