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April 2021

A retirement home for deities.

Exploring Waterfall Bay, Wah Fu.

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Today is Easter Sunday, I didn't want to do a long hike, as it is starting to get hot and humid here, so I decided to head to Waterfall Bay in Wah Fu. This is a place I have read a lot about recently and have been meaning to visit for some time. Its appeal is twofold: waterfalls and statues. Wah Fu itself was built as a public housing estate in 1967 and renovated in 2003.

To get to Wah Fu I took the MTR to Hong Kong University Station exit A2, then took the 40M bus to Wah Fu Commercial Complex. From there, I walked down Wah Fu Road onto Waterfall Bay Road and into Waterfall Bay Park.

Flowers in Central as I made my way to Wah Fu.

Flowers in Central as I made my way to Wah Fu.

Flowers in Wah Fu.

Flowers in Wah Fu.

Flowers in Wah Fu.

Flowers in Wah Fu.

Wah Fu.

Wah Fu.

The odd thing about visiting here is that much of what I went to see is considered too dangerous for the general public to access, so to get to it, I had to climb fences, bypass spikes and walk rather unstable bridges!!! Apparently this is because there have been several drownings in this area and the government has closed it off.

Some of the fences you need to climb.

Some of the fences you need to climb.

Fences and Spikes.

Fences and Spikes.

More fences to climb.

More fences to climb.

While wandering around this area, I came across several lovely viewpoints, even on a dull day. I also saw a rather chubby squirrel, almost not worth mentioning back home, but they are unusual here.

Boat on Lamma <br />Channel.

Boat on Lamma
Channel.

View towards Lamma.

View towards Lamma.

Hungry Squirrel.

Hungry Squirrel.

Waterfall Bay is called after a huge waterfall that used to be used by sailors to replenish their fresh water supplies when they were on long sea voyages to places such as: China, Macau, Malacca or Galle. The waterfall used to be much bigger than it is now. There is a watercolour painting of it by William Havell dating from 1816 and showing it as around three times its current size. When Pok Fu Lam Reservoir was built in 1863, many mountain streams that fed into this waterfall were dammed, thus greatly reducing the water supply to the waterfall.

There are lots of ghost stories associated with Waterfall Bay. Apparently a group of pirates came here for fresh water at some point during the Quing Dynasty then massacred villagers in a settlement nearby. There are also stories about a lady in a long white dress who has been seen here. She's normally seen from the back. She has long flowing hair. If you approach her and she turns and looks at you, you will see she has no face. She is a water spirit and will pull you under the water and drown you. Fortunately, I m not superstitious, so I wasn't put off by these legends. I rather think Hong Kong people just like being scared.

Waterfall at Waterfall Bay, Wah Fu, Hong Kong.

Waterfall at Waterfall Bay, Wah Fu, Hong Kong.

At the Waterfall.

At the Waterfall.

At the Waterfall.

At the Waterfall.

At the Waterfall.

At the Waterfall.

At the Waterfall.

At the Waterfall.

I don't normally do selfies but today I did.

I don't normally do selfies but today I did.

Flowers next to the falls.

Flowers next to the falls.

Waterfall Bay overlooks Lamma Island and the Lamma Channel. As this is a fairly strategic position, it was used as a defensive position by the British during World War II. There are remains of a pillbox here and at one time there was also a searchlight called the Lyon Light. The pillbox was used as a bunker by Allied soldiers during the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941.

War Remains.

War Remains.

War Remains.

War Remains.

War Remains.

War Remains.

Camping by the waterfall.

Camping by the waterfall.

Camping.

Camping.

Impressive Tree.

Impressive Tree.

Shoreline.

Shoreline.

The other special thing about this area is the deities' retirement home. Chinese people are very superstitious. They would never desecrate one of their statues of their gods, but statues break, statue owners die. What do you do with all those leftover statues? It would be bad luck to throw them away. The answer is - you bring them here to Waterfall Bay. First, there were just a few statues, then around thirty years ago a resident of the nearby Wah Fu Estate decided to look after them. He even cemented them to a cliff so they would not get broken in bad weather. People heard about this and took their unwanted statues here. The same resident looked after them. He accepts statues from any religion: Taoist, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian. All of them live in harmony here. Apparently this resident still visits the statues twice a day.

