They were abandoned as Hong Kong's farming industry dwindled. Now Hong Kong's cows and buffaloes roam the countryside they see as home. Some people see them as a nuisance, others as "indigenous" residents who should be protected.
Hong Kong is a fast-changing city, where malls, residential blocks and entire neighbourhoods seem to transform constantly but there are some corners of the territory that have remained almost unchanged for more than a century. The cemeteries of Happy Valley are an open history book telling the stories of old Hong Kong and the different communities that turned it from a sleepy fishing village into a city on the doorstep of China.
Text: Liz Yuen, Gienne Lee and Krizto Chan Photos: Liz Yuen, Samuel Chan, Elizabeth Cheung
Lion-dance gets a 21st century makeover in Hong Kong
For some, they are like squalid shanty towns. For others, they are rooftop sanctuaries - a home to call one's own. But one thing they share, is that residents of Hong Kong's illegal rooftop huts face an uncertain future in the face of redevelopment and eviction. Varsity captures scenes from life at the top.
The mostly abandoned 400 year-old Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo is about to undergo a transformation with plans to convert derelict village houses into heritage holiday homes.
The sweet and bitter lives of Hong Kong’s Fisherfolk
Hong Kong’s traditional Chinese bakeries stay the course despite fierce competition
Ko Shing Street in Sheung Wan has been a wholesale centre for Chinese medicine for decades. The street is renowned for its high-quality herbs and dried seafood. But the opening of the West Island Line is pushing up rent. Varsity asks the street's vendors about how they see their future.
Hong Kong has designated campsites, but some campers prefer to live on the edge and go beyond official site in pursuit of nature.