Originally a Hakka settlement, many of Cha Kwo Ling's residents worked at the granite quarry from the mid 19th century to the 1940s. The stone was used to build local landmarks, such as the Court of Final Appeal in Central. It was one of 4 old villages in Kowloon, of which only 2 have survived.
The local quarry's appeal declined in the 1950s as they could no longer compete against foreign companies to build Kai Tak airport. The village was still quite isolated at the time, and the waves of newcomers coming from mainland China in the 50s and 60s built squatter homes using metal sheets and stones. Much of the population left in the 90s for public housing, and the village is slated for redevelopment.
Hills make the village's waterfront location a bit secluded, although highrise residentials wrap around behind it.
Behind it is the residential district of Lam Tin, where even the lower and middle classes can get some harbour and skyline views.
Yau Tong is an industrial area by the waterfront that is slowly turning into a residential area as well.
Beyond the hills is the ultra-dense suburb of Tseung Kwan O with many hiking trails among the greenery.