April 14th, 2007, 05:47 PM
Ping Shan Tang Clan Gallery to open (http://news.gov.hk/en/category/healthandcommunity/070413/html/070413en05003.htm)
April 18th, 2007, 09:17 AM
That old police station is a bit out of the way from the other historic sites in the area, but it has a very good location at the top of the hill.
July 18th, 2008, 08:16 PM
May 25th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Role reversal brings clan story to life
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
For 800 years or so - exact accounts vary - the Tang clan dominated the Ping Shan area of what is now the northwestern New Territories. They must have been quite independent. In 1899, the British built a police station on a hill overlooking the main Tang village to keep an eye on them and to monitor the coastline facing the mainland.
The old police station - a classic colonial building with columns, arches and verandahs - is still there and well preserved. And what is it used for? It houses the Tang clan's gallery, which features various items relating to the history, customs and culture of some of Hong Kong's earlier people.
Many exhibits relate to family life. These include a traditional bridal sedan chair, a toddler's chair from 170 years ago and photographs of life earlier in the 20th century.
It has changed: this neighborhood, now between Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai, was not only largely agricultural but also quite isolated.
Along with the clan's gallery are periodic displays mounted by local schools about New Territories culture. These cover such topics as food and communities' collective memories.
The building also serves as the visitors' centre for the Ping Shan Heritage Trail, a walk that takes in a variety of historic buildings and leads you to Tin Shui Wai rail station.
Thanks to the railway lines, highways and tunnels now in place, Ping Shan today is in easy reach of the urban areas. Even if you live on Hong Kong Island, there is no reason not to pay a visit to this cradle of our history. Bernard Charnwut Chan, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, sees culture from all perspectives.