Hikers show love for scenic bay: ‘Symbolic’ walk to support government’s park proposal

MORE than 100 hikers and supporters walked through Tai Long Sai Wan (大浪西灣) in Sai Kung (西貢) in a symbolic gesture to protect the scenic area.

Former Hong Kong Observatory (香港天文台) director Lam Chiu-ying (林超英) was one of the supporters.

The hike on Sunday was organised on Facebook. It took place three days before lawmakers are due to vote on Heung Yee Kuk (鄉議局) lawmaker Lau Wong-fat’s (劉皇發) motion amendment to remove a government proposal to include the area in the country park.

The hikers gathered at Sai Wan Temple and walked to Tai Long Sai Wan. There they formed into a heart shape with the words “I love Tai Long Sai Wan” scratched in the sand.

“We are here not to cause controversy, but to hike happily. If we meet the villagers, we will just say hi,” Lam said.

But Sai Wan village head Lai Yan said they will stand firm against the government plan.

About 10 villagers have been camping outside the Legislative Council (立法會) since Monday to make their view known.

Should they fail to win over the legislators, they may file for a judicial review, Lai said.

“If the government does not hear their voices and the amendment is passed, we will seek a resolution from the court,” Lai said.