Yuen Long – beyond the highway

When Yuen Long Bypass was constructed to ease traffic congestion from road haulage via Lok Ma Chau crossing, the designers used the only tools available to them: a ruler and pair of compasses. If there was a hill or a village on the alignment, it was squished or severed, with no subtlety.

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Perhaps the deal for this village (photographed from the bypass embankment) was that they could ignore the three-storey planning rules concerning new territories houses.

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The hibernating village lion, resting between jobs

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This Sha Pei wanders the narrow lanes of his domain.

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The shrine (with bat motif) and new village gate

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Unheralded, cut-off by the bypass and the new floodway and overshadowed by the railway; this row of houses near Tung Shing Lei should be the heritage showpiece of the northwest new territories

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Each house in the terrace has its own courtyard

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Over the inner door, there's a flower relief

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The date over the door is 1928. Sad to see these houses falling into delapidation.

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Yeung Uk Tsuen (just south of Yuen Long Hospital) had extensive water lily ponds which provided a habitat unique on this scale in HK. Unfortunately, their value was overlooked and went unmitigated when the bypass floodway was built here.

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This building has the lot: sliding gate; end-to-end frieze

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The temple at Yeung Uk Tsuen

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Beautiful detail spoiled by a botched repair

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Flame of the Forest (Delonix regia) is an exotic species imported from Africa. It's a spectacular sight in bloom

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Yeung Uk Tsuen

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Yeung Uk Tsuen temple

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One of the unfortunate consequences of the broad disinterest in recent history is the lack of information on some important looking buildings.

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After cropping, the lotus ponds provide different opportunities for alternative species

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