Home » Academy » Experiential Learning

Lai Chi Wo – a learning hub for sustainable development education

The abundant nature and cultural assets of Lai Chi Wo have made it an all-round site for learning and practising topics related to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 
Field-based Learning Themes:

 

Ecology and Biodiversity

The site is surrounded by the Plover Cove Country Park and the Yan Chau Tong Marine Park and houses diverse habitats, including mature Fung Shui woodland, secondary forest, shrub land, freshwater streams, agricultural wetland, mangrove, mud flat, rocky shore and inner sea. These habitats nurture various living organisms, including freshwater invertebrates, butterflies, dragonflies, fish, amphibians and reptiles, birds and mammals and so on.

 

Culture and Heritage

The Lai Chi Wo village is one of the largest remaining Hakka villages in Hong Kong and has a history of more than 300 years. Most of the 200 village houses still maintain its original architectural appearance. The Hakka people have maintained their language, customs and culture, all of which are deeply linked to their agrarian roots and differentiate them from other Han people in the same geographical location.

 

Landscape

Lai Chi Wo is one of the focal centre of the north-eastern part of the New Territories. The site is a catchment and is part of the UNESCO Global GeoPark. Backed by mountains with Fung Shui woods and facing the sea, Lai Chi Wo is also suited in terms of water with freshwater from the hills running through the stream all year long. The current landscape was modified by the Hakka settlers where they exploited the hillslopes, cut the sloped plane into a series of receding terrace steps with stone supports for farming.

 

Interested schools, universities, community groups, corporates, and non-government organisations are welcome to contact us for more details on learning programmes and teaching materials.

Enquiries: 3917 4905 / ruralsd@hku.hk