Hong Kong is full of sites that exude culture and tell tales of the region’s long and storied history. One of the best ways to experience all of this is a walk along the famous Ping Shan Heritage Trail found in the heart of the city.
What is the Trail?
The Ping Shan Heritage Trail is a pathway that features a number of historic buildings belonging to the Tang Dynasty – this makes it one of the most famous cultural attractions in Hong Kong. Being roughly over 1 kilometre long, you’ll encounter a plethora of historical monuments and structures as you make your way along this trail. As such, don’t pass up on the opportunity to walk this trail if you’re staying at a nearby hotel such as the Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong.
The Ancestral Halls
One of the most notable buildings you’ll come by on the trail is the ancestral halls of the Tangs. There are two prominent ones, namely – the Tang Ancestral Hall and the Yu Kiu Ancestral Hall. Both are found adjacent to each other share similar layouts. Auspicious Chinese motifs and murals are carved into the walls of these halls and ancestral tablets found to tell the tale of their ancient denizens.
There are several ancient temples you’ll run into as you make your way along the trail. The Hung Shing Temple is probably the first you’ll come across. It is believed to have been built by the Qing Dynasty during the mid-18th century.
Shrines and Pagodas
There are a number of shrines to be seen along the Ping Shan Trail. The most notable of these is the Shrine of the Earth God – a monument dedicated to She Kung, the protector of villages. You’ll also find the only ancient pagoda in Hong Kong here – the Tsu Sing Lau Pagoda.