25 March 2019

Kwok Long-yin

HKEJ contributor
  • A panoramic view of the Kowloon Peninsula from Lion Rock hilltop. Photo: HKEJ

    Reminiscing about old Hong Kong at Lion Rock

    - Feb 10, 2017 5:33pm
    Located between Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai, Lion Rock stands 495 meters high. Although it is not the tallest hill in the city, it transcends peers in Hong Kong in terms of fame. This is in large...
  • Visitors can read about the history of Lai Chi Wo at the entrance of the walled village. Photo: EJ Insight

    Lai Chi Wo: A Hakka walled village with a living forest

    - Jan 13, 2017 5:32pm
    Lai Chi Wo, surrounded by mountains on three sides, is regarded as the feng shui woodlands of New Territories Northeast. Thanks to the hard work of its original settlers, the remote spot in Double Haven (Yan...
  • The Red House, currently known as Woodside Biodiversity Education Center, was used as a residence for senior staff of Taikoo Sugar Refinery. Photo: HKEJ

    Edwardian-style Red House in Quarry Bay

    - Dec 30, 2016 5:30pm
    Hong Kong Island has a few historic houses named after their exterior color — the Blue House, Green House, Yellow House and Orange House. The four renowned houses are all in the Wan Chai neighborhood. Add...
  • A large grassy pitch in Sham Chung is a result of an unfortunate mistake. Photo: HKEJ

    A beautiful mistake in Sham Chung

    - Nov 18, 2016 5:30pm
    A large grassy pitch is a rare sight in Hong Kong. We used to be told that whenever there’s space, it should be filled with residential buildings to help ease the housing problem. While it’s true...
  • The ancestral halls of five families (left) in Tsung Pak Long village; farming remains a source of livelihood in Long Valley. Photos: HKEJ

    Journey back in time to a Hakka walled village in Sheung Shui

    - Sep 30, 2016 5:30pm
    Not far away from Sheung Shui MTR station is the century-old Tsung Pak Long village (松柏塱村). It was founded by families with different surnames, and the earliest record of the settlement dates back to 1819. Their...
  • Columns of logs sticking out of the placid waters serve as relics of Yam O's lumberyard past. Photo: HKEJ

    Ghosts of a lumberyard still haunt Yam O

    - Aug 26, 2016 5:35pm
    When the MTR train arrives at Sunny Bay, most commuters would switch to the Disneyland Resort Line enroute to the Magic Kingdom. Few would walk out from the station to take a look at the area....
  • A view of Nam Chung and Luk Keng villages and the hills of Sha Tau Kok. Picture on the right is of the Ka Lung Pool Falls. Photos: HKEJ, Film Services Office

    The charms of Nam Chung village and Ping Ka Stream

    - Jul 29, 2016 6:15pm
    Nam Chung (南涌), an area in northeast New Territories, is home to five major Hakka villages where residents mostly bear the following surnames: Yeung, Cheng, Lo, Cheung and Lei. It is peaceful to take a walk...
  • Lo Wu Bridge connects Luohu village in Shenzhen (left) and the Lo Wu district of Hong Kong. Photo: HKEJ

    Walking in a rural village at the border

    - Jul 22, 2016 5:30pm
    Lo Wu is probably best known as the busiest land port of entry between Hong Kong and mainland China. The border crossing handles an average of 225,000 travelers a day, according to the latest official figures...
  • Dubbed as one of the city's "Four Natural Wonders", Ng Tung Chai waterfalls consist of Bottom Fall, Middle Fall, Main Fall (L) and "Scatter Fall" (R). Photos: LCSD, HKEJ

    Why Ng Tung Chai makes for a perfect summer hike

    - Jun 30, 2016 5:31pm
    Hiking during the summer months need not be a sweltering proposition if you make the right choices. If you are in Hong Kong, consider Ng Tung Chai (梧桐寨) near Tai Po Lam Tsuen Valley in Tai...
  • Most of the redoubt's underground tunnels are still accessible today. They are engraved with the names of London streets such as Shaftesbury Avenue. Photos: HKEJ

