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Notes on the Geography of China: Hong Kong 4: Luk Keng's Fields

Until the 1990s, the village had some of the last vestiges of paddy in Hong Kong. Hong Kong city folk are now reported as renting hobby-plots, the micro-version of hobby farms.

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Some Luk Keng villagers still maintain garden plots.

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Bananas still grow on the flat land to the left; the paddy fields used to be over the hill in the background.

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At the far end of the village, a rough path climbs through the forest covering that hill.

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The path through the forest doesn't take more than two minutes to walk, but it's a little spooky, because of the creaking bamboo.

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Up top, the forest opens to hills that used to be covered in paddy, which was irrigated by small ditches and carried by the headload down the path.

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A new but even more newly abandoned irrigation channel. In 1989, water burbled happily, though it was mostly unused. A couple of years later, the switch had been turned off, as farmers found better work a bus ride away.

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A dry-season photo. In 1989, there was paddy growing on some of these terraces, but it was weedy, neglected. A few years later, there was no paddy at all, just weeds and slowly slumping terrace walls.

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One thing that didn't change.

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Whoosh! A couple of trail bikers whip past.


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