Walking around what's left of Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen - 衙前圍村 is eerie. Maybe it's life here in Hong Kong during our current viral outbreak or perhaps it's the fact that what remains of this 600 plus year walled village looks like a horror movie back lot. It seems that even the palm trees look like they're fading into the next world as they droop and sag above what's left of the village. All the people are gone, of course, moved out in 2016 with promises of shinny new developments and a "heritage" park. All of that came to a crashing halt when Ming Dynasty artifacts were found on sight during the ongoing Redevelopment Projects in and around the area. That was over two years ago now and whats left is the inertia that often settles in when the wheels of progress come to a standstill.

If you're interested in reading more on the history of the village please take a look at the article written by PH Hase titled "Besides the Yamen...".

Ng Ancestral hall

Furnace for offerings

Tudigong - Toudeigung (cant.) -土地公



Facade placard

Traditional Soffit


Rear wall of Village Tin Hau - 天后 Temple

Ruined buildings

Forgotten village piazza

These images were taken with an absolute classic: Canon A1 with a 28mm lens. The film is Kodak Ektar ISO 100.

"Besides the Yamen..." by PH Hase written for the Journal of the RASHKB