    A short-lived line of defense during WWII

    - May 13, 2016 5:35pm
    Anyone hiking along Smuggler’s Ridge (孖指徑) between the Shing Mun Reservoir and the Kam Shan Country Park will soon run into the desolate Shing Mun Redoubt. The historical site is quite near the entrance of section...
  • Tan Ka Wan used to be a very busy fishing village, but it is a lot more tranquil nowadays. Photo: HKEJ

    Ko Lau Wan: a quiet bay for spiritual retreat

    - Apr 22, 2016 5:30pm
    Grass Island, also known as Tap Mun (塔門), has recently become a popular destination for weekend campers. But there are other equally enthralling locations in the vicinity where you can spend a day away from the...
  • Devil's Peak commands a sweeping view of Victoria Harbor. The British army made it part of its coastal defense fortress. Photo: HKEJ

    What hides behind Devil’s Peak

    - Mar 12, 2016 8:01am
    Mention Tseung Kwan O and Little Hawaii Trail comes to mind. Well, not really. It’s likely to throw up images of Hang Hau and Po Lam MTR stations and high-rise residential blocks above them. But for...
  • The Ho residential complex, which was built between 1911 and 1915, has been painstakingly preserved by its expat tenants. Photo: HKEJ

    Two vibrant villages in Sai Kung

    - Feb 27, 2016 8:02am
    Separated by about an hour’s walk, Pak Sha O (白沙澳) and Lai Chi Chong (荔枝莊) in Sai Kung are two vibrant and unique villages. The former is a Hakka village that has been well preserved by...
  • Visitors can enjoy long solitary walks under clear blue skies at Pak Lap Wan village. Photo: HKEJ

    Rustic enchantment at Sai Kung’s High Island south

    - Feb 20, 2016 8:02am
    Sai Kung, often described as the back garden of Hong Kong, is an ideal place for holiday retreats. Along the southern coastline of the High Island there, we have Tai She Wan (大蛇灣), Tung A (東丫),...
  • A view of Ma On Shan Country Park from Pyramid Hill. Photo: HKEJ

    Luk Chau Shan: Why it rocks

    - Nov 7, 2015 8:04am
    Ma On Shan Country Park, established in 1979, offers some of the most dramatic scenery in Hong Kong and also houses many other natural attractions. Luk Chau Shan (鹿巢山), which is located next to Ma On...
  • Ho Chung River runs through the village, which looks quite different now with the once vast farmland replaced by columns of modern houses. Photo: HKEJ

    Ho Chung: A gateway to ancient Sai Kung

    - Oct 31, 2015 8:04am
    Ho Chung (蠔涌) is one of the comparatively large village groups in Sai Kung. Around a third of its population consists of indigenous villagers. In fact, it once served as the portal of Sai Kung. The...
  • Mui Tsz Lam used to be covered by terraces filled with various crops. Now the terraces have been reclaimed by the wild. Photo: HKEJ

    Ma On Shan’s ancient trail: the ties that bind

    - Oct 24, 2015 8:03am
    Imagine Hong Kong a century ago. Instead of being extensively connected by highways, scattered communities were linked by stone-paved trails. Villagers visiting one another had to travel on foot or by sea. There are numerous ancient...
  • The Lutheran Church has undergone its first phase of revitalization and has reopened for exhibitions, workshops and guided tours, inviting more people to get to know and help preserve the history and culture of Ma On Shan Village. Photo: YouTube

    Take a glimpse of Hong Kong’s mining past

    - Sep 26, 2015 8:02am
    Ma On Shan, the saddle-shaped peak in New Territories East, is widely seen as an extension of the Sha Tin New Town, with numerous residential buildings erected at the valley. Its past as Hong Kong’s mining...

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