Event Detail

20
Mar
2010

Border Area Trip

Dr Raynor Shaw
Saturday, 20 Mar 2010
Border Area
A fascinating trip into the Closed Border Area between China and Hong Kong lead by Raynor Shaw and Chief Superintendant Blake Hancock HK Police.

We are delighted that Dr Raynor Shaw and Chief Superintendent Blake Hancock of the Hong Kong Police are able to lead a longawaited trip within the generally inaccessible, but extremely fascinating, Frontier Closed Area (FCA) of Hong Kong. The FCA was gazetted in June 1951 as a means of stemming the flow of illegal immigrants, and to restricting smuggling and similar activities, but is now a fascinating area between China and Hong Kong, with beautifully preserved villages and thriving wildlife.

The proposed route takes Members from west to east through a section of the FCA, looking at several important historical sites, notably Ta Kwo Ling, the perfectly preserved Lin Ma Hang Village, the historic Lin Ma Hang Lead Mine, viewing observation posts named “MacIntosh Cathedrals" after the then Commissioner of Police, MacKenzie's Dam and Sha Tau Kok Village. Significantly, it is planned actually to visit one of the MacIntosh Cathedrals, strategic observation posts that were built between 1949 and 1953 to provide sheltered and secure observation positions for the border police.

Please note that this visit is a roundtrip of about five hours by minibus and on foot, involving climbing several hundred steps, possibly through the dense though beautiful vegetation of the Frontier Closed Area on what may be a warm day. Consequently, Members should dress accordingly.

Members should note that all parts of the visit are subject to final confirmation by the Hong Kong Police and, for security reasons or urgent operational commitments, there may be changes to the proposed itinerary.

The numbers of participants is restricted to 25, so early registration is advisable.

If you would like to join this field trip, please would you complete and return the attached form, initially by email and by regular mail with your payment. You will receive an email confirming your booking. Enquiries to 2583 9700 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Important notice: In order for the RGS to apply for FCA Permits for the group, please provide your:

Full Name (as it appears on your HKID Card)
Chinese Name (as appropriate)
CCC (Commercial Character Code) (as appropriate)
Gender
Date of Birth dd/mm/yyyy
HKID Card (or Passport) Number
Full residential address
Contact telephone No.


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Timings: Meet at City Hall, Central: 11 am. Return to arrive at City Hall, Central exact time to be advised

Please bring: Water bottle, packed lunch, torch, walking shoes and appropriate clothing for being outdoors.

Cost: HK$250 for Members and $300 for Guests.
Cheques payable to Royal Geographical Society HK
You will receive confirmation of your booking with details showing exactly where to meet.

I understand that I am joining the above mentioned trip entirely at my own risk and that the Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong, having arranged the trip as an agent for its members, cannot be held responsible for any accidents or claims that may arise no matter how they occur.



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Please mail this form with your cheque payable to “Royal Geographical Society – Hong Kong"

N.B. PLEASE EMAIL A COPY TO THE RGS OFFICE BEFORE POSTING.

GPO Box 6681,
Hong Kong
Tel: 2583 9700
Fax: 2140 6000
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Website: www.rgshk.org.hk

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