Hoi Ha Nature Trail and Master Plan

Hoi Ha Nature Trail and Master Plan

NYU students Maegan Ciolino, Yunshun Yang, and Rachel Baruch sought to create ways for local residents to cherish (and protect) the coastal wetlands and mangrove in Hoi Ha, an area in Sai Kung District, Hong Kong. To do this, they worked with Friends of Hoi Ha to design, stake out, and geo-reference a nature trail, complete with interpretive signs. The project took a surprising turn when the group retraced an old, abandoned boulder trackway built by Hakka settlers almost two hundred years ago. They integrated the historical pathway into the new nature trail to provide the visitor an experience of history and ecology. Friends of Hoi Ha is working with Undersecretary of the Environment to formally incorporate the nature trail into the master plan for Hoi Ha, and plans are underway to request the Antiquities and Monuments Office to list the old Hakka trackway as an item of archeological Interest.