Student Activities WeekBack
Place-based Learning Programme
17 - 25 Nov 2018
3E Lee Shun Yat
Once a flourishing fishing village, Tai O has now been transformed into a heritage centre and remained one of my favourite cultural spots in Hong Kong. During the SAW, I got to experience first-hand their simple and interesting traditions – knitting fishing nets was one of the most enjoyable. I learnt about the many ways of knitting and, from the old fisherman, stories in the heyday of the village when the fishing industry was still profitable.
The trip to Yim Tin Tsai was also fun, from which I learnt how the Chan family developed salt panning there. The Chan family, however, soon closed their salt farm in the 1920s as salt panning became less economically sustainable due to rising taxes. I truly understand that sustainability is not easy to achieve as it demands a perfect balance between different factors.
“We are going to hike for an entire hour only to see some dilapidated houses.” This was my first impression of the excursion to Kuk Po. Upon arrival, a profound sense of abandonment struck me. What the instructor said about the migration of rural workers to urban areas was fully demonstrated in the ruins of Kuk Po. The once flourishing fishing and farming village was now entirely empty, what remained were only the compelling stories of the villagers. This left me awestruck, and I eventually took home a lot of concepts about preservation, traditions, culture, collective memories and how these relate to sustainability.
The sustainability of many places in Hong Kong is declining. Even in a popular spot like Tai O, after the construction of the HK-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, the place is subject to change. Sooner or later, these one-of-a-kind traditions, these dilapidated villages, and even the cohesion among these fishermen are prone to disappearing. The SAW was not just another excursion, it was a wake-up call for us to rethink about sustainability of Hong Kong.
3C Wong Siu Cheung
Without skyscrapers, without pollution from traffic, sound, or even lights, we went on an expedition to some remote areas in Hong Kong, like Tai O and Yim Tin Tsai. I’ve learnt a lot about their lifestyles and the reason behind the development gaps in different places.
We had to document the information we had collected on site for our group projects like poster making, game design, etc. I learnt to collect suitable data not only through observation, but also using critical thinking and organisation skills. We also had to film a short commercial for promoting Yim Tin Tsai. My video-taking skills were enhanced as I learnt more about filming a documentary well.
After the three-day expedition, we came back to school for preparations and presentation, and we were eventually awarded for “the most creative presentation”. We were also grateful for the help from our exchange students in our video task.