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YUEN LONG

Yuen Long is situated in the northwest of the New Territories in a large alluvial plain surrounded by hills on three sides. The district covers Ping Shan Heung, Ha Tsuen Heung, Kam Tin Heung, Pat Heung, San Tin Heung, Shap Pat Heung, Yuen Long Town and Tin Shui Wai.

Tai Wong Temple
Worshippers write down their wishes on red papers and hang them on the coil incenses in order to pray for blessings.

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Tai Wong Temple

Tai Wong Temple is located inside Nam Pin Wai village. It is part of Yuen Long Old Market, which is one of the oldest commercial centres in Hong Kong.

Tai Wong Temple was built for the worship of Hung Shing Wong and Yeung Hau. Hung Shing Wong could predict the weather accurately and enable good harvest so he helped the fishermen and farmers. Yeung Hau was a loyal and brave official during the Southern Song dynasty. He protected the young emperor.
Tai Wong Temple
Tai Wong Temple

Cheung Shing Street is a street separating Nam Pin Wai and Sai Pin Wai villages. It was dividing the centre of the old market. Temples were built to worship and to judge when disputes arose.

Tai Wong Temple
Tai Wong Temple has more than 200 years of history. It is a one-hall building with two courtyards.
Tai Wong Temple

Yuen Long Old Market is surrounded by Nam Pin Wai and Sai Pin Wai, two old wall villages in Yuen Long.

This old house is located in Kwan Lok San Tsuen village and has a beautiful architecture.

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Old house
Old house
Chun Yuen Ngat Pawnshop
The Tsun Yuen Pawnshop is probably the first pawnshop in Hong Kong territory and was founded some 200 years ago. The door is in layers and is a typical design of a Chinese shop.

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Chun Yuen Ngat Pawnshop
New Territories area contain many beautiful private houses. This house is located on Wang Tat Road.
Private house
Private house
Kwun Yum temple
This small Kwun Yum temple is located in Tung Tau Tsuen village. It has been existed for 200 years and visitors may worship and try their fortune there.

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Kwun Yum temple
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
Village entrance


Hung Shing Temple
Today Ping Shan is a starting point for a heritage trail which is dotted with 18 historical sites.
Hung Shing Temple

Tang clan has lived around Ping Shan for 800 years. In year 2007, the Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery opened its doors to the public. More than 40 relics have been donated to the gallery by the Tangs of Ping Shan.

The Hung Shing Temple was constructed by the Tang Clan residing in Ping Shan. The existing structure was rebuilt in 1866 followed by a substantial renovation in 1963.

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Hung Shing Temple
Hung Shing Temple

In year 2006 Ping Shan was the grand winner in the SCMP Preserving Villages series, a project to highlight communities among the 600 surviving New Territories villages that are working to keep alive their heritage and communal traditions.

Hung Shing Temple
The large Ping Shan village and most of the surrounding hamlets were home to the great Tang clan that settled in the northwest New Territories more than 900 years ago.
Hung Shing Temple

Over the centuries, the Tangs built elaborate communal buildings and ancestral halls. Many remain proud living monuments to the clan's power and wealth.

Ching Shu Hin, adjoining Kun Ting Study Hall, was constructed shortly after the completion of the Study Hall in 1870. It was intended to serve as a guest house for prominent visitors and scholars.

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Ching Shu Hin
Ching Shu Hin

The stone-built guest house was a place of rest for passing visitors on the paved pathway that ran from Guangzhou to Dongguan and then through villages down to the magistracy at the walled fortress town of Kowloon.

Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
The ancestral hall was first built in 1273 and repaired three centuries later.
Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
The clan hall used to be the site of the Tat Tak School accommodating several hundred students.

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Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
The roof ridge is decorated with Shiwan ceramic figurines, while the beams are decorated with animals and auspicious motifs.
Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall, is situated adjacent to Tang Ancestral Hall, comprises three halls and two internal courtyards.
Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
This ancestral hall is still used regularly for worship and celebrations of traditional festivals and ceremonies, as well as a meeting place for the Tang clan of Ping Shan.
Tang and Yu Kiu ancestral halls
Yeung Hau Temple, located at Hang Tau Tsuen, is one of the six temples in Yuen Long dedicated to the deity of Hau Wong.

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Yeung Hau Temple
Yeung Hau Temple
Yeung Hau Temple
Yeung Hau Temple is a simple structure, divided into three bays housing the statues of Hau Wong, Kam Fa and To Tei.
Yeung Hau Temple

The Ping Shan Heritage Trail reveals interesting ancient buildings still standing in the Yuen Long district.

The Tsui Shing Lau was erected in about 1486 by a 7th generation Tang clansman. Once seven storeys high, today only three remain. The rest were destroyed in a typhoon. It is Hong Kong's only genuine pagoda from pre-British times.

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Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda
Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda
Tin Shui Wai Park
The Tin Shui Wai Park, which has a total area of 14.8 hectares, is located at the heart of Tin Shui Wai New Town. The Park was fully open to the public in year 1997.

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Tin Shui Wai Park

In year 2006, when a 12-year-old boy was killed hit by a truck, the tragedy ignited a storm of protest from residents with the nearby container storage sites. The controversy is mired in the New Territories' complex town-planning history. The rural area of the New Territories did not have zoning control until 1991. Before the implementation of the Town Planning Ordinance in 1991, the government could only control land use in the rural area through land leases.

Ping Shan village
Ping Shan area remains largely rural and villages spreads over.
Ping Shan village
The Ping Shan Trail, meandering through Hang Mei Tsuen, Hang Tau Tsuen and Sheung Cheung Wai, is about one kilometer long.
Ping Shan village
Ping Shan village


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