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Lai Chi Wo


Century-old Hakka Walled Village (One-day course)


 

 

Some places always beckon you to return. Visitors to Lai Chi Wo will agree that it is one such place. Lai Chi Wo is one of the oldest, biggest and best-preserved rural settlements in the northeast New Territories of Hong Kong. Built over 300 years ago according to traditional geomancy rules, the village is laid out with three longitudinal and nine horizontal rows of houses, with more than 200 houses in all. The charming rural homes slope progressively up the hill, and the whole village is protected by rustic walls.

In the old days, most of the villagers were rice and fruit farmers; others fished or made bamboo utensils for a living. Starting in the 1960s, the villagers began migrating to Britain or moving to the city for better jobs, but they always return to Lai Chi Wo for the decennial Tai Ping Ching Chiu ceremony of Hing Chun Yeuk. It is a bustling time for all.
Stroll along the 1.2km Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail and you will surely appreciate the region’s ecological significance. The dense fung shui wood behind the village, with its diverse tree species, is an important habitat for many mammals and butterflies. The coastal forest of eight true mangrove species is the breeding ground for abundant marine life. Among the mangroves is the largest mangrove species in Hong Kong ― Coastal Heritiera ― which can grow over 15m tall. Their powerful buttress roots break through the muddy ground and stand like solid walls. The White-flowered Derris is giant vine that can grow to a great size, equalling a grown man’s waist in diameter. Like a giant python or dragon, it meanders across the forest. Lai Chi Wo is also home to a sweeping wetland, which supports diverse dragonflies, frogs and freshwater fish. All these natural habitats come together to form an important ecosystem. These natural resources enrich the cultural character of the area. Lai Chi Wo is as beautiful as a landscape painting
Siu Ying Story Room is the fruition of joint efforts made by the seven Hing Chun Alliance villages of Sha Tau Kok and Hong Kong Geopark. The gallery was formerly the extended Siu Ying School building. Established in the 1920’s, the school provided elementary education to children from the seven villages for several decades. It is an important piece of collective memory. The showcase mainly comprises villagers’ oral history narratives and generously donated cultural relics. Arranged in four themes ― History of Hing Chun Yeuk and the Seven Villages; Siu Ying School; Tai Ping Ching Chiu; Farming and Trade ― the exhibition presents the heritage and different lifestyles of the region. It is a wonderful reproduction of rural hamlets in bygone days.
In view of the ecological importance of seagrass communities, the seagrass bed (Zostera japonica) at Lai Chi Wo was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1979. The seagrass bed had been included in the designation of Yan Chau Tong Marine Park in 1996. Under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, all established seagrass beds have been considered as important habitats where an ecological assessment will be necessary. All proposed developments that will affect these habitats should undergo ecological assessment so that the threat to local seagrass communities caused by urban development can be minimized.

 

 

One-day Course to Lai Chi Wo

 

How to get there:

By Ferry from Ma Liu Shui

Take the ferry operating between Ma Liu Shui to Lai Chi Wo on Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays.

Visitors can travel by MTR East Rail and get off at the University Station, Exit B, then walk for about 15 minutes to Ma Liu Shui Landing Steps No.3 for the ferry service to Lai Chi Wo. The normal boat traveling time is about 1.5 hours. Visitors are advised to take the *ferry schedule into consideration in planning the trip.

Service days: Sundays and Public Holidays

Depart from Ma Liu Shui: 09:00am

Depart from Lai Chi Wo: 15:30pm

Fare: $50 single ticket; $80 return ticket

Booking and enquiries: 2555 9269 (Best Sonic Industrial Limited)

(subject to operator's announcement)

 

By Hiking (for hikers with certain experience)

Take green mini bus 20R at the minibus terminus at Tai Po Market MTR Station, get off at the Wu Kau Tang. Or take KMB 275R at Tai Po Market MTR station to Wu Kau Tang on weekends. It takes around 2.5 hours to hike from Wu Kau Tang to Lai Chi Wo.

56K minibus run between Fanling MTR station and Luk Keng, get off at Luk Keng and hike to Fung Hang, it takes a 2.5 hours to Lai Chi Wo. Make sure you have enough time to return before sunset.

 
Tips: Weekend stores provide water and soft drinks at Lai Chi Wo. Remember to bring along enough water, foods, sunglasses and sun cap.  

 


 

How to Explore Lai Chi Wo

 

travel route

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Video of Lai Chi Wo

 

 

 

 

Key of Attraction

Don't forget to take your time to visit them !!

 

Ma Liu Shui Landing No.3

Lai Chi Wo Pier

Geopark Park Sign

Uvaria

Local Rural Shrine

Main Entrance

Alley

Hakka House

Overlaying Roof Tiles

Lai Chi Wo Nature Trail

White-flower Derris

Reddish Siltstone

 

 

Location Map of Lai Chi Wo

 

 

 

Leave No Trace. Take Your Litter Home. Enjoy Your Geopark Journey.

 

 

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Last Review Date : 1 July 2021