Hakka Culture of Double Haven
This tour is suitable for children of all ages.
The remote waters of Double Haven are dotted with islands, and lined with winding shorelines. For
many centuries, Hakka clans settled in this area for farming and fishing. While many of these villages
have been abandoned and have turned into
ghost villages, some are still inhabited by small numbers of people, who cling on to their
traditional way of life.This tour will visit two of these communities: Lai Chi Wo (map marker 1) and
Kat O (map marker 2).
Kat O, a once thriving fishing island home to over 2,000 people spread over at least a dozen villages,
has only a few dozen residents nowadays. Some are retired, others are fishermen living and working on
the island, fishing mostly in the surrounding waters.
Sights in Kat O include the viewpoint on top of Ko Tei Teng, the Lover's Tree, the Tin Hau temple (with
two statues of Tin Hau), the abandoned village school and a wishing tree.
There are many abandoned and unmaintained houses here. One always wonders, what makes people abandon
their home leaving behind furniture and even the pictures on the wall?
We may also have a traditional Hakka style lunch at Kat O (optional; not included; please register when
booking this tour if you're interested) before catching the speed boat back to Lai Chi Wo.
Lai Chi Wo is a well preserved and well maintained walled Hakka village. This village is also
known for its ecologically important fung shui woods and large swathes of mangroves. Home to
over 3,000 people at its peak, now just a handful are still living here. Over the past few
years, villagers have tried to revitalise their old home. The fung shui wall has been rebuilt,
some houses are under renovation and a Geoheritage Centre has opened here.
We'll also walk around the village. Sights include the hollow autumn maple tree, the five-fingered
camphor at the fung shui woods, the rice paddies and other agricultural fields, the temple, and all the old
houses of the village itself.
- 8:30 meet at University MTR, walk to Ma Liu Shui pier (green map marker) for the boat to
Lai Chi Wo.
- At Lai Chi Wo pier, change for a speed boat to take us to Kat O.
- About 10:15-12:15: walk around Kat O.
- Lunch in Kat O.
- About 13:30 speed boat back to Lai Chi Wo.
- Visit Lai Chi Wo, walk around the village and the fung shui woods, visit the
- 15:30 board the boat back to Ma Liu Shui (arrive there about 17:00).
Fee for this tour: HKD 320 per person, HKD 280 children 3-12, including all boat transfers
and experienced guide. Excluding lunch, HKD 100 per person.