The first of its kind in Hong Kong, the Ping Shan Heritage Trail was inaugurated on 12 December 1993.
The district of Ping Shan is distinguished from many others in Hong Kong by its long history. A line of the Tang clan, one of the "Five Great Clans" in the New Territories, has lived in the area since the 12th century. Numerous elegant structures built since that time still stand today, bearing testimony to the historical and social developments that have taken place over the past centuries.
Unique monuments along the trail include Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda (Hong Kong's only ancient pagoda), Tang Ancestral Hall (one of the largest ancestral halls in the territory), Sheung Cheung Wai (a walled village), Kun Ting Study Hall (built for students preparing for the Imperial Civil Service Examination), Hung Shing Temple and Yeung Hau Temple together with several other Chinese buildings. Signposts can be found along the trail to guide the footsteps of visitors, while information boards have been erected at convenient locations to introduce the history of various monuments.
Let us introduce one of the attractions in there - Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda
The Pagoda was built by Tang Yin-tung, the seventh generation ancestor, more than 600 years ago according to the genealogy of the Tang clan of Ping Shan. It is a three-storey hexagonal-shaped green-brick structure and it is about thirteen metres high. On the top floor, a statue of Fui Shing (Champion Star) is worshipped.
The pagoda was built to improve fung shui of the locality so that flooding disasters were prevented to the village. It was also believed that its auspicious location, which is in alignment with Castle Peak, would ensure success for clan members in the Imperial Civil Service Examination. In fact, the Tang clan of Ping Shan has produced numerous scholars and officials.
You can reach the trail via West Rail. The pagoda is right beside Tin Shui Wai station.
From the visitor centre, it's around five minutes walk to Ping Shan light rail station, from where you can ride the light rail to Yuen Long West Rail station.