Plover Cove Reservoir – 50th anniversary of relocation of residents from Sam Mun Tsai

Photograph of Sam Mun Tsai added.

HF: On 2nd March 2015 the SCMP published an article, Hong Kong villagers keep memories of home lost to reservoir afloat.

In July 1965 the 400 residents of Sam Mun Tsai were relocated, (the article uses the term ‘evicted’), from their fishing village during the construction of Plover Cove Reservoir which was carried out from 1960 to 1968.

They were relocated to Yim Tin Tsai island in Sam Mun Tsai New Village about 3 kms south west of the Main Dam. It is therefore nearly the 50th anniversary of this event.

The article contains interviews with several of the residents, the oldest being 93 year old Cheung Leung-chun.

Plover Cove Reservoir SCMP article relocated residents 2.3.15

Courtesy: SCMP

Plover Cove Reservoir SCMP article centamap

On 9th March 2015 the SCMP published a second article, A Reservoir of Memories, which contained this photograph of  Sam Mun Tsai village in the late 1960s:

Plover Cove Sam Mun Tsai village - late 1960s SCMP

Courtesy: SCMP


  1. Hong Kong villagers keep memories of home lost to reservoir afloat SCMP 2nd March 2015


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