However, when the rush for modernisation took hold in the 1970s, villagers relocated to urban areas and Mui Tsz Lam was left with barren farmland, empty houses, and a village with no electricity and water.
It remained a forgotten backwater for nearly 30 years until, in 2001, village head Tsang Yuk On gave up his job and returned to Mui Tsz Lam with a plan to revitalise the village where he grew up.
It wasn’t an easy task. He had to overcome opposition from some village elders and wait years to receive the government subsidies to realise his dream.
Finally, in 2019, CLP restored electricity to Mui Tsz Lam and other nearby Hakka villages. With only rough tracks leading to the villages, engineers cut their way through dense undergrowth to set up pole-mounted transformers, and laid five kilometres of underground cables to put Mui Tsz Lam on the grid.
The two-year long power supply project lit up the villages and the lives of their communities. Mui Tsz Lam has since become a popular spot for visitors. It has a display of wall art by emerging artists and an architectural study is currently being carried out on Tsang’s own ancestral home.