Ng Tung Chai Mine, Lead Mine Pass Mine? Winston Churchill comments…

HF: The Ng Tung Chai waterfalls are among Hong Kong’s most spectacular, especially when taken as a group. They are located on the north face of its highest mountain Tai Mo Shan, at the head of the Lam Tsuen Valley just east of Kadoorie Farm. The highest waterfall  is I believe Hong Kong’s highest at over 36 metres.

Ng Tung Chai main waterfall image

The Main Fall Courtesy: www.hkadventurer.com Note the size of the man in the bottom right hand corner

Tymon Mellor has sent the following brief mention of Ng Tung Chai Mine. This is found in what appears to be a presentation, History of Mining in Hong Kong, Jackie CT Chu, given on the 23rd April 2015 to the Hong Kong Regional Group of the UK based Geological Society.

I have never come across this mine before. Mr Chu includes a caption which dates the mine, 19th Century to Unknown.  And the map below which he suggests is “near Lead Mine Pass”. The latter is about 5 kms from Ng Tung Chai village. He also includes the two images shown below.

Tymon has posted a couple of articles about the mine at Lead Mine Pass, linked below. Others have added their own comments. Jackie Chu’s contribution adds a further layer of opaqueness to what appears to be Hong Kong’s most inscrutable mining riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.

Lead (Galena) mines and occurrence from Mining in HK, HK Regional Group, Geo Society

Courtesy: Jackie CT Chu, Hong Kong Regional Group, Geological Society of London

Ng Tung Chai Mine, Jackie CT snipped image a

Courtesy: Jackie CT Chu, Hong Kong Regional Group, Geological Society of London

Ng Tung Chai Mine, Jackie CT snipped image b

Courtesy: Jackie CT Chu, Hong Kong Regional Group, Geological Society of London

Source: History of Mining In Hong Kong, Jackie CT Chu, 23rd Apri l 2015

See: The Hong Kong Regional Group, The Geological Society The Hong Kong Regional Group (HKRG) was established in May 2001 to represent the growing number of Fellows working in Hong Kong and provide them with a collective voice in terms of professional standards. In particular the group aims to recognise and promote the CGeol status, and provide regular geological related learned events.

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