While the fifth wave of pandemic halts us from hosting walking tours for you, it does not stop WIHK’s colleagues from exploring every nook and cranny near home. In 2022, we will be launching WIHK’s Neighbourhood Jaunt, a series of blog posts that share how our colleagues rediscover the everyday environment from different perspectives.
Wah Fu Estate: Photogenic Housing Estate and Natural Spectacle
Victor, one of our interns, would share with us first. Victor likes to go around the city to capture wonderful sceneries with his camera. He lives in Wah Fu Estate, the “high-end apartments for the populace”, in which most of the apartments have an astonishing sea view. Wah Fu Estate is a perfect match for Victor as