Thursday, March 27, 2014

First Fridays: Ping Shan Heritage Trail

A great alternative to doing a hike is going for a fun nature walk!  Or a Heritage walk!

On this First Friday, I am blogging about my first every Hong Kong Heritage walk.

Hong Kong has two official Heritage Trails, according to the Discover Hong Kong website.  One of them is the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail out in Fanling.  The other is the Ping Shan Heritage Trail which is right outside of the Tin Shui Wai MTR station. 

What:  Seeing historical buildings, monuments, temples, study halls, and residences of the Tang clan

Where:  Tin Shui Wai area

How to get there:  From Tin Shui Wai MTR station, take Exit E down to the Light Rail station, exit the Light Rail and look up.  You should see the back side of the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda, which is the first stop on the Heritage Trail.

More information here.
Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda

Shrine of the Earth god

Sheung Cheung Wai Wall

Yeung Hau Temple
Tang Ancestral Hall and Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall

Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery

Hung Shing Temple

Kun Ting Study Hall and Ching Shu Hin
This trail was great because it was a calm and relaxing walk around a village.  There were plaques on most of the Heritage Sites that told you the history of the building and of the Tang clan.  Plaques also pointed you in the direction of the next stop on the Heritage Trail.

The shots I have here are all of the main buildings along the trail.  Mostly it is the exterior, but you can definitely explore the inside of the temples and residences.

Bring a lunch, set out at around 11 am, explore, then find a place to sit and relax with your friends, and have a picnic.  It took us around an hour and a half to explore!  This area was so beautiful, the locals were so nice, and I learned a lot about the village life of the New Territories.