Ping Shan Heritage Trail is one of its kind and the first ever trail that offers a slice of Hong Kong’s colonial history. The trail stretches over a length of 1.6-kilometers, located beside the Tin Shui Wai new town in the Ping Shan area of Yuen Long District of Hong Kong. The heritage trail wanders through the Hang Mei Tsuen village, the Hang Tau Tsuen village and the Sheung Cheung Wai village that includes multiple sights to witness and learn about the historically graded buildings and monuments belonging to the ‘Tangs Clan’ – the first and most influential of the Five Clans that established the roots of Hong Kong.
A half day excursion around Ping Shan Heritage Trail lets the visitors establish an understanding of the traditional life of the human race in the new territories that evolved later in the 12th century during the era of the Yuan Dynasty. The Ping Shan Heritage trail highlights around one of Hong Kong’s ancient Pagoda – the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, a gallery and a hall dedicated to the Tang Clan and their evolvement, a temple, a study hall and various other marvels that mark the dotting journey of Hong Kong’s past.
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Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda: Established in the 12th century, Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda was built by the 7th Generation ancestor of the Tang Clan – Tang Yin-Tung, about 600 years ago. The Pagoda was originally built to enhance the feng shui of the locality to guard it against further flooding disasters. Originally erected as a seven-story tall hexagonal structure, Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda stand as a three-story remnant that still houses a statue of Fui Shing (Champion Star) which is recognized as the god of fortune according to the Cantonese mythology.
Kun Ting Study Hall: Graded as the primary historic building, Kun Ting Study Hall was built in the 1870s for helping the students to prepare for imperial civil service examinations. The Ping Shan Heritage Trail covers the Kun Ting study hall in form of a museum exhibit, which stands as a reinstated remnant of the past showcasing beautifully carved granite columns and blocks base along the portico of two hall building with an enclosed patio.
Shrine of the Earth God: This shrine is dedicated to the deity She Kung believed to be the protector of villages and homes. The site is a simple structure of bricks on which small pieces of stones are placed to represent the presence of God – She Kung, also known as Pak Kung as per the traditional Chinese Mythology.
Sheung Cheung Wai: This is a sturdy walled village consisting of two rows of houses, built almost 200 years ago. The structure entails a gatehouse, shrines and some remnants of old houses enclosed by a green brick wall.
Yeung Hau Temple: Considered as a Grade III historical building by the Hong Kong’s Antiques and Monuments Office, Yeung Hau Temple is dedicated to the deity Hau Wong. The structure of the Yeung Hau Temple is a simple squat building that encloses some shrines along with an open-air altar.
Ching Shu Hin: Considered as the guesthouse for scholars and prominent visitors, Ching Shu Hin drips grandeur and elegance of rich Chinese abode constructed in an L-shaped two-story building. The structures are a feast for eyes decorated with carved brackets and panels, murals, plastered moldings, and patterned grills.
Hung Shing Temple: Formerly constructed by the Tang Clan in 1767 and then re-built in 1866, the Hung Shing Temple which is a simple two-hall building with an open courtyard commemorates the deity Hung Shing who is extensively worshiped by fishermen.
Tang Ancestral Hall and Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall: The Tang Ancestral Hall and Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall are the stars of the Ping Shan Trail built alongside with almost identical designs. The Tang Ancestral Hall is a glorious three-hall structure with two interior spacious courtyards that hosted festivals, clan meetings and ceremonies of the Tang Clan. The Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall was built by two brothers of the 11th generation Tang Clan brothers in the 16th century. The Yu Kiu Hall acted as a school for local children of the Ping Shan Village.