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BradJill wrote a review Mar 2021
Hong Kong, China133,006 contributions23,908 helpful votes
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Ma Wat Wai is a Declared Monument in Hong Kong (1994) and stop 3 on the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail in Fanling. It is located between the Shek Lo Mansion (stop 2) and Lo Wai Village (stop 4) if you are starting this self-guided walk from the south. What you will see here today is tower entrance to the village along with small tracts of the original wall that once surrounded Ma Wat Wai. Historically, Ma Wat Wai was a wall enclosed village with four corner watchtowers built by the Tang Clan between (1736-1795). Within the walled area, houses were built in orderly rows with communal shrines residing at the end of each alley. This was a consistent with the structure and layout of other Tang Clan villages along the Trail. Unfortunately, all that remains of the original walled village today is the entrance tower with its iron gates and the sandstone lintel plaque situated just above with the Chinese characters that read 'Wat Chung' which means verdancy and provides suggestion that the original name of this village was Wat Chung Wat. Have a quick look-see at the Ma Wat Wai declared monument and then continue onward to stop 4, the Lo Wai Village just a couple minutes walk from Ma Wat Wai, there you will see a full and another Tang Clan village with a fully intact surrounding wall which will help you think about what Ma Wat Wai would have looked like in the distant past.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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BradJill wrote a review Aug 2016
Hong Kong, China133,006 contributions23,908 helpful votes
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Ma Wat Wai is one of several historic villages that form the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail in Fanling. It is located between Shek Lo house and Lo Wai village. Sadly, there isn't much left of this historic village built by the Tang Clan during the 16th century. The exterior wall which surrounded the village is in ruinous state, much of which is now obscured by a erected wall to prevent people from getting near. Much of the wall and the towers of this village have been demolished. However, what you can see is the old grey brick entrance with a single raised tower. This remaining structure is a registered monument in Hong Kong and interesting to see. There is a communal altar just inside the entrance that is nice to see. Note: To view a historic village with an exterior wall and corner towers which remains intact, make sure to see San Wai near the other end of the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail. Within the exterior wall of Ma Wat Wai, you will see a combination of ruinous old buildings as well as more recently developed village style houses. Give 5-10 minutes to peek inside the village and enjoy the historic entrance structure. Then make your way to the next attraction along the trail. Note: Heritage trail information and map are available on the Antiquities and Monuments Leisure Office & Cultural Services Department website. This is well worth downloading prior to attempting to visit the various attractions that form the Lung Yeuk Tau Trail due to relatively poor signage and markings of some of the attractions included.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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