A Glimpse at the Culture of the Walled Villages
Ping Shan Heritage Trail (The Trail), the first of its kind in Hong Kong, unfolds the history and culture of the old villages. The Trail, meandering through Hang Mei Tsuen, Hang Tau Tsuen and Sheung Cheung Wai, is about one kilometer long. It links up over ten scenic spots most of which are traditional Chinese buildings including Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, Tang Ancestral Hall, Sheung Cheung Wai (a classic walled village), Hung Shing Temple, Yeung Hau Old Temple, Kun Ting Study Hall, Ching Shu Hin (a two-storey building with a guest room for scholars), a shrine and an old well, provides visitors with an opportunity to recapture aspects of life in the New Territories in the old days in a convenient half-day excursion.
The Tang Ancestral Hall was constructed over 700 years ago in the 12th century by the Tang's Clan when they settled in Ping Shan area. The Tsiu Sing Lau Pagoda is the only historical pagoda still found in Hong Kong. The pagoda is said to serve fung shui purposes of preventing flooding and screening out bad lucks. Originally there were seven storeys, but because of weathering the upper four floors have already collapsed and only three floors remain in present days.
Ping Shan Heritage Trail
Address:Ping Shan, Yuen Long.
Opening Hours :
Tang Ancestral Hall (9am – 1pm，2pm – 5pm; close on the first three days of Chinese New Year)
Tsui Shing Lau (9am – 1pm，2pm – 5pm; close on Tuesdays, the first day of January, the first three days of Chinese New Year and the day following Christmas Day)
Transport: take LRT to Ping Shan stop, walk towards Ping Ha Road for about 10 minutes; or take bus Nos. 53, 276 or minibus Nos. 33, 34, 35 in Yuen Long Town Centre, get off at Ping Ha Road; or take West Rail and get off at Tin Shui Wai Station.