Date
23 September 2017
This ancient well was found to have been constructed during the Song to Yuan Dynasties. Photo: MTR
This ancient well was found to have been constructed during the Song to Yuan Dynasties. Photo: MTR

Subway site find could change Hong Kong history

An ancient link to centuries of Hong Kong’s recorded history could come unstuck if the government allows a railway project to overrun it.

Concerned groups want the government to immediately stop work on the To Kwa Wan section of the Shatin-Central Link because the site contains ancient wells and cultural relics going back 1,200 years, Apple Daily reported Friday.

They were alerted to these historical treasures after some pieces were unearthed on the site recently.

The area might have been home to more than 1,000 residents. An existing historical relic of Sung Wong Toi (Terrace of the Sun Kings) sits near the site, Hung Wing-tat, chief of the Conservancy Association Center for Heritage, was quoted as saying.   

Hung said a large number of followers might have fled with of Zhao Bing, the last emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty, to Hong Kong under pursuit by the Mongolian army and settled in To Kwa Wan.

The recently discovered relics are consistent with this theory, suggesting Hong Kong’s recorded history, thought to have been non-existent before the mid-1800s, stretches back 1,200 years, Albert Lai, policy committee convenor of the Professional Commons, was quoted as saying.

Six ancient wells were unearthed at the site but the government said it will only preserve a square well, found to go back to the Song to Yuan Dynasties, because of its stable structural condition. No construction works will be carried out in the adjacent area.

The other wells and some 200 relics were destroyed after they were recorded, the report said. 

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