Travelers can see Hong Kong’s salt making history in 4 places
Hong Kong is at the southern coast of China.
People made use of local resources, seawater, to make salt to earn a living.
In this blog post, Frank the tour guide is going to show travelers the 4 places to see the salt making history of Hong Kong, Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, Lantau Island’s Tai O Fishing Village, Kwun Tong and Yim Tin Tsai.
Travelers can TIY, tour them by yourselves.
Travelers of course can take Frank’s Hong Kong private tour to see Hong Kong history easily.
See the history of made in Hong Kong salt at Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum, Lantau’s Tai O, Kwun Tong and Yim Tin Tsai
There is the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum in Cheung Sha Wan Kowloon.
The funeral objects inside show the life of the people about 2000 years ago during the Han Dynasty.
Historians believe that the cenotaph was for an official from the north, who managed the salt production in Hong Kong area.
That official built his own tomb in advance, which showed that Chinese thought much of funeral and death.
As he was delegated to work in other area later, the official’s corpse was not entombed in Hong Kong. (Take MTR to Cheung Sha Wan Station Exit A2, follow the sign, walk for about 10 mins)
The salt production and sale were often monopolized by the Central Government in the past.
To protect their important income sources, emperors and officials did not allow the common people to make and sell salt.
During the Southern Song Dynasty in 1197AD, emperor sent the army to Lantau Island to suppress the illegal private salt smugglers.
This showed Lantau Island’s native people had a long history of salt making.
Today at the Tai O fishing village, travelers can see a big piece of artificial wetland next to the public pier.
Actually it was the salt farm in the past.
People only ended Tai O’s salt production in the late 1960s. (Take New Lantao Bus Route 11 from Tung Chung to Tai O)
After defeating the salt smugglers, the soldiers were ordered to station at Kowloon to protect the official ponds for salt making.
The pronunciation of “official pond” in Cantonese is “Kwun Tong”.
Kwun Tong is an area at the eastern part of Kowloon today.
The shoreline has no relic of salt making, but the sea view is nice and the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal is great (Take MTR to Ngau Tau Kok Station Exit B6, then walk to the waterfront).
Recently the native people of Yim Tin Tsai at Sai Kung has returned their hometown to resume the salt making activities for conservation.
Apart from tasting the delicious Sai Kung seafood meal and enjoying the nice scenery, travelers can take sampan boat to visit Yim Tin Tsai (Take sampan at Sai Kung Public Pier only on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.)
See Hong Kong history in Frank’s private tour
Travelers may tour the above-mentioned places by yourselves.
Of course travelers can be Frank the tour guide’s clients in his Hong Kong private tour service.
Besides salt making history, Frank can show clients Hong Kong history at the sightseeing points and the private car during the easy private car tour service.
Frank hopes he can serve you in 2021!