I wonder if I met one of his helpers today as a Chinese man got into photos and posed with the statues and invited me to look around. I know he isn't the resident who started taking in statues of the deities because I found an article about him with pictures of him. He is much older. I couldn't really communicate well with this man, but he was very friendly and welcoming.

While the waterfall side of Waterfall Bay Park has all the ghostly legends, apparently the statue side has perfect Feng Shui and abounds in positive energy. Personally, I really liked both sides of the park.

I think this is one of the people who looks after the deities.

I think this is one of the people who looks after the deities.

Monkey god.

Monkey god.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Lucky Tree.

Lucky Tree.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Assortment of deities.

Near the statues there is an area where brave locals go swimming in the sea. I say brave, not because there is anything wrong with swimming in the sea here, but because in this area whenever a boat passes, which is frequently, the sea gets very, very rough and you risk being thrown against rocks. I love swimming and am delighted that since April 1st beaches and swimming pools have reopened here, but I still wouldn't jump in in this area. I have however been really enjoying our pool back home.

Area where people go swimming.

Area where people go swimming.

Swimmers.

Swimmers.

When I had finished viewing the waterfall and the deities' retirement home. I climbed to the top of the waterfall. This involved jumping another fence. I stood on rocks next to the starting point of the waterfall until I started to succumb to vertigo and decided this maybe wasn't a good idea. I also took a look at the beautiful stream feeding into the waterfall.

View from above.

View from above.

Stream.

Stream.

Stream.

Stream.

Bridge.

Bridge.

At the top of the falls.

At the top of the falls.

View from the top of the falls.

View from the top of the falls.

View from the top of the falls.

View from the top of the falls.

Taking this photo from the top of the falls made me dizzy.

Taking this photo from the top of the falls made me dizzy.

Then I crossed a tiny bridge, headed towards another fence that needed to be climbed and set off in the direction of Cyberport Waterfront Park. This is a pleasant park where even on a dull day lots of people had gathered to pitch their tent and have a picnic, fly their kite, go fishing, ride their bicycle or walk their dog. Walking your dog here however may not be a good idea. For many years Hong Kong has had a dog poisoner who has never been caught. He used to operate on Bowen Road. Now he's moved to Cyberport. Of course, it may or may not be the same person, but there were warning signs everywhere about dog poisonings and posters telling people to love and cherish animals. Many people were still walking their dogs here though most were under tight control on a leash. There were also some rather amusing, I thought, guidelines on what to do when you encounter a wild boar.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Pleasant views on walk to park.

Entrance to the park.

Entrance to the park.

View along the park.

View along the park.

Poster about the dog poisoner.

Poster about the dog poisoner.

Still walking their dogs but keeping them on a leash.

Still walking their dogs but keeping them on a leash.

Be Kind to Animals Poster.

Be Kind to Animals Poster.

The dos and don'ts of encountering wild boars.

The dos and don'ts of encountering wild boars.

Flying Kites in the Park.

Flying Kites in the Park.

Camping in the park.

Camping in the park.

View of Pok Fu Lam.

View of Pok Fu Lam.

Cyberport.

Cyberport.

Cyberport Mall.

Cyberport Mall.

After the park I walked towards Cyberport Mall then took a minibus to Kennedy Town where I took the MTR back home.

Posted by irenevt 13:50 Archived in Hong Kong Comments (4)

Climbing the Levelled Hill.

Walking the Ping Shan Heritage Trail

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Yesterday I decided to walk the Ping Shan Heritage Trail. To get there I took the MTR West Rail Line to Tin Shui Wai and exited through exit E. On one side of the rail line here, there are the huge tower blocks of Tin Shui Wai and on the other side lots of low level, traditional rural villages. The Ping Shan Heritage Trail was inaugurated on the 12th of December 1993. It goes through three villages: Hang Tau Tsuen, Hang Mei Tsuen and Sheung Cheung Wai and includes several beautiful old Chinese buildings. Interspersed with the buildings which are actually mentioned on the trail, there are many other lovely old buildings, too, plus lots of colourful flowers around the village houses

Ping means level or peaceful and Shan means mountain or hill. Ping Shan probably means levelled hill as most of this area is actually quite flat. Before going on this walk, I read several reviews of this trail and they were really mixed. Some people loved it, others said there was nothing to see here and it was not worth the trek. I absolutely loved it. I think it depends very much on whether you like historical sights or not. I certainly do, plus it was a fantastic place for taking photos. Every building on the trail was free entry. Some had attendants, some didn't, but basically everyone just left me alone to wander wherever I wanted and take as many pictures as I liked to me that is bliss.

