Liu Ka-shiang

劉克襄

Liu Ka-shiang

Nature writer
Interests: Birds, rural village roads


I’m so lucky to have discovered and fallen in love with Hong Kong’s nature seven years ago.

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Liu Ka-shiang is undeniably an important contemporary nature writer in Taiwan. Since the 1980s, he has published over 50 novels, articles and picture books depicting Taiwan's nature, earning him the title of "The Birdman". From 2006 to 2018, he often travelled to Hong Kong on invitations to be a writer-in-residence by several universities. Taking the opportunity to hike during his free time, he fell in love with the wilderness of Hong Kong. While setting up trekking tours for his fellow Taiwanese, he realised that many have a vague understanding of Hong Kong. Some people, he found, ‘…even form prejudice against Hong Kong’s nature based on their limited, frivolous and confused perspectives on the city.’

It was then that he began writing about the landscapes of Hong Kong on Ming Pao Daily, introducing less-reported features such as old village roads, paths and wetland environments in Hong Kong. After four or five hours trekking in the morning, he would spend the remaining hours of the day at home writing, drawing and mapping, and used his words to illustrate the city’s landscape, flora and fauna, as well as the life and history of the villages.

Collating seven years’ worth of trekking experiences in Hong Kong, he wrote and published Three Fourths of Hong Kong: Across the Mountains, through the Village, Spotting Fung Shui Woods in 2014. In addition to the accolades of the Yazhou Zhoukan Top Ten Good Book and China Times Open Book Award, the book has sold nearly 30,000 copies in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen, drawing unprecedented attention to Hong Kong’s captivating nature. In the preface, Hong Kong writer Ma Ka Fai wrote, “Even nature enthusiasts from Hong Kong would agree: ‘If it wasn’t for Liu Ka-shiang, we wouldn’t know these things about Hong Kong.’"

自然作家
生態愛好:雀鳥、鄉村古道

我何其幸運,早在七年前即迷戀上這一被多數人遺忘的綠色香港

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劉克襄是台灣當代最重要的自然作家,八十年代至今共出版逾50部描繪台灣自然的小說、散文、繪本等,有「鳥人」的稱號。2006年至2018年間,曾多次獲香港大專院校邀請來港擔任駐校作家,並開始走訪香港山野。他組織台灣登山團隊來港行山,卻讓他意識到大家對香港自然只有「輕薄、困惑的粗淺認識⋯⋯甚至形成某一習以為常的偏見」。

於是他開始在《明報》撰文書寫香港山水,並傾向介紹較少人提及的古道、村徑、濕地環境。他會在早上用四、五個小時行山,然後回家用餘下十多小時寫作、繪畫、畫地圖,用文字畫筆記下沿路風光、動植物、村莊生活與歷史。

2014年,他將七年來走過的香港郊野,結集成《四分之三的香港:行山.穿越.遇見風水林》。除榮獲2014年度「亞洲週刊十大好書」與「中國時報開卷好書獎」等獎項,單在台、港、深圳三地已賣出近30,000本的高銷量,更令香港山野之美獲得了前所未有的關注。誠如香港作家馬家輝在該書序言所記,即使是親近綠色生活的香港朋友,也常有「不讀劉克襄的文章,我不知道原來香港也有……」的感概。