We found a super unique family outing to enjoy over the holiday break! Visit one of the oldest Hakka Villages in Hong Kong (over 400 years old), walk around a self-sufficient farming community, and enjoy a family day out in nature and far from the Hong Kong city lights.
In collaboration with landowners, villagers, and farmers, the Hong Kong Countryside Foundation (HKCF) and the Conservancy Association (CA) revitalized the abandoned farmland or Lai Chi Wo and has recently started re-introducing nature-friendly farming to the land in 2013. In addition, the landscape has been recovered, biodiversity increased and an active community was re-established. Now, Lai Chi Wo is one of the oldest, biggest and best-preserved rural settlements in the northeast New Territories of Hong Kong. Near Plover Cover Country Park, it even became a symbol of rural revival in Hong Kong with “Special Recognition on Sustainable Development”, in the 2020 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
Slow Food Hong Kong has put together a unique family-friendly walking tour in the area which includes a visit and walk around the historic village as well as the outdoor eco-farm. Kids can also participate in a farm workshop (to harvest ginger), followed by a traditional lunch of Hakka dishes prepared by a villager. Another highlight is simply the beautiful boat ride to and from Ma Liu Shiu Pier and Lai Chi Wo village.
To register, visit Slow Food Hong Kong’s site at https://slowfood.com.hk/event/lcw-2021/
Tour Run Down:
8:50 am – gather at Ma Liu Shui pier (ten-minute walk from Chinese University MTR station)
9 am-10:30 am – boat tour to Lai Chi Wo along Tolo Channel, Bluff Head and Double Haven, Lai Chi Wo, the HK UNESCO Global Geopark
10:30 – 12:30 – Eco-farm work or DIY workshop
12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch in village/free time
14:00 – 15:30 – Eco-walk at the village, Fung Shui woods, and farmland
15:30 – 17:00 – Depart from Lai Chi Wo by boat
17:00 – arrive at Ma Liu Shui pier