RAF Shatin Airfield, rice production in the Shatin valley in the 1950s

Peter Howell has sent further photographs taken during his time stationed at RAF Shatin Airfield, Hong Kong in the early 1950s.  See our collection of articles on the airfield below. We are coming to the end of Peter’s photos and the images below show various stages of rice production in the Shatin valley close to the airfield. I realize farming is not usually thought of as an industry but I am happy to make an exception in this case as Peter’s photos are of general historical interest.

Here is a contemporary image of Shatin and the Shing Mun river.

Shatin Contemporary Image

The photo captions have been provided by Peter.

HF; I have numbered the images to assist anyone who might want to make a comment about an individual photo.

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 1 Peter Howell

Image 1 Aerial view of the south end of Shatin Valley showing the extent of cultivation [and the airfield].

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 2 Peter Howell

Image 2 Coming to the end of harvest time

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 3 Peter Howell

Image 3 Drying the rice

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 4 Peter Howell

Image 4 Harvesting rice by hand.

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 5 Peter Howell

Image 5 Ploughing

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 6 Peter Howell

Image 6 Ploughing

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 7 Peter Howell

Image 7 Rice field at harvest time in Shatin

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 8 Peter Howell

Image 8 Rice worker

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 9 Peter Howell

Image 9 Ploughing

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 10 Peter Howell

Image 10 Rice worker’s plough

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 11 Peter Howell

Image 11 Threshing by hand

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 12 Peter Howell

Image 12 Traditional means of transporting produce

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 13 Peter Howell

Image 13 Coming to the end of harvest time

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 14 Peter Howell

Image 14 A view into a side valley showing vegetable production

RAF Shatin Airfield Rice Production Image 15 Peter Howell

Image 15 Every available piece of level land was employed in production

This article was first posted on 10th March 2022.

Related Indhhk articles:

  1. RAF Shatin Airfield – Aircraft in Flight
  2. RAF Shatin Airfield – Routine Patrols, Part One
  3. RAF Shatin Airfield – Routine Patrols, Part Two
  4. RAF Shatin Airfield – Headquarters, Part One
  5. RAF Shatin Airfield – Headquarters, Part Two
  6. RAF Shatin Airfield – aerial images
  7. RAF Shatin Airfield – daily life
  8. RAF Shatin Airfield – the Shek Kip Mei Fire and Flatted Factories
  9. Shatin Airfield 1949-1962
  10. Shatin Airfield – 1954 article about British Army/RAF use
  11. Shatin Army Camp – link to Shatin Airfield
  12. Shatin – first powered flight in Hong Kong 1911
  13. An Aeroplane Called Wanda – historic flight over Shatin March 18th, 1911.
  14. Charles Van den Born – first powered flight in Hong Kong, Shatin, 1911
  15. RAF Shatin Airfield – Ma On Shan ferry

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