So it was all coincidental that I stumbled into the Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen. It’s known for the last walled village of Hong Kong in the urban area. The village itself was established in 14th century. The size of the village is not as significant as you might think, only 0.4 hectare. There were words about the Government that would take over that piece of ‘valuable’ piece of land for else use. So this unique walled village will be disappear in the future.
The surrounding area is all built with public estates now. Yea,..speaking of monotonous. Gosh,..i just don’t like it. I have said it in the past. I’ll say it again. The public estates and communities are pretty much the same no matter where it’s located. They’re destroying the original landscapes of the area. All the good historical crap would all become memories and quickly washed away by time. Heritage preservation..Hmm..it’s now all about practicality and money..
Being a citizen of Hong Kong, I deserve to visit this place before it’s gone. I document this place by photography; Somehow someone can still see what the village look like before the removal even from my blog post thru the web
Maybe the viewpoint of my photos are too ordinary. In my opinion, by using my own eye level viewpoint is the most ideal way to present this place in photos. It’s also the most realistic way to document a place I’ve visited. Years from now when I look at it again, I know this is exactly what I see from my eyes while wandering outside the village. No close-up or anything. Nothing fancy. Overall details worth a zillion words!
I guess you guys are lucky that you’re still seeing what’s remain before this historic site disappears, although you’re in our Hong Kong community. In our Hong Kong community, there’re not a whole lot of people care or even know about this. The ignorance by the HK community is paying for this undeniable price.
These walled villages, could very well be opened as field studies for school class. I’d not been to any while I was in school. I only remembered myself paying tutor and stayed after school for studies. I never had meaningful field studies from history class…
If you wish to visit some of the old village remains and learn about the lives in the village community, I highly recommend you to spend an afternoon to the Ping Shan’s Clan Heritage Trail
. There’s a museum at the end of the trail, explaining in depth.
If you’re foreign visitors do not have enough time to walk the trail, you may just visit ‘Sam Tung Uk Museum
‘. It features lots of displays, videos, explaining how the ethnic village function as a community in the past, their costume, custom, traditional events, how are they different from the others, etc. A very good attraction if you wish to know about the history of Hong Kong.