Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Group Hong Kong

Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Group (PFLV-CLCG) was established in 1st Jan, 2009 by local villagers. The group is formed to study, initiate, educate and monitor the conservation of the cultural landscape of and around Pokfulam Village. The cultural landscape areas cover (but not limited to) Pokfulam Village, Pokfulam Reservoir, Pokfulam Country Park, Southern Part of Mount Kellet, Historical Diary Farm sites. The conservation subjects comprise tangible heritage, intangible heritage and landscape within the cultural landscaping areas.

The Group’s major activities comprise document the heritage and cultural landscape of the region; publish documents and research findings; promote the philosophy of the importance of Cultural landscape conservation of the region; advocate the government to list Dairy Farm Relics as Listed Monument or Temporary Monument; advocate government to preserve the cultural landscaping of Pokfulam Village and the Colonial Context; and
advocate government to support village’s traditional events, such as Fire Dragon Dancing and Sending Rituals, Li Ling Divine festival, etc.

Pokfulam, a small village perched on a hillside in the west of Hong Kong Island, is characterized by narrow lanes and alleys twisting through the village, around small traditional buildings and newer structures. The modest appearance of Pokfulam belies its importance to the history of Hong Kong. The storied Dairy Farm Group, set up in Pokfulam in 1886 to provide Hong Kong with fresh milk, expanded rapidly, offering employment to many of Pokfulam’s residents. The community’s most important tradition is the Fire Dragon Dance that takes place during the Mid-Autumn Festival every year. An incense-lit hay dragon visits each household, bringing blessings to the residents and fostering a spirit of community.

Pokfulam is a remarkable survivor of Hong Kong’s past, but it is facing pressure from urban redevelopment plans, including a proposal to convert unoccupied Dairy Farm workers’ dormitories into high-density housing. Stringent squatter control policies make it hard for villagers to repair their dwellings, as they are required to use materials that were registered at the time of the last occupancy survey, which was conducted in the 1980s. Thus it is important to study, educate, and advocate the value of traditions and diversity in Hong Kong and to initiate a conservation and sustainable management model for future development.

Preserving the last village on Hong Kong Island

Pokfulam Village was included on the 2014 World Monuments Watch to raise awareness of its significance and scarcity in the modern metropolitan Hong Kong. In 2015, with support from American Express, and in partnership with the non-profit organization Pokfulam Village Cultural Landscape Conservation Limited, we launched a program to restore a historic house and to reuse it as a heritage interpretation center, which will be completed by the end of 2016. The program will set up a conservation and sustainable management model for Pokfulam, allowing for the upgrading of building stock, and will best serve this intimate community and contribute to the preservation of the historic fabric of Hong Kong’s urban space.