Shek Pik


Shek Pik

Shek Pik village, (Chinese: 石壁) once located on the south coast of Lantau Island, Hong Kong was relocated to its current location when the Shek Pik Reservoir was built. Below the dam of the reservoir is Shek Pik Prison which is managed by the Hong Kong Correctional Services.

The village can be reached by Keung Shan Road, with Tai O Road, from Tai O, and South Lantau Road from Mui Wo.

Village

A clan from Ma Tau Wai in Kowloon accompanied the last two young emperors to Lautau Island and finally settled in Shek Pik to avoid the Mongol invasion at the end of Southern Song.

Rock Carvings

Rock carvings from the neolithic age were found by Chen Kung-chiek in Shek Pik in 1939 when the local villagers told him there was an engraved carving on the upper part of the beach and to the west of Tung WanSally Rodwell. (1991) A Visitor's Guide to Historic Hong Kong] . There was the second carving found on the opposite side of the valley. It has been split into two parts by lightning and the rock is now lying face down so the carving can not be seen. Sally Rodwell. (1991) A Visitor's Guide to Historic Hong Kong] .

According to the local villagers, there is the third carving further up the valley. This carving, (later called "the upper Shek Pik Rock Carving" to distinguish it from the one found on the Shek Pik Beach) was found on a steep slope in Shek Pik in 1962 Sally Rodwell. (1991) A Visitor's Guide to Historic Hong Kong] . The carving is at Convert|350|m|ft|0|abbr=on above sea level. [http://www5.lcsd.gov.hk/gishinter/html/viewer_en.htm The Geographical Information System on Hong Kong Heritage] ]

The Lower Shek Pik Rock Carving is now listed on the list of declared monuments of Hong Kong. [http://www5.lcsd.gov.hk/gishinter/html/viewer_en.htm The Geographical Information System on Hong Kong Heritage] ] .

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