Saturday, March 23, 2013
What is left of Nga Chin Wai (衙前圍村)?
Nga Chin Wai 衙前圍 was a 600 years old walled village. In fact, the only one in the urban areas of Hong Kong (Kowloon). The name literally means “walled village in front of the magistrate’s office”. It stood in front of the Kowloon Walled City 九龍寨城, or 九龍城寨.
The Walled City was, of course, obliterated completely many years ago. When I went to 衙前圍 several years ago, however, there were still quite a number of houses there, even though they were quite rundown. Some people were living there.
When I went there again last Saturday, the place was all boarded up, and a severe-looking Sikh guarded the place. When I peeked inside, I found that all the houses had been torn down, except one miserable looking row of perhaps 5 houses.