Lime-making on Tsing Yi island – 1984 RASHKB article

HF: Lime-making in Hong Kong has an extremely long history, at least 1,000 years, probably longer.

This article by Wong Tak-yan appeared in the Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch Journal of 1984.

Lime making HKBRAS Vol 24 1984

The article begins:

Lime-making on Tsing Yi HKBRAS Vol 24, 1984 first page extract

And is divided into the following sections:
*Uses of Lime
*Raw Materials used in the making of lime
*The process of making lime
*My family involvement in lime making
*Why the industry declined

Lime making San Shing Lei Kiln Factory HKBRAS Vol 24 1984

This article was first posted on 16th February 2015.

Source: RASHKB article Lime-making on Tsing Yi RASHKB Journal Vol 24, 1984

RASHKB says “Anyone with an interest in the history, art, literature and culture of China and Asia, with special reference to Hong Kong, will enjoy membership of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, which is generally regarded as the premier Society for the study of Hong Kong and South China. Dating back over 150 years, the Society is today a very active body, organizing varied visits, talks, seminars and more.”

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  • Thomas Ngan

    Hi there,

    The site of the Shing Lei Kiln in Peng Chau is in ruin but basically in tact. I visited it in December 2013. The main building still exist but locked up. The company sign is still there but it had been fading. Some windows are broken. I did not read anything from the news about the current status of this lot though. Despite I used to hang out in Peng Chau on weekends when I was twenty something, I have no idea how big was the kiln site.


    • Joe Terry

      Thomas Ngan,
      Do you know if this property was subsequently utilised by Tsing Yi Island Industries Ltd, a concrete products manufacturer servicing the construction industry in the mid 1960’s ?
      J T

  • David Baker

    I am really interested in the raw materials used for lime production in HK. If you have any references I would appreciate them greatly!

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