If these walls could talk, they would have much to tell us about education -- particularly that which takes place in far flung rural areas in Hong Kong --for they belong to the now ruined buildings of the abandoned Lin Fa Shan School that now lies in the middle of Tai Lam Country Park (which came into being in 1979) -- and which I've encountered on hikes through that section of the Big Lychee.
According to the country park's website, In the past, tungsten and other ores were mined in Lin Fa Shan near Route Twisk. Production ceased after the war as ore prices dropped, but old mines have remained to this day. (Hmmm... so... maybe the "hidden holes" and "hidden caves" that I got warned about in Tai Lam Country Park are the entrances to some of these old mines?)
Although I have seen my share of abandoned and semi-abandoned villages while out hiking in Hong Kong, I actually didn't see any in Lin Fa Shan -- aside from the ruined school buildings there that is. And internet searches post-hike have yielded very little information indeed about the village or the school itself.
So, if its walls could talk, here are some questions I'd like to ask it: When did Lin Fa Shan School actively exist as an educational institution? How many pupils did it have each year? I'm going to presume it was a primary school -- if so, did many of its students go on to secondary school and does this school have any notable alumni? How far away did the pupils live from the school and need to walk to it and back home (since I also can't see any actual roads leading to and from the educational institution)? What sort of education did one receive there? (I'm thinking in Cantonese and pretty elementary -- but maybe more practical-oriented than most too?) Do any of them return to site from time to time -- if nothing else than for nostalgic reasons?
See? This is what happens when I hike in Hong Kong -- or, for that matter, stroll about its more urban areas. That is, I find things that make me curious about this and that part or aspect of Hong Kong society, culture, history and wildlife! (And yeah, I will also say that visits to the blog homes of other Photo Hunt participants do often similarly get me wanting to know and learn more and more about the big, wide, interesting and diverse world out there. So, yes, I do appreciate that this particular meme founded by tnchick is working to encourage and assist my continuing education! :b )