Thursday, 28 May 2015

Jockey Club Tak Wah Park, Tsuen Wan

Whenever I visit Tsuen Wan I always feel the place has a bit of an identity crisis – part new town, part old market town and part industrial centre. It’s a bit of a mess I feel, and wandering around the ‘newer’ parts of town is often an exercise in problem solving as you attempt to find the most convenient flyover in order to simply cross the road. It’s a bit of a pain if you are not familiar with the place. Perhaps this can be explained by the fact that Tsuen Wan’s transformation into a New Town was the first of its kind in HK and, as such, a bit experimental in nature.

Regardless of the reason, what you find now is a place where old village buildings can be found stuck in the middle of urban residential high rises of various ages and provide a stark contrast between Tsuen Wan now and then.

Perhaps the most well known of these places is the Sam Tung Uk museum – a former Hakka walled village which has been preserved in-situ to offer the modern urban dweller a look into how life in Tsuen Wan really was like. Certainly less well-known although of similar value in terms of local heritage is the Tak Wah Park that has been created from the former village of Hoi Pa.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Commemorative Stone Tablet, Tai Po Kau

I was recently reminded of an old post I did a few years back concerning a commemorative stone tablet in Tai Po Kau Garden in Tsung Tsai Yuen (松仔園) - the main entrance point for Tai Po Kau Nature Reserve located along Tai Po Road. I did briefly touch on this topic again in a previous post (Walking along Tai Po Road – Taipo to Shatin Section) because it was on route, but I didn't go into too much detail because I did envisage re-posting the information at a later date. It seems that later date has arrived and I have since been able to add a few more pictures. A special thanks goes to the folks over on the Hong Kong in the '60s Facebook group who inadvertently reminded me and also provided some rather excellent further information including what appears to be this location's unofficial name: Mang Gwai Kiu ( 猛鬼橋), which in Cantonese which means "Ghost bridge".

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Remnants of the Tai Wo Ping Interchange nr Beacon Hill

Perhaps not much interest to anyone other than myself, but I like discovering these things. Anyway, not so long ago I came across an old postcard of a rather modern looking road interchange that just happened to be quite close to where I currently live. The problem was I couldn't remember ever seeing it before and certainly couldn't find it on modern maps, despite it being so close. The problem, I subsequently found out, was that the interchange was a victim of changing development plans and what was once envisaged to be a quick and convenient way to join onto Tai Po Road from Lung Cheung Road (and vice versa) soon became redundant, and so the whole thing was demolished to make way for a different road configuration. Although I don't have access to the postcard mentioned above, I have managed to track down a Govt picture of the section of road. This snap was taken some time in the 1960's, I believe. See below.

Source: HK Govt archives

That's Tai Po Road going from bottom left to centre right, and the curved on/off ramp is connecting Tai Po Road with the Lung Cheung Road (which is behind the camera).