TIMELINE 2007 Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen declares a high-speed rail link with Guangzhou is one of Hong Kong's 10 major infrastructure projects. The project is to be completed by 2014. November 2008 Choi Yuen Tsuen in Shek Kong is found to lie along the railway route and its villagers are told to move away before November 2010 so that construction can start. Villagers claim they had known nothing about the plan until it was gazetted and refuse to make way, saying there will be 'no removal or demolition'. January 2010 The Choi Yuen Tsuen Concern Group petitions the government, supported by activists from the so-called post-1980s generation. The group asks that the rail route be shifted to neighbouring areas. It collects 14,000 signatures through the petition, but the government refuses to meet the villagers or consider their demands. February The government presents a HK$2 billion compensation package to the 150 affected villagers. Most accept the offer, but the concern group says the government should also bear the responsibility of searching for a suitable piece of land in the New Territories to relocate the villagers and to permit them to resume farming. August A housing site for the villagers is found at Yuen Kong San Tsuen, Pat Heung. They buy it at HK$125 per square foot with the help of Heung Yee Kuk chairman Lau Wong-fat. The government grants approval in more than half of the 86 applications to resume farming on the new land. November Some villagers refuse again to leave Choi Yuen Tsuen because they cannot start building new homes on the Pat Heung land unless they pay landlords HK$5 million for road rights. Construction work for the new village is suspended until the road access issue is resolved. January 2011 Villagers and activists climb onto a bulldozer during clearance work at Choi Yuen Tsuen in an attempt to stop it from razing down their houses. They also clash with government workers and MTR Corp security guards. February A mystery benefactor buys the road access rights and donates it to the kuk. The concern group demands that the kuk ensure the villagers can use the road permanently.