There’s very little that’s actually ‘old’ in Hong Kong – buildings that are past their best are often pulled down to make way for new developments. There are a few colonial buildings dotted here and there and the odd oldish temple but to see some old Chinese architecture you really have to go out of central Hong Kong and explore the New Territories.
The Ping Shan Heritage Trail is a very easy short stroll around an area that has preserved a little of its history. I have to admit that I saw better examples of older Chinese architecture in Guangzhou (see my blog post on that here) but this is the best I’ve seen so far without leaving Hong Kong!
The HK Antiquities and Monuments Office has a map of the Ping Shan trail on their website.
To start the trail, take the MTR to Tin Shui Wai station and leave by Exit C. You should already be able to see the Tsui Sing Lau pagoda from the station exit, so make your way over to that to start the trail.
There is also a handy map by the pagoda. I took a photo of it so we could follow the trail!
The next stop was the Sheung Cheung Wai walled village. There are people still living here!
I have to admit we couldn’t get very excited about the Yeung Hau temple. It probably didn’t help that we didn’t know anything about it, but we have seen quite a few more interesting temples in our time!
I quite liked the fact that there was the odd old building dotted around on the route.
The Tang Ancestral Hall and the Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall are next door to one another. This was probably the most impressive sight on the whole trail (although the parked cars really ruin the photo!).
They were pretty interesting inside too.
My favourite building was the Kun Ting Study Hall. It was just a really pretty example of Chinese architecture.
I think this photo is of the Entrance Hall of the Shut Hing Study Hall, but I can’t quite remember!
The last port of call (for us, as we didn’t go to the Ping Shan Tang Clan gallery) was the Hung Shing Temple. Again, it was hard to get a good photo!
The building next door was also old, but it was being lived in! It had a very scary looking man painted on the main door.
At this point we were very near the Ping Shan light rail station so we caught a train to Yuen Long and got the MTR home.
The Ping Shan Heritage Trail probably took us as far out of central Hong Kong as we’ve been yet but it was very enjoyable – worth a visit if you’ve done all the main sights in HK!
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