Attraction Sheung Cheung Wai, Yuen Long District, City of Fanling, Hong Kong, China Published on: 05-08-2016
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Why Ping Shan Heritage Trail is special ?
Ping Shan Heritage Trail is the Hong Kong's first ever heritage trail features historic buildings belonging to the Tangs, the first and the most powerful of the 'Five Clans'. The first of its kind in Hong Kong, the Ping Shan Heritage Trail was inaugurated on 12 December 1993. Stretching about 1.6 km in length, the Trail meanders through Hang Mei Tsuen, Hang Tau Tsuen and Sheung Cheung Wai. It links up a number of traditional Chinese buildings within easy walking distance of each other to provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about traditional life in the New Territories in a convenient half-day excursion.
What to explore at Ping Shan Heritage Trail?
The Ping Shan Heritage Trail takes you on a journey through three villages and past temples, ancestral halls and a walled village, in a historical part of Hong Kong that has been populated by the Tang people since the late Yuan dynasty (1271–1368).
The first point of interest along the trail is the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, right outside the station. Hong Kong’s oldest pagoda, Tsui Shing Lau, is believed to have been built in 1486. And the end point is The Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery cum Heritage Trail Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre is housed within the Old Ping Shan Police Station, which was constructed in 1899 and is one of the few remaining pre-war police stations in the New Territories.
The Ping Shan Heritage Trail retains certain traditional customs to this day, such as the organization of various ceremonies during festivals. They not only symbolize the folk culture of the Tang Clan, but also reflect the traditional and unique characteristics of life in Hong Kong’s New Territories.
How to get to Ping Shan Heritage Trail?
MTR Tin Shui Wai Station, Exit C. Turn left on Tin Fuk Road and left again onto Ping Ha Road. The Ping Shan Heritage Trail will be signposted on your left hand side. It’s about a 10-minute walk.
- A unique bit of Old China in Hong Kong
- See the History for Yourself
- Great for history and culture seekers
- A bit of Hong Kong history
- The ideal trip for a day out
Sheung Cheung Wai, Yuen Long District, City of Fanling, Hong Kong, China
Tips for you
Sure it's kind of out of the way for the average visitor, but I assure you it's definitely worth your time. I alighted at Tin Shui Wai MTR and crossed the road to get to the first stop of the trail, which is the pagoda. The female guard of the pagoda then instructed me to walk further down the road to get to Sheung Cheung Wai, the second stop of the trail which is a walled village, a common structure and way of living in New Territories. And the trail continued from thereon, the good thing about this heritage trail is that it's totally self-guided. You're essentially guiding yourself through the trail which is located in a place which is still inhabited til this day, so at times it felt like I was intruding into the villagers' privacy, yet at the same time it felt like I wasn't doing anything that warranted negative attention from the villagers and their dogs. Some of the structures you stop by are historical monuments which tell a story about the history of the village, hidden amongst the three-storey houses of the village, it's easy and tempting at the same time to veer off course but once you get to the end it's totally worth the time and effort spent navigating yourself through the trail. I spent a wonderful afternoon walking the trail and Yuen Long struck me as a sometimes quaint and interesting place of HK. If you're someone who's not into constant shopping and sightseeing at the usual popular tourist spots and relishes going off the beaten path, Ping Shan should be one of the stops you make during your stay here.