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TUEN MUN

Tuen Mun lies in the Western part of the New Territories.

Tuen Tsz Wai village contains a temple worth the visit with an old altar and Chinese deities statues.

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Tuen Tsz Wai
Tuen Tsz Wai

Since 1960s, once-outlying Tuen Mun town has witnessed important urban growth, shifting away from a functions as market town and becoming major residential, shopping, and industrial city surrounded by green belts. Tuen Mun is connected to the urban districts of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island by KCR train and bus.

Tuen Tsz Wai
Tsuen Tsz Wai village contains a temple worth the visit with an old altar and Chinese deities statues.
  1. In the middle, Choi San or Cai Chen is the Deity of Wealth.
  2. On the right, Zhao Gongming is the Military Deity of Wealth. He has a black face and rides on a tiger.
Tuen Tsz Wai

Tuen Mun has 32 villages, including Tuen Tsz Wai.

Like many villages in the New Territories, Tuen Tsz Wai village contains a few very old traditional Chinese houses.
Tuen Tsz Wai
Tuen Tsz Wai
Tuen Tsz Wai
This old traditional Chinese house is unfortunately in bad condition. The external architecture is still in good shape but the vegetation has grown heavily as the house is unoccupied since many years.
Tuen Tsz Wai
Many villages in New Territories have entrance gate. it is flanked with a pair of Guardian Lions. The lions made of stone are situated on both sides of the main entrance gate. The lion on the left is female and has a cub under her paw. The lion on the right is male and has a pearl under his paw.
Village entrance gate
Village entrance gate
Village entrance gate
Many villages in New Territories have entrance gate. Before villages still employed watchmen. The watchmen patrolled the lanes inside the village and also the area around the village. Their duty is to keep watch and to assure local security in the village.
Village entrance gate

Tsing Chuen Wai village is next to Tuen Tsz Wai village. Tsing Chuen Wai is an old walled village.

Tsing Chuen Wai name came from the fact that the village is surrounded by protective walls made of green bricks. Tsing Chuen Wai is mainly populated by the To Clan. The Tin Hau Temple and the Ancestral Hall in the village have great historical value.

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Tsing Chuen Wai entrance
Tsing Chuen Wai entrance

A walled village is usually ending in "wai" and a village without walls is usually ending in "tsuen".

Tsing Chuen Wai boundary wall
The only surviving portion of the original green-brick boundary wall is at the main entrance of the village. This corner is 6m in height, 8m in length towards southeast and 7m towards northeast. There are five loopholes left on the southeastern wall.
Tsing Chuen Wai boundary wall

The size of the wall bricks is generally 29cm x 13cm x 7cm, the typical size of bricks made in Hong Kong during the Ming period. The bricks show high quality of making and firing. Many cracks can be observed on both sides of the remaining corner.

Tsing Chuen Wai elderly villagers gather to chat, rest, watch TV, play mahjong or Chinese chess.
Tsing Chuen Wai
Tsing Chuen Wai
Tsing Chuen Wai
Beautiful decorated door panel from a traditional Chinese house. Tsing Chuen Wai has a lot of historical buildings and relics.
Tsing Chuen Wai
Beautiful decorated door panel from a traditional Chinese house. Tsing Chuen Wa is a rural village with an ancient history.
Tsing Chuen Wai
Tsing Chuen Wai

The Tsing Chuen Wai site has also uncovered abundant Song and Ming ceramic deposits.

Tuen Tsz Wai
Tuen Tsz Wai modern ancestor hall contains many ancestors' old pictures, the dragon or lion dance equipment, the 'Fa Pau' or floral paper offerings to be used for Tin Hau festival.
Tuen Tsz Wai


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