The common—and often accurate—view of the Hong Kong sprawl is one of crowds, noise, lights, and capitalism unleashed. The Northern Reaches, however, are quite different. They are only nominally part of the Free Enterprise Zone, more of a rural buffer between the Hong Kong sprawl and the Cantonese sprawl of Shenzhen. Here there are small villages that have changed little in the past centuries. Extended family clans continue to make a living the old fashioned way, farming and fishing. In fact, the rice paddies and soybean farms in the northwest section of this district around Yeun Long supply most of Hong Kong’s small homegrown food supply.
Superstition and religion are thick and powerful here, and the old ways are the preferred ways. But times, they are a-changing. Aztechnology has been eyeing the marshlands as a possible extension to their Natural Vat mycoprotein farms, with the intention of expanding their ever-popular soy and mycoprotein paste foods. So far, though, their success has been limited. The locals just aren’t terribly interested in Aztechnology’s offers and the Big A hasn’t found a way to pressure them yet, since their reach isn’t as deep in Hong Kong as it is in the Americas.