Ping Shan: Collections of Chinese Architectures
Ping Shan, Yuen Long, is one of the most historically significant areas in the city. Meanwhile, the Tang Clan is one of the major clans in the New Territories which has a long and illustrious history. After settling in Ping Shan in the 13th century, the Tang Clan established “Three Wais (walled villages) and Six Tsuens (villages)”. They later built a series of traditional Chinese buildings such as ancestral halls, temples, study halls and pagoda for ancestral worship and education. The Ping Shan Tang Clan retains certain traditional customs to this day, such as the organization of various ceremonies during festivals. They not only symbolize the folk culture of the Tang Clan, but also reflect the traditional and unique characteristics of life in Hong Kong’s New Territories.
Opened in 1993, the Ping Shan Heritage Trail was the first of its kind in Hong Kong. The Trail threads together a number of attractions of ethic and cultural heritages. There are numerous examples of well-preserved traditional Chinese architectures, among them there are Declared Monuments and Graded Historic Buildings. The Trail offers unique experience of the age-old local customs and amazing scenery of ancient pagoda in modern town, all within a comfortable, leisurely walk in 1.6 km.