The villages in this area largely belonged to the Tang Clan. One of their ancestors, Tang Hon-fat, came to the Guangdong area around 960 A.D. Later his great grandson, Tang Fu-hip, expanded his ancestral home into what is now known as Kam Tin walled village in the New Territories. Then in the twelfth century another descendant, Tang Yuen-ching, moved his family from Kam Tin to Ping Shan where he established three walled villages and six non-walled villages. He also built ancestral halls, study halls, temples and a pagoda.

To find my way around the trail I used a map that I had found online. There are occasional signposts dotted around with this map on them. The map is necessary as there are not many signs around telling people where to go. I thought I had done everything on the trail, but later realised I had actually missed one sight. Oh well, such is life.

Trail Map.

Trail Map.

If you exit Tin Shui Wai Station through exit E3, you will end up in the light rail station. If you exit from there and go left, despite a sign post telling you to go the other way, you will come to the Tat Tak Communal Hall. This hall served as a place to assemble, a place to worship and as the management office of a market. It dates from 1857. It was here in 1899 that Tang Clan members met up to organise armed resistance to the British takeover of the New Territories. What I liked best about here, and most of the other buildings, was if you looked hard enough, you could find lots of beautiful little details on the walls, on the roof, in the windows and on the doors.

Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Courtyard inside Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Courtyard inside Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Courtyard.

Courtyard.

Courtyard.

Courtyard.

Courtyard.

Courtyard.

Courtyard.

Courtyard.

Doorways inside Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Doorways inside Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Door god.

Door god.

Door god.

Door god.

Window inside Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Window inside Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Window.

Window.

There wasn't much furniture inside the hall.

There wasn't much furniture inside the hall.

These wooden banners depict a verse or saying..

These wooden banners depict a verse or saying..

There were lots of beautiful paintings on the walls and roofs.

There were lots of beautiful paintings on the walls and roofs.

Flowers and Birds Paintings.

Flowers and Birds Paintings.

Flowers and Birds Paintings.

Flowers and Birds Paintings.

Dragons and an Ox, maybe.

Dragons and an Ox, maybe.

Inside the Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Inside the Tat Tak Communal Hall.

Nearby to the hall I noticed a rooster statue and a little shrine.

Rooster.

Rooster.

Shrine next to the rooster.

Shrine next to the rooster.

I then headed towards the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda which means the Pagoda of Gathering Stars. Apparently this is the only ancient pagoda in Hong Kong. It was built by Tang Yin-tung more than six hundred years ago. It is a thirteen metre tall, three-storied hexagonal building. Unfortunately, it is only possible to visit the ground floor. There is a little shrine inside. At one time the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda was located at the mouth of a river, though this has now silted up. The pagoda's feng shui was supposed to ward off evil spirits and prevent flooding. Another aspect of the pagoda's feng shui was its alignment with Castle Peak Mountain was supposed to ensure success for clan members in the imperial civil service examinations.

Pagoda.

Pagoda.

Pagoda.

Pagoda.

Inside the Pagoda.

Inside the Pagoda.

After visiting the pagoda I set off towards the earth god shrine. On route I passed a pleasant pond which was filled with reeds and ducks. I say pond but maybe this was at one time part of the river which has since silted up. Either way it was a very pleasant spot.

At the River.

At the River.

At the River.

At the River.

At the River.

At the River.

Not far from the pond there is a shrine to the earth god. Apparently altars like this are commonly found in traditional Chinese villages. The earth god is the protector of the village. His shrine is generally a simple brick structure.

Earth god shrine.

Earth god shrine.

Earth god shrine.

Earth god shrine.

Earth god shrine.

Earth god shrine.

Dragon at Earth god shrine.

