【大浪灣】香港第一個法定古蹟 － 竟然是一塊石？
Big Wave Bay: where even a Rock could become Hong Kong’s first historical monument
Hong Kong has been inhabited since the early period of the Stone Age. Besides navigating through a museum to see preserved cultural relics in glass boxes, you can also observe the marks of history on the stone carvings in rocks along the waters. As one of the earliest relics in the Stone Age found in Hong Kong, the Big Wave Bay Stone Carving was unintentionally discovered by a Police. After the enactment of the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance, the Big Wave Bay Stone Carving was designated as the first historical Monument in Hong Kong, and was subsequently preserved by the Antiquities and Monuments Office.
The patterns on the rock show dynamic geometric and animal patterns, which could be an indication of residents propitiating to the power of the sea and the protection for its sea-faring population. Across the 9 stone carvings found in Hong Kong, most of the site was situated along the coastline, and was carved with similar patterns on its surface. This could serve as the evidence of human activities along the sea side during the stone age, and how sea-faring was relied on for maintaining livelihood at the time. Interestingly, the stone carving in Tung Lung Chau and also Cape Collinson (found in 2018) had also demonstrated similar patterns with the one in the Big Wave Bay. The carvings we found might just be the tip of an iceberg…
If you found yourself interested in the Big Wave Bay Stone Carving, you can walk along the Dragon Back Section of Island Coastal Trail, and take a detour to the Big Wave Bay. You can also visit the newly-found rock carving at Cape Collinson, by taking a detour from the Leaping Dragon Walk to the Cape Collinson LightHouse, and compare the difference in patterns and shapes in the respective rock carvings.
Click here to learn more about rock carvings in Hong Kong in Antiquities and Monuments Office’s website.