Ma On Shan Iron Mine – HK Naturalist 1931

Hugh Farmer: It is worth looking at the Hong Kong Naturalist – “a quarterly illustrated journal principally for Hong Kong and South China” which was published from Jan 1930 until Feb 1941. The  journal contain articles on a variety of subjects of interest to us including, tea production, oysters, Kowloon waterworks, agriculture in the New Territory [sic] and a couple of mountains where mines are mentioned.

One of the latter is Climbing Ma On Shan, by L Gibbs which appears in The HK Naturalist  Vol 2 No 3 Sep 1931.

However…to diverge from matters industrial for a moment if you enjoy walking in Hong Kong or want to read about it, may I recommend a book that I found by chance about twenty years ago. Namely, Rambles in Hong Kong by GSP Heywood, first published in 1951, given a new commentary by Richard Gee in 1993.

Delightful writing, gently describing boat trips to now easily accessible areas of Hong Kong, how to keep a pipe alight in torrential summer rain and the necessity of cooling bottles of beer in streams to be consumed at the end of the ramble.

Gibbs has a similar way with words in describing one of Hong Kong’s most impressive mountains as evidenced by his opening paragraph.

Climbing Ma On Shan a

Ma On Shan mountain photo

Ma On Shan’s summit

But to come to the point. The article  continues…

Climbing Ma On Shan b

Climbing Ma On Shan map

See: Climbing Ma On Shan

This article was first posted on 1st November 2014.

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