Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Long Valley (塱原) - Old things and people

There is a Hakka walled village (客家圍) in 松柏塱, to the south of 塱原. It was built in 1904, before the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is only about 100 years old, but quite well-preserved. It was locked up when we went there. So we could only look from outside the wall, and peek through the gated entrance.

There is also an old school building (博文學校). This building was built in 1963. And now no longer used as a school. Some things can change quickly around here, while other things stand better the test of time.

There are some houses with old-styled tiled roofs. Quite simple but effective. The tiled roofs remind me of my grandmother's house; and the wood-fired stove reminds me of my grandmother’s saw dust-fired stove in Ap Lei Chau, some 40 years ago. Both she and the stove are long gone.

We asked the old lady about the pretty flowering tree outside her house. She said she could not remember the name of the tree. But she reminded me of my grandmother.

松柏塱 is within walking distance from Sheung Shui train station, and quite worth a visit. One can also take the minibus.


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