Take a visit to the hidden repurposed village, Sheung Yiu
Although many have crossed the Pak Tam Chung barriers, few have ventured to the nearby Sheung Yiu Village. The Hakka village is located along the borders of Sai Kung East Country Park. It can be reached via a short walk from the Pak Tam Chung barriers.
Getting to Sheung Yui Village
Pass through the gate and walk along Tai Mong Tsai Road for about 300 metres, passing the playground and barbecue area, and take the first turning on the right, across Fuk Hing bridge. Follow the Pak Tam Chung Nature Trail along the riverside. This was once an ancient village path to Sheung Yiu Village.
Along the way, look out for plants such as bamboo groves, sandpaper vines, longan and incense trees, which were cultivated by the villagers.
The first indication you have reached the village is the lime kiln – a stone construction with a hole in the top – on the riverbank, where the villagers turned local shells and coral into building materials. Villagers would then deliver the materials via boats directly to Sai Kung Market to be sold.
Sheung Yiu Village was built in late 19th century by Wong Fat-sing who came from Bao’an County of the Guagdong Province. He decided to build the village in order to accommodate his family and start his lime kiln business in Hong Kong. He built houses, pig pens, a drying terrace and a watchtower to easily spot pirates lurking nearby. The family also had their own farmland in nearby areas such as Pak Tam Chun, San Ya Yiu and Ham Tim.
But thanks to the introduction of cement and other modern bricks, the lime industry had declined and by 1965 the village had been completely abandoned.
Open 10am-5pm, or 6pm in summer; closed Tuesdays. The museum showcases the history of the Sheung Yiu Village and the rural lives of the villagers who once vacated the premises.