Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail

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Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail

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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
Heritage Trail of Tang Clan walled villages near Fanling
Mar 2021
The Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail near Fanling is one of two self-guided walks you can find in the New Territories along with the Ping Shan Heritage Trail at Yuen Long. This trail is 2.6 km and winds through the the area of Lung Yeuk Tau which was settled by the Tang Clan from the Jiangxi Province in the late 13th century. It includes 12 heritage sites including a church, temple, ancestral hall and numerous walled village entrance towers, some of which are Declared Monuments of Hong Kong.

Of the heritage attractions along the Lung Yeuk Trau trail, the Lo Wai (stop 4) and San Wai (stop 11) walled villages are very impressive. Both have restored and preserved walls that remain intact and make for nice photography. Other notable attractions along the way include the historic Tin Hau Temple (stop 5) and the Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall (stop 6), both which you can enter to explore. Most do the trail from south to north.

Note: At the Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, you will find a gallery area in the third hall that serves as a default Visitor Centre for the Trail. Within the three bays in this rear hall, there are panels setup for each of the 12 attractions along the trail, providing a historical account and other details for each. This is helpful to read up on and I recommend taking pictures of the respective panels as well as some of the attractions along the trail lack information signs. You can refer back to what you saw here to help understand what you are looking at.

Note: Quite a few of the stops along the trail are simply entrance gates and towers to the old walled villages. In order to avoid disturbing the residents, the villages themselves are not open to enter and explore. Just view the monument entrances and remaining village walls before continuing on your way to the next stop along the trail.

Note: Unfortunately the Lung Yeuk Heritage Trail is poorly signed and challenging to navigate without the use of maps. As such, best to download the trail map from the Antiquities and Monuments Leisure Office & Cultural Services Department website before setting off to begin this trail. The website trail pages are also a good resource for familiarising yourself a bit with the 12 different attractions ahead of time.

I also recommend using the Hiking Trail HK mobile app which includes the trail or Google Maps at the same time to help navigate specific small streets and alleys you will have to walk between some of attractions. Note that you can also pick up printed brochure material for the trail at the Hong Kong Discovery Centre in Kowloon Park.

Note: To access the Yung Yeuk Heritage Trail, you can actually walk from the Fanling MTR Station something I prefer to do during cooler months of the year. However, on hot days, you may prefer to save your time and energy and take public transportation to the starting point. In this regard, there is light green mini-bus service from the Fanling MTR Station (route 54K) that drops off just near the Tsung Kyam Church (stop 1) at the beginning of the trail if you are starting in the south. At the north end of the trail there is a similar service (route 56K) from Siu Hang Tsuen (stop 12) that can take return you to the Station.
Written March 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

bennyvectra
Singapore, Singapore978 contributions
A simple walk with walled villages and tranquility
Feb 2019 • Friends
A simple walk with walled villages and tranquility
Map and directions pretty visible, but prone to be lost due to the way the houses are configured. Most houses are relatively simple.
Written February 28, 2019
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China7,995 contributions
Don't expect too much
Nov 2018 • Family
Lung Yeuk Tau is one of the two designated heritage trails in the New Territories. It consists of five walled villages that form the Tang clan in Fanling as well as other historic buildings. Unfortunately nearly all of them are not open to the public. Some parts of the trail are also hard to navigate. Getting to Fanling takes quite a long time from the city so visitors in a tight schedule should skip this place.
Written November 18, 2018
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Chris_BJS2HKG2BKK
Bangkok, Thailand86 contributions
Another side of Hong Kong
Apr 2018 • Family
The Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail is a great walk around Fanling. Covering only a couple of km fit is awalk that most people can do.

We walked from Fanling station (approx. 1.5 km) but buses re also available. We visited • Tsung Kyam Church, Kin Tak Lau, Shek Lo, Ma Wat Wai, Lo Wai, Tin Hau Temple, Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, Tung Kok Wai, Wing Ning Tsuen, Wing Ning Wai and Sin Shut Study Hall. It probably took us a little over two hours. And interesting introduction to Hong Kong history. And a great glimpse of village life. Highly recommended as something you can easily do on your own.
Written April 18, 2018
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Digibaus
Melbourne, Australia37 contributions
Worth getting lost for!
Jan 2017 • Friends
An amazing array of very old walled villages and temples and ancestral halls in amongst todays village life. Be prepared to lose your way...its worth it and easy to do if you do the full trail.We did it back to front starting out of town at the river. The bus drivers are helpful to get you started.Download the Govts 'declared monuments ' map before you head out the there.
Written January 12, 2017
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
Tsung Kyam Church and Shek Lo properties along the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail
Dec 2016 • Solo
Two of the attractions that make up the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail in Fan Ling which are not listed here at TripAdvisor are the Tsung Kyam Church and the Shek Lo properties. These arethe first two stops on the trail for those starting your walk from the Fan Ling Station.

The Tsung Kyam Church is a early 20th century building that was used for worship by local villagers until 1983 when it was replaced with a new building required for larger congregation. The old church building has been left in tact but is closed off for public visitation.

Shek Lo is a mansion built just east of the church in 1924. It is a mix of European and Chinese architectural styles and and attractive building to see. Unfortunately the property is locked and the vegetation growth can be such that you can struggle to see much of Shek Lo behind the high grass and shrubs.

While you can't enter either of these historical buildings, they are interesting to view from the street, while making your way along the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage trail. Those with interest in architecture and historical buildings will enjoy having a quick look at these two before proceeding onward to Ma Wat Wai, the next featured stop on this walking trail.
Written December 17, 2016
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,004 contributions
Low usage heritage trail viewing historic village structures in Fanling
Aug 2016 • Solo
The Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail is an interesting collection of historic walled villages and other heritage attractions in the area of Fanling. This is something that will might be interesting for history and heritage attraction buffs who have done the sightseeing rounds in Hong Kong and are looking for less visited areas of the territory to explore.

The Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail includes numerous historic properties and villages. Some of them are more intact than others, making for nice sightseeing and photography. Others are in poorer condition, having been partially or mostly demolished in favour of building new homes.

Top attractions within this self-guided tour are the Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, Tin Hau Temple and San Wai, which has the best intact exterior wall with corner towers that you can view and take unobstructed photos.

Note: Sadly the Lung Yeuk Heritage Trail is poorly signed at times and some of the included attractions no long have signage identifying them as feature stops on the trail. As such, it is highly recommended that you download a map of the trail from the Antiquities and Monuments Leisure Office & Cultural Services Department website or pick up a printed brochure from the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in Kowloon Park prior to attempting this heritage trail.

Note: This heritage trail takes approximately 2-3 hours to walk if you plan to make all stops. There is a light green bus (54K) between the Fanling MTR Station and Siu Hang Tsuen which visitors can use at the beginning or end of the heritage trail. This saves quite a bit of walking, which can be very helpful during hot summer months.

In the end, this is an interesting but low-impact heritage trail that can be enjoyed by if you like seeing historic buildings and structures. However, some will find the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail disappointing as you can only enter and browse a few of the attractions and there is little to see of others. As such, you may want to consider the Ping Shan Heritage Trail in Yuen Long instead. This is a better marked trail with much better preserved village buildings to visit.
Written August 31, 2016
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Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,727 contributions
Waste of time
Aug 2016
One of the touted heritage trails, this is simply not worth the time or effort. The trail is impossible to find (there are no directions or sign posts or a map) and once you do figure out where to meander, there's simply nothing to see. It's a long, long MTR ride from Kowloon, plus a long walk or taxi ride to the start of the trail. It's a complete waste of time.
Written August 8, 2016
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,366 contributions
Part of HK history
Dec 2015 • Friends
Not many people, even local HK’ers know this part of Hong Kong. On a chance opportunity my husband’s friends took us back to their childhood home. Their childhood home was a part of the Heritage Trail. Although we didn’t walk the whole trail, I’m glad that I can have a chance to see Kun Lung Wai (San Wai). We learned the wall village dated back to 1744 and is now declared a monument. People still live there, please respect their privacy when you visit.
Happy Travelling!
Written March 23, 2016
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PennsylvaniaTom
Washington DC, DC26 contributions
Not a very pleasant experience
Apr 2014 • Couples
I read Dave D's review of this walk before going (titled "Meh"), and I have to say that he is 100% correct. I will add that the walk is downright unpleasant, complete with snarling dogs nosing under corrugated metal fences, animal feces on the sidewalk, and speeding minibuses. On top of it all, almost all of the historic sites are closed to visitors. You are welcome to admire the outer wall and entrance, and that's about it. The walk doesn't even go by any interesting shops or cafes where you can stop, have a drink, and argue about whose idea it was for us to go all the way to the New Territories for this. In a city full of so many interesting things to see -- and so many wonderful opportunities to enjoy walking in nature -- I sadly cannot recommend this heritage trail.
Written May 2, 2014
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