Dragon at Earth god shrine.

I noticed there were some beautiful flowers around in this area and rather strangely a bicycle dangling from a tree.

Village House.

Village House.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Dangling Bicycle.

Dangling Bicycle.

After visiting the earth god shrine, I visited Sheung Cheung Wai which is a walled village. At one time it was surrounded by a moat. At the end of the central path there is a little shrine. The streets in here are quite narrow. This was one of my favourite parts of the trail, but I've just realised it is actually private property and I wasn't supposed to go in.

Flowers outside the walled village.

Flowers outside the walled village.

Walled Village.

Walled Village.

Entrance to the walled village.

Entrance to the walled village.

In the walled village.

In the walled village.

In the walled village.

In the walled village.

In the walled village.

In the walled village.

Walled Village Shrine.

Walled Village Shrine.

Walled Village Shrine.

Walled Village Shrine.

I've been struggling to understand why Chinese people would have a god with a crocodile head. That sounds much more like Ancient Egypt to me, but I think the mystery is solved. The villages here used to compete against each other in dragon boat races. When their river silted up and was partially drained, which was why I thought it might be a pond, they buried the hulls of their dragon boats and gave the dragon heads to each village to place in their village shrine. So this crocodile like creature is a dragon, much more Chinese.

Far side of walled village.

Far side of walled village.

Far side of walled village.

Far side of walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Narrow street in walled village.

Fancy Doorways.

Fancy Doorways.

The next sight after the walled village was the former village well which is now filled with fish. This well was built by residents of Hang Tai Tsuen more than two hundred years ago. It used to be the drinking water supply for Hang Tai Tsuen and Sheung Cheung Wai. Again there were nice village houses and colourful flowers around here.

Village Well.

Village Well.

Former Village Well.

Former Village Well.

Fish in the former village well.

Fish in the former village well.

Fish in the former village well.

Fish in the former village well.

Village House.

Village House.

Flowers outside village house.

Flowers outside village house.

Village Street.

Village Street.

Flowers on a Village Street.

Flowers on a Village Street.

After the well I visited Yeung Hau Temple which is dedicated to the deity Hau Wong. He was a Song dynasty general who gave up his life to protect the last two Song Dynasty Emperors. He is worshipped for his bravery and loyalty. The temple is several hundred years old. It houses three deities Hau Wong, To Tei - the earth god and Kam Fa, patron saint of expectant mothers. There are some lovely paintings in this temple.

Yeung Hau Temple.

Yeung Hau Temple.

Yeung Hau Temple.

Yeung Hau Temple.

Yeung Hau Temple.

Yeung Hau Temple.

Hau Wong.

Hau Wong.

To Tei.

To Tei.

Kam Fa.

Kam Fa.

Inside the temple.

Inside the temple.

Inside the temple.

Inside the temple.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

View from Yeung Hau Temple.

View from Yeung Hau Temple.

Yeung Hau Temple.

Yeung Hau Temple.

Next on the list was the Tang Ancestral Hall which was built by Tang Fung-shun about seven hundred years ago. This is still used for worship, festivals, ceremonies and clan meetings. This building consists of three halls and two internal courtyards. There's an elevated red sandstone pathway in the front courtyard which suggests that one of the Tang clansmen once held a high ranking position in the Imperial government.

Entrance, Tang Ancestral Hall.

Entrance, Tang Ancestral Hall.

School Children Carrying out a Project, Tang Ancestral Hall.

School Children Carrying out a Project, Tang Ancestral Hall.

School Children Carrying Out a Project, Tang Ancestral Hall.

School Children Carrying Out a Project, Tang Ancestral Hall.

Tang Ancestral Hall.

Tang Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard Tang Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard Tang Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Tang Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Tang Ancestral Hall.

View Through Circular Door, Tang Ancestral Hall.

View Through Circular Door, Tang Ancestral Hall.

View Through Circular Door, Tang Ancestral Hall.

View Through Circular Door, Tang Ancestral Hall.

Drums in Tang Ancestral Hall.

Drums in Tang Ancestral Hall.

Photo of Festival in Tang Ancestral Hall.

Photo of Festival in Tang Ancestral Hall.

