I planned for this visit for a month until this last few very special saturday back in December. Thanks to the MTR, this heritage trail is just right outside the MTR station. Took me a few seconds to figure out where to start.
The first structure that anyone could see clearly is the an ancient tower.
Situated to the north of Sheung Cheung Wai, the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda (Pagoda of Gathering Stars) is the only ancient pagoda in Hong Kong. According to the genealogy of the Tang clan in Ping Shan, the pagoda was built by Tang Yin-tung of the 7th generation more than 600 years ago. It’s also a declared monument in Hong Kong. (an excerpt from the Gov. web)
The tower has several stories and there were stairs to get to the top. But nowadays, it’s too narrow and aged for visitors to go up. So they removed the stairs instead. Several statues inside now for worshipping.
There were still quite plenty of old remains of village – such as stone built houses, temples and ancestral halls.
Some old style fortune banners are still sticking on some of the main entrances to bring the house luck and bless for safety.
A shot of the Yeung Hau temple. With 3 gods for worshipping, a must stop to receive blessings from!
I love this stone/brick house, makes me feel like I traveled back in time!
The floor plan of this ancestral hall is similar to those you see in the “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” right?! There’s actually a kung fu Master/legend in the Ping Shan area. One of his disciples actually demonstrated the fusion style of the Ping Shan – Tang’s moves in here at a video from the heritage museum. The Kung fu style is a mix of Shaolin and southern style. I don’t know how to call it exactly,,,sorry about this. But i was told that the kung fu was taught to the Ping Shan villagers in order to fight crime, especially those days there were pirates and crop thieves. The villagers formed a security team to protect everyone in the area. Some weapons and tools were shown of how they were trained.
These are the famous ‘door gods’ to protect you from the evil/ghosts/anything hostile/bad from your house.
This old man IS a top contributor of many historic items and traditions in the museum. An interview was done at the same spot from a video i saw at the museum. He’s much older now. He knows a lot about the tradition of the Tang’s community. Next time greet him with smile when you see him.
Next, a very pleasant surprise. The company that i’m working now is in a commercial building in a city district. If I tell you the company that I’m working now has a long history dated back in the 50s, and the old site is actually still around untouched, abandoned in front of me. Would you believe it!? Yes! This rural area is giving me a huge surprise. I was a little moved, coz the boss that I see everyday is still around in his 90+ now.
I spent some time taking pictures of this place knowing one day it would be gone or i’m not longer with the company. It makes perfect sense to remember this place.
It was a factory for animal feeds. Many of these companies have moved across the border to China for cheaper operating costs and rent.
This white building was the former Ping Shan Police Station. It’s now turned into a museum. It has some showcases of how the villagers lived, their costumes, customs, and many odd items. I love the videos that they’ve documented from the indigenous Tang’s clan people and decendants. They are real, intangible, meaningful part of history. I truly enjoyed it.
The chinese roof structures can still be found here.
Chinese pancetta!!! Yum
This concludes my visit. A memorable place to see out of all the heritage trails in Hong Kong. This one has the whole package not so broken up like the one in Hong Kong Island.