Flight Festival held in shadow of Hong Kong airport to save dying Sha Lo Wan village

The emptying out of Sha Lo Wan began well before Hong Kong International Airport opened on its doorstep 20 years ago. Descendants of farmers and fishermen moved away when industrialisation took off in the 1950s. In the 1960s, small-scale quartz mines in this part of northern Lantau Island ceased operation, further decimating a population that used to number well over 1,000. The constant roar of jet engines from the runway around 200 metres away literally sounded the death knell of the now 300-…

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