Next door to the Tang Ancestral Hall is the Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall. This was constructed in the sixteenth century by two members of the Tang Clan: Tang Sai-ying and Tai Sai-chiu. As well as being an ancestral hall, this building has also been a school. The Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall has three halls and two courtyards. There was a beautiful silk wall hanging on display here, as well as some dragon dance costumes and lots of bonsai trees. The silk wall hanging was made to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of an important lady member of the Tang Clan. It shows the goddess of longevity and tells the story of the lady's son and son-in-law who were able to attend the sixtieth birthday of General Gao Ziyi of the Tang Dynasty.

Tang and Yu Kiu Ancestral Halls.

Tang and Yu Kiu Ancestral Halls.

Entrance, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Entrance, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Courtyard, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Shrine, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Shrine, Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Dragon in Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Dragon in Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

The rest of the dragon.

The rest of the dragon.

Detail of Ancestral Hall Roofs.

Detail of Ancestral Hall Roofs.

Details of Ancestral Hall Roofs.

Details of Ancestral Hall Roofs.

Silk Hanging.

Silk Hanging.

Detail of Silk Hanging.

Detail of Silk Hanging.

Detail of Silk Hanging.

Detail of Silk Hanging.

Detail of Silk Hanging.

Detail of Silk Hanging.

Detail of silk hanging.

Detail of silk hanging.

Bonsai Trees.

Bonsai Trees.

There was another old building next to the Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall. I'm not sure what it was. I could only go into the courtyard The rest of the building was closed. In this area there was also a large square now being used as a car park, old cannons, a strangely dumped vehicle and some beautiful houses and again lots of flowers.

Building next to Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Building next to Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Building next to Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Building next to Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall.

Cannon.

Cannon.

Village House.

Village House.

Bicycles on a village street.

Bicycles on a village street.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Firecrackers round a door.

Firecrackers round a door.

A tricky parking manoeuvre.

A tricky parking manoeuvre.

Washing drying in a narrow street.

Washing drying in a narrow street.

Village Shrine.

Village Shrine.

Narrow Streets.

Narrow Streets.

The next building on the trail was the Kun Ting Study Hall. I thought this was the most beautiful of all the buildings due to its decorated blue wooden panels and stain glass doors. The Kun Ting Study Hall was built in 1870 by Tang Heung-chuen in memory of his father, Tang Kun-ting. The study hall provided facilities for ancestor worship and education. It has two halls and one courtyard. In 1899 the British turned this study hall into a police station and land office. The Kun Ting Study Hall was beautifully restored in 1991 using funds from a donation given by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Entrance, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Entrance, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Interior, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Interior, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Beautiful Courtyard, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Beautiful Courtyard, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Courtyard, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Courtyard, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Shutters, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Shutters, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Stain Glass Shutters, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Stain Glass Shutters, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Stain Glass,  Kun Ting Study Hall.

Stain Glass, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Doors, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Doors, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Detail Kun Ting Study Hall.

Detail Kun Ting Study Hall.

Detail Kun Ting Study Hall.

Detail Kun Ting Study Hall.

Detail Kun Ting study Hall.

Detail Kun Ting study Hall.

Painting in Kun Ting Study Hall.

Painting in Kun Ting Study Hall.

Furniture, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Furniture, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Shrine, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Shrine, Kun Ting Study Hall.

Fancy Car parked outside the study hall.

Fancy Car parked outside the study hall.

Directly next door to the Kun Ting Study Hall is the Ching Shu Hin Building. This was a guest house for prominent visitors and scholars. It is connected to the Kun Ting Study Hall by a small footbridge on the first floor. This building had bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms and a lobby. At one time it was lavishly decorated with carved panels and murals This was also restored in 1993 using a Hong Kong Jockey Club Donation. The interior was lovely and dark and cool here, a welcome escape from the outside sun.

Entranceway.

Entranceway.

Entranceway.

Entranceway.

Beautiful Decorations adorn the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Beautiful Decorations adorn the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Courtyard.

Courtyard.

Looking at the Upper stories of the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Looking at the Upper stories of the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Shady Passages in the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Shady Passages in the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Shady Passages in the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Shady Passages in the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Circular Doorways, in the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Circular Doorways, in the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Furniture in the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Furniture in the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Inside the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Inside the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Oddly Shaped Door.

