Sai Kung – Heritage

After living in a friend’s spare room for four months, I found a place to live that fitted my criteria. It was out in the New Territories (not in urban HK); it had a direct bus link to work; and it was close to the sea. Sai Kung even had a sidewalk cafe ambiance about it. It was a fishing village that didn’t grow too much. After living there for a while, I found that it was also the haunt of media types and journalists.

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My home for 5 years was in the converted village school and library overlooked by Ma On Shan and Pyramid Hill.

The ground floor was a single room where the village stored its traditional memorabilia.

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The main entrance to the ground floor

The significance of the 1928 building (considered very old by my colleagues) to the village was revealed in the middle of 1997. I returned home from work to find that it had been decorated…

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...with Communist paraphernalia

Despite being a token gwailo (white ghost), I promptly paid my rent to the headman of the village every month for 7 years…long enough to get a personal visit from the lion dance every Chinese New Year

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Lion dance

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...and the band

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The chap in the middle indicates that giving freely of Lai See (lucky money) would please the lion...and probably prevent some flat tyres on the car in future.

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The sitting out area of the village frequented by the elders who watched the coming and going. As far as possible, the British didn't mess with the indigenous villagers, letting them settle their own disputes and derive their own planning laws.

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Ho Chung Temple

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The fishermen's temple in Sai Kung

Ma On Shan

There are many remote villages like Wong Chuk Yeung abandoned by all but one or two elderly.

Yung Shu O

The fung shui shrine in front of the village of Yung Shu O

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2 responses to “Sai Kung – Heritage

  1. I came across this blog entirely by accident, and I’ve found it impossible to determine whether it is still being maintained, so I’ll be brief.

    Interesting stuff, although there is very little I didn’t already know, and there are quite a few errors and inaccuracies. For example, “As far as possible, the British didn’t mess with the indigenous villagers, letting them settle their own disputes and derive their own planning laws.”
    Bollocks! The single worst thing the British ever did was to introduce ding as a means, they thought, to counteract depopulation of NT villages. Check out Sai Keng, in the Sai Kung area, as an example of what was wrong with this measure. NT villagers are greedy.

    • Dennis, is it? How should I reply to a comment like this? You say the blog is ‘interesting stuff’, but there’s nothing you didn’t already know! and that there are ‘quite a few errors and inaccuracies’. Make your mind up! Either it’s interesting stuff, or it’s “Bollocks”. Then you state that the British introduced ding but that the NT villagers are greedy. I’ll consider myself lucky not to bump into you in a pub! Pompous, argumentative knob!

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