Kat Hing Wai and Lok Ma Chau
Our next stop was the walled village of Kat Hing Wai. This village dates to the 1600's when it was built as a fortress for the Tang clan. The Tangs were some of the first inhabitants of the region when them moved from central and southern China over 800 years ago. Today the villagers farm the adjacent land and rice fields The village with its protective walls and moat stand as a reminder of a typical Cantonese village of several hundred years ago when walls were needed to protect the inhabitants from the bandits that roamed the area.

A narrow passageway

Ken explores one of the passageways at Kat Hing Wai

Drying the laundry

A shrine inside one of the
homes of Kat Hing Wai

The Hakka Women of Kat Hing Wai
One of the highlights of visiting the walled villages is the opportunity to photograph the Hakka women wearing their broad brim hats. They will gladly oblige your photo requests for a small fee which you can bargain for before taking the photo. They are a bit adamant about the fee at times. For example, I bargained with the four women at the right and took several pictures. While I was taking my pictures Darla walked up and took a picture totally unaware of the bargaining. When I paid them I figured it covered the both of us, but they immediately pursued Darla to extract their fee from her also. It was really unimportant as the fee is small and the pictures are certainly worth the small price.

Anne, Ken and Darla at Lok Ma Chau. Mainland China can be readily
seen in the background

Leaving Kat Hing Wai we proceeded to Lau Fau Shan, a small fishing village. There wasn't much there so I didn't bother to take any photographs. Our next stop, Lok Ma Chau, would be much more interesting. Lok Ma Chau is situated just south of the Sham Chun River that separates the New Territories from mainland China. It offers an excellent view of mainland China from its high vantage point.

At the time of our visit Hong Kong was still under British control, however, that was scheduled to end in 1997, just three years away.

Cremated remains at Lok Ma Chau

A Hakka woman at Lok Ma Chau
Standing at the overlook on Lok Ma Chau we noticed several clay pots in the soil down below (picture above left). When we asked our driver what they were we were told they contained the cremated remains of those who wanted to but couldn't be returned to mainland China. During the preceding decades many had tried to escape from Mainland China to Hong Kong. Some were successful, but it seems they still wanted and loved their homeland.

A Hakka woman at Lok Ma Chau (photo above right) was very persistent and wanted us to take her picture. She followed us for quite sometime before I paid her the HK$1 she demanded. I think the picture was worth the few pennies it cost.

Ken, Anne and Darla enjoying refreshments
With our day long tour of the New Territories now over it was time to return to Kowloon and do some shopping. No, we weren't necessarily looking to buy anything in particular. We just wanted to enjoy the sights and sounds of Kowloon's busy shopping district ...
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