Oddly Shaped Door.

Kitchens, the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Kitchens, the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Stairway, the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Stairway, the Ching Shu Hin Building.

Ching Shu Hin.

Ching Shu Hin.

Next I crossed Ping Ha Road in search of the entrance to Shing Hut Study Hall. On route I passed another village shrine. It took me a while to find the Shing Hut Study Hall as I did not realise it had been demolished except for its entranceway which was now incorporated into several village houses. I didn't mind wandering aimlessly though as the village houses here were lovely and there were so many plants and beautiful old trees. I think I ended up photographing the whole of the village. I even loved all their doorways. There were several old buildings here that had new buildings added on and appeared to be lived in.

Village Shrine

Village Shrine

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Doorways.

Doorways.

Doorways.

Doorways.

Doorway and Basket.

Doorway and Basket.

Beautiful Bird of Paradise Flowers.

Beautiful Bird of Paradise Flowers.

Old Blends with New.

Old Blends with New.

Village houses and Flowers.

Village houses and Flowers.

Village houses and Flowers.

Village houses and Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Run down House.

Run down House.

Bicycles.

Bicycles.

Interesting Tree.

Interesting Tree.

Village House.

Village House.

Entrance of Shut Ying Study Hall.

Entrance of Shut Ying Study Hall.

Entrance of Shut Ying Study Hall.

Entrance of Shut Ying Study Hall.

Then I walked back to Ping Ha road and turned right to walk to Hung Shing Temple. This was located on a pretty little square and was next to an important looking building that was not part of the trail. I don't suppose it was open to the public, but I looked in anyway.

Village Square.

Village Square.

Village Square.

Village Square.

Important looking building next to temple.

Important looking building next to temple.

Important looking building next to temple.

Important looking building next to temple.

Narrow Street.

Narrow Street.

The Hung Shing Temple was built in 1767 and later rebuilt in 1866. It is dedicated Hung Shing, god of fishermen. The temple has two halls and a courtyard. I liked the paintings on its doorway and the dragon incense burner outside.

Outside of Hung Shing Temple.

Outside of Hung Shing Temple.

Dragons Outside Hung Shing Temple.

Dragons Outside Hung Shing Temple.

Hung Shing Temple Doorway.

Hung Shing Temple Doorway.

Detail of Hung Shing Temple Doorway.

Detail of Hung Shing Temple Doorway.

Inside the Hung Shing Temple.

Inside the Hung Shing Temple.

Inside the Hung Shing Temple.

Inside the Hung Shing Temple.

Inside the Hung Shing Temple.

Inside the Hung Shing Temple.

Inside Hung Shing Temple.

Inside Hung Shing Temple.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

Temple Painting.

After that I climbed up the hill to the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery and Heritage Trail Visitors Centre. This is housed in an old colonial building which was once the Ping Shan Police Station. The police stopped using the building in 2001 and it became a visitors centre in 2007. Unfortunately it was closed for renovation when I visited. There was a little sitting out terrace next to the centre which had good views over Yuen Long.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery Stairway.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery Stairway.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery Balcony.

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery Balcony.

View from outside the gallery.

View from outside the gallery.

View.

View.

Then I walked back down the hill passing some lovely buildings on the way. I could have taken the light rail back to my starting point, but it wasn't far to walk so I just wandered back on foot photographing even more flowers and some pretty little cafes on my way back.

Village Buildings.

Village Buildings.

Village Buildings.

Village Buildings.

Orchids.

Orchids.

Papaya Fruit Growing on Tree.

Papaya Fruit Growing on Tree.

Doorway Celebrating Year of the Ox.

Doorway Celebrating Year of the Ox.

Cafe.

Cafe.

Cafe.

Cafe.

Cafe.

Cafe.

Village Street.

Village Street.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Beautiful Flowers.

Rose.

Rose.

That evening Peter and I went out for an Indian meal with a friend to celebrate Peter's seventy-second birthday which was a couple of days ago.

Indian Meal.

Indian Meal.

Indian Meal.

Indian Meal.

Indian Meal.

Indian Meal.

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