To help make things a little easier for everyone I’m posting details from my scouting trip to the Yuen Long Wetlands related to Hong Kong Sacred Spaces’s upcoming winter wetlands walk. If you’re interesting coming along you can find the RSVP details here.
We’ll gather in this open space just inside the Yuen Long MTR Station, Exit G1 to take attendance and create our trip “teams” or smaller groups of members to make travel on the final bus trip easier. We’ll then be taking the Fairview Park Coach NR 93 (Trip fare is $6.80 as of 6 January 2018) to the very FIRST stop at Fairview Park. The ride should take about 20 minutes.
Look for the Esso Station across the street.
We’ll then exit Fairview Park and take a right on the next access road that we come across. There is a Florist on the corner that looks like this…
…and there is also a Hardware Store on the opposite side of the road.
After a 5 minute walk, we’ll come upon a sign for Tai Sang Wai Village which is our main destination. Take a RIGHT at the fork.
After another 5 to 10 minutes we’ll come to the Village. It is important to note that on this portion of the walk the small road is VERY CONGESTED with heavy tracker-trailers and lorries EVERYWHERE so caution is a MUST. After that, however, you’ll see this…
When we’re finished I would suggest that most people pick up the number 36 green minibus BEFORE we head to the main road as the GMB is likely to fill up quickly. For those who don’t want to wait you can take walk back to Fairview Park to take the Coach to Yuen Long MTR. If you do take GMB 36 remember that it stops at Sun Yuen Long Centre at the foot of a pedestrian flyover to YOHO Mall and therefor Yuen Long MTR Station. The signs for the MTR are there but not easy to see from the road so keep an eye out and made sure you get off.
For those of you who don’t know there are several ongoing initiatives here at Hong Kong Sacred Spaces. One of these initiatives is to delve more deeply into Hong Kong Food Culture. Because much of our food comes from the marshy wetlands on the very Northern edge of the Territory it makes sense to get out and explore this region. Think of all the yummy oysters and dried shrimps that we have here in Hong Kong and you’ll get a sense of how important these coastal areas are. Hong Kong Sacred Spaces has been planning a series of events to help people learn about our wetlands and the bounty that they provide. This series will include an array of events including walks, workshops, and tours all highlighting various aspects of this very important part of the Hong Kong foodways scene. Most of the research for this Series has been generously provided by Professor Sidney Cheung from the Anthropology Department at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a local expert on the subject who literally wrote the book (actually several) on local foodways. Part of what he passed on to us is a series of seasonal walks that he and his students developed to help Hong Kongers enjoy the fertile northern wetlands from the perspective of the four seasons.
As a “first-step” in this engagement, we’ll start off the New Year right with a walk we’ll rather uncreatively call: Wetlands Walk – Winter that will get us up to Yuen Long 元朗 to explore a part of the wetlands area.
We’ll specifically keep an eye out for seasonal details documenting the changes that we see. Spring, Summer, and Autumn have been scheduled or will be scheduled in the coming weeks and months. I’m also working with Prof. Cheung to develop events specifically around topics like Soy cultivation and use as well as Oyster Farming so they’ll be lots to look forward to in the future.