Grading: Grade 3
Lai Chi Wo is an indigenous Hakka village in Sha Tau Kok, settled by the Tsangs and the Wongs some 300 years ago. The entire village, including its feng shui wall and an ancient feng shui woodland, has been preserved. The natural environment of the village is of extremely high ecological value.
Built during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty, the Hip Tin Temple and the Hok Shan Monastery — dedicated respectively to Kwan Tai and Guanyin — are situated adjacent to each other, in the square next to the village. Sharing the same façade, the two temples are worshipped by people from the seven villages of Hing Chun Yeuk. The couplets at the entrances of the temples are about overseas travel and migration, echoing the history of the establishment of the village — a place settled by people from elsewhere who wanted to make a living.
Beginning from the 1960s, a large number of indigenous villagers moved abroad or relocated to the urban areas for work, and the village had nearly no inhabitants. It was until 2013 that activities started to resume due to efforts to promote rural revitalisation.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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