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Heritage and Urban Development in Ha Tsuen, Yuen Long

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posted on 2022-08-29, 02:58 authored by Gary Pui-fung Wong


This is an experiential project that students participated in experiential learning activities and produced a set of tourist maps of Ha Tsuen. As part of the course assignments, students from the University of Hong Kong attending course SOCI2055 Tourism, Culture and Society (2016-2017) were guided to collect primary data, produce travel guides to raise public awareness of local history, heritage preservation and future development of Ha Tsuen, as well as reflect on the impacts of cultural and heritage tourism.

Ha Tsuen is situated at Yuen Long in the New Territories, Hong Kong. Historical records show that the Tang lineage has settled at Ha Tsuen more than six centuries. Nowadays, Ha Tsuen is where rural meets urban area and tradition meets modernity.

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In 2016, the government designated Ha Tsuen for village type development and a heritage trail under the plan of Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area. The district is about to experience dramatic changes in a few years. 

With financial support from Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre, Rotary Club Hong Kong Sunrise and Roundtable Enterprise, students of the course “Tourism, Culture and Society” (second semester, 2016-2017) had experiential learning activities and critically discussed on the role of cultural tourism in heritage preservation and sustainable urban development at Ha Tsuen.

Seven theme tours were designed to introduce Ha Tsuen from different perspectives. A set of tourist maps was also published and distributed through community partners and at Ha Tsuen.

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Course information 

Course title: Tourism, Culture and Society

Course code: SOCI2055

Offering department: Department of Sociology, the University of Hong Kong

Offering semester: semester, 2016-2017

Supported by 

Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre, the University of Hong Kong 

Community parnter 

Rotary District3450

Ha Tsuen Rural Committee

Community collaborators 

EDGE Book 

Hulu Culture

Roundtable Enterprise

Walk In Hong Kong 

Team members 

Course instructor & chief editor: Gary Wong 

Course tutor: Sophia So

Student helper: Chloe Chan, Michelle Leung, Erica Li, Lilian Luk

Design production: EDGE Book 

Editorial & design support: Miu Chan, Waisze Leung

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More information here:

All content was edited and reviewed by course instructor and the editorial team. All photos and illustrations are produced by the course instructors, students and editorial team except otherwise specified. 

Information accurate as of 2017.

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Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Fund, The University of Hong Kong


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