Exhibition showcases Sha Tin's rich heritage
15 May 2006
South China Morning Post
Village life and traditions - and a housing estate that inspired a popular television series - are the focus of an exhibition that opened yesterday at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Tai Wai.
"Sha Tin Culture Development", organised by the Sha Tin District Council, is the culmination of a year-long cultural festival to help residents celebrate their heritage. The exhibition will continue until May 29.
District councillor Wai Hing-cheung, said: "We wanted to enhance people's knowledge of Sha Tin, of their history and culture."
In the lead-up to the exhibition, Sha Tin's history has been illustrated and celebrated through drama, talks on culture and a book fair.
Visitors to the exhibition will discover how villages have maintained the traditions and festivals of their ancestors, even though their village environment has changed dramatically.
The exhibition highlights Hakka village culture and culinary traditions such as the making of dumplings, da jiu festivals and ancestor worship. It also shows the Tanka boat dwellers of Sha Tin, who now live on land but still maintain their ancestral shrines.
There's a photographic account of the first flight in Hong Kong, taken on a Farman biplane in 1911.
Known as Lek Yeun in its formative years, Sha Tin was the first of the new towns to be developed in the New Territories and today is home to more than 600,000 people.
The museum is also screening the first episode of the classic television series When We Were Young, which was produced by RTHK in the 1970s and filmed at Lek Yeun Estate, the first public housing estate in Sha Tin.
A book on Sha Tin's history will be printed by the district council this year. Mr Wai said the council was also creating a history section on its website, a first for any district council in Hong Kong.
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