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LAI CHI WO

Lai Chi Wo is a nearly abandoned but intact walled village. It is the largest Hakka Village in the north-east New Territories and is on the opposite side of Kat O Island.

Bride's Pool
The hike to Lai Chi Wo can start through Bride's Pool waterfall. Not so much water debit during winter. The best time is during the rainy season.

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Bride's Pool
Wu Kau Tang village is also the start of a nice hike through the Plover Cove country park up to Pak Sha Tau Chau (Harbour Island).
Bride's Pool
Bride's Pool

Since the creation of the Plover Cover reservoir, Pak Sha Tau Chau is no more an islet.



Wu Kau Tang
First big village on the way is Wu Kau Tang. The path from Bride's Pool to Wu Kau Tang is very old with steps made of solid rock.
Wu Kau Tang
Small shrine such as this earth god altar (guarding the "head" of a village) indicates that a village is very close.
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Fierce dragons are displayed on the wall of the Chinese temple.
Wu Kau Tang
In Chinese traditional villages, there is always a nice and colorful temple. Each temple is dedicated to a main god.
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang is consisting of a number of a few interconnected villages.
Wu Kau Tang
As farming became increasingly unprofitable, many farming lands remain idle. There is no more rice fields in Hong Kong.

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Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
On the way to Lai Chi Wo, many villages in remote parts, usually in valleys, have been abandoned due to inaccessibility.
Wu Kau Tang
There is a direct Green Mini Bus 20C from Wu Kau Tang to Tai Po Market MTR Station.
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang is consisting of a number of a few interconnected villages.
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang is famous for its ecological beauty. There are at least 137 butterfly species at Wu Kau Tang.
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Some houses start to fall apart. Many youngsters moved to bigger cities.
Wu Kau Tang
Villages have been abandoned by their occupants, who fled to urban area leaving behing them an agricultural life.

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Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang

Those houses are forty years old.

Wu Kau Tang
Wild vegetation is taking over those ghost villages. Hong Kong's 70% of the territory is rural and sparsely inhabited.
Wu Kau Tang
There is still an old rice separation machine (separation of husks and brown rice).
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
Wu Kau Tang
There is mini bus transportation to go to Wu Kau Tang but this remote house has been abandoned due to inaccessibility.
Wu Kau Tang


Beautiful Mangrove at Sam A Tsuen. There is an old house transformed into a small restaurant selling noddles, fried rice and tofu to hikers. Such restaurant may be opened only during weekend time.

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Sam A Tsuen
Sam A Tsuen
Sam A Tsuen
Small altars can be seen all the way along the path to Lai Chi Wo village. Offerings including incense sticks can be found.
Sam A Tsuen
Beautiful view on San A Tsuen Pier. The boats can bring visitors to some remote islands.
San A Tsuen Pier
San A Tsuen Pier
San A Tsuen Pier
Those tombs have good very Feng Shui (matter of arranging the flow of a space) as they have the mountains in the back and the sea in the front.
San A Tsuen Pier
There is a small stele thanking the donators, who help building this small pier.

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San A Tsuen Pier
San A Tsuen Pier
Sam A Tsueng
Small altars can be seen all the way along the path to Lai Chi Wo village. Offerings including incense sticks can be found.
Sam A Tsuen
On the way to Lai Chi Wo, some old houses have been transformed into small restaurants selling noddles, fried rice and tofu.

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Sam A Tsuen
Sam A Tsuen
Sam A Tsuen
This house in Sam A Tsuen village was built in year 1969.
Sam A Tsuen
Some old houses still have a very interesting neoclassical and traditional Chinese architecture.
Sam A Tsuen
Sam A Tsuen

There is no GSM coverage around Lai Chi Wo when using some Hong Kong telelcom carriers. Only China Mobile can be received so phone calls can become expensive roaming calls!



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