The HKSQ Quality of Life (QoL) Series had launched since 2013 and it aims to bring social activities to our members other than professional seminars, workshops or visits. Mr. CP Chow (Former Chairman, HKSQ) is our leader to introduce different historical location in Hong Kong to us. In this year, "Ping Shan Heritage Trail Walking Tour" was organized by Hong Kong Society for Quality (HKSQ) on 1st April 2017. The Ping Shan Heritage Trail was inaugurated on 12 December 1993. Stretching about 1.6 km in length, the Trail meanders through Sheung Cheung Wai (上璋圍), Hang Tau Tsuen (坑頭村) and Hang Mei Tsuen (坑尾村). It links up a number of traditional Chinese buildings within easy walking distance of each other to provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about traditional life in the New Territories. In this morning, we gathered in the Tin Shui Wai West Rail MTR Station.
In the beginning, Mr. CP Chow led us to go to the Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda (聚星楼). It was built by the seventh-generation ancestor, Tang Yin-tung, to avoid evil spirits from the north, prevent floods and help the Tangs win a title in the imperial examination. He also explained the decoration of each corner was the tail of phoenix.
Then he demonstrated the map for today walking way.
After that CP said if you walked around the Pagoda 3 times in anticlockwise direction, you may get a lucky to become an officer in the government.
Minda and I took a photo in front of the Pagoda for memory.
We then walked to the Declared Monument – Tat Tak Communal Hall (達德公所) which was built in 1857. Now it was under maintenance by government.
CP also briefed the road temple to us and then we went to Sheng Cheung Wai (上璋圍).
We visited the old well and took a group photo. CP said men went to the temple and women with children talking around the well in the past.
The next station was Tang temple which had long history with scholar award in Qing dynasty.
Here is the Imperial Academy (Hanlinyuan -翰林院) and the name “庶吉士” means the trainee or post-graduate student.
We took a group photo in front of the Hanlinyuan.
Outside the Hanlinyuan, there were some special snacks for sell, it tasted very good!
After that we went to the entrance hall of Shut Hing Study Hall (述卿書室) which established in 1874. Inside was Hung Shing Temple (洪聖宮).
Visited the Tang Ancestral Hall, we went to Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery. We climbed a small high land and then reached the gallery.
CP said the gallery was policy station in the past and the top was in Red color. It was because the village sharp like crab related to Feng Shui in the past. So British knew that and asked people to use red color indicating that crab was well cooked! After 1997, the color was changed to be green again.
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20130126 - The historical visit to Sheung Wan Hong Kong Island for the past 100 years (港島上環區百年變遷考察)
20130914 - HKSQ Tour to Heritage Sites of Central District
20140112: HKSQ Oyster Shucking and Wine Pairing Workshop - https://qualityalchemist.blogspot.hk/2014/01/hksq-oyster-shucking-and-wine-pairing.html
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