Date
22 May 2017
Ho Chung River runs through the village, which looks quite different now with the once vast farmland replaced by columns of modern houses. Photo: HKEJ
Ho Chung River runs through the village, which looks quite different now with the once vast farmland replaced by columns of modern houses. Photo: HKEJ

Ho Chung: A gateway to ancient Sai Kung

Ho Chung (蠔涌) is one of the comparatively large village groups in Sai Kung. Around a third of its population consists of indigenous villagers.

In fact, it once served as the portal of Sai Kung.

The Ho Chung River runs through the village, and farther to the north, the area that used to be a vast farmland has been replaced by columns of modern detached houses since the development of Ho Chung New Village in 1995.

People entering the village will pass by the century-old Che Kung Temple (車公廟), dedicated to a military commander during the Song dynasty who was eventually revered as a god.

Locals believe that Che Kung has been blessing and protecting their well-being.

Built in 1904, the temple is so well-preserved that it is one of the few buildings in Hong Kong that has withstood the test of time. 

Just next to the temple is the shell of a building that used to house Asia Television’s studios. It is now dilapidated and abandoned.

From 1992 to 2007, ATV produced quite a number of celebrated TV drama series inside the red, green and blue edifice.

Now, its decrepit look somehow reflects the bleak state of the television network.

Walk along Ho Chung Road towards Kai Ham Village (界咸村) and you will find the start of a stone-paved ancient trail that leads uphill to two deserted villages called Tai No (大腦) and Tai No Sheung Yeung (大腦上洋).

Most of the houses in Tai No Village have collapsed, and the only building left standing is called the Ancestral Hall of the Tsangs. 

Not far from the hall you will find a pair of stone mills, which can transport your mind back to the time when villagers make sugar by pressing homegrown sugar canes.

Getting there:

To go to Ho Chung New Village: Take bus route 92 or minibus route 1 at Choi Hung MTR Station.

To return from Wong Nai Tau: There are routes to different parts of Hong Kong at the bus terminus.

Time: Around three and a half hours

Tips: There are no signs indicating the entrance of Tai No Ancient Trail (大腦古道). Meanwhile, extra attention is required as the path connecting Tsang’s Ancestral Hall and MacLehose Trail stage 4 is rather hidden.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Oct. 22.

Translation by Darlie Yiu

[Chinese version中文版]

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The century-old Che Kung Temple is still in perfect shape, but the former Asia Television building is now dilapidated and abandoned. Photos: hkhikers.com, HKEJ


The Ancestral Hall of the Tsangs is the only building left standing in Tai No Village. Villagers of yore used these stone mills to press homegrown sugar canes. Photos: hkhikers.com


An ancient stone-paved trail takes you to Tai No Village. Photos: hkhikers.com, HKEJ


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