Charcoal burning in Hong Kong, 1971 RASHKB article
James Hayes has kindly given permission for several of his articles published by the Royal Asiatic Society (HK Branch) to be posted on our website. Here he writes about Charcoal Burning in Hong Kong which was included by the RASHKB in its Journal Volume 11, 1971.
James mentions several locations where charcoal was produced, namely:-
Tong Fuk and Pui O, Lantau Island
near Shek Lei Pui reservoir, Shatin
Cheung Sha Wan
in the area of the Aberdeen Reservoirs
He suggests that perhaps the last kilns to be operated in Hong Kong were close to Hok Tsui and Lan Nai Wan villages near the Shek O Road. These were apparently operated by the Japanese during their occupation of Hong Kong between 1941-5.
It would be interesting to learn more about the production and use of charcoal in Hong Kong.
This article was first posted on 12th August 2016.
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After the war, some charcoal were imported from Singapore. My uncle was one of the 2 importers at the time.