Salt production at San Hui, Tuen Mun

HF: Salt has apparently been produced in the San Hui/Wong Ka Wan area since the Qing Dynasty.

This map shows the original coastline of the Tuen Mun area. Reclaimed land is indicated by grey. San Hui is at the north-east  most point of the original bay.

Tuen Mun - map of land reclamation

Author: Kevinhksouth

The article below was published in The Hong Naturalist , January 1940

Salt, San Hui, 1941 Report

The third location mentioned where salt was “prepared from sea-water” was San Hui.

IDJ sent in the following photos. They are from a 1980s Tuen Mun District Committee publication on the history of the town.

He points out that for some reason the captions indiciated are in all but one photo wrong. He has sent the correct captions.

Loosening soil by harrowing

Loosening soil by harrowing

Pouring brine on the highest point of a crystallisation pond

Pouring brine on the highest point of a crystallisation pond

Raising brine from a storage tank by means of an irrigation wheel

Raising brine from a storage tank by means of an irrigation wheel

Some implements used in salt manufacture

Some implements used in salt manufacture

Caption correct

Caption correct

A stone roller used in salt manufacture

A stone roller used in salt manufacture

This article was first posted on 18th April 2014.

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