Old chinese villeages are always shown on the list of Hong Kong heritage. Now, I want you to experience one the walled chinese structure willage -- Lo Wai Walled Village.
Lo Wai, situated west of the Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, it is the first built of the five renowned walled villages in Lung Yeuk Tau, Fanling. Lo Wai Walled Village was established by the Tang clan whose ancestors branched out from the main Tang settlement in Kam Tin in the 13th century. In January 1997, Lo Wai was declared a monument.
Constructed on a small hill, Lo Wai is a village enclosed by brick walls on four sides. The present village entrance tower is not the original one which faced the north but was relocated towards the east in order to achieve better fung shui. Villagers believed the narrowness of the entrance was meant to facilitate defence of the village.Although the wai has undergone changes with the entrance tower relocated, most of the original village wall and the layout of the village still exist.
You can see the wall show in the picture are the original wall of the old village
The opening hour of the village is from 9:00am – 5:00pm daily. But please pay attendation to avoid disturbance to local residents, the interior of Lo Wai is not open to the public.
If you can spend more in Hong Kong, I recommend you can have a heritage walk in Fanling. Actually, Lo Wai Walled Village is a part of the trail. This heritage walk is the second heritage trail established by the Hong Kong Government and covers an area known locally as the "Mountain of the Leaping Dragon". The trail takes walkers through 11-century-old villages (called tsuen in Chinese), five of them enclosed or walled (called wai) to keep out bandits or marauders. Are you interested in this heritage walk? I will give you more detail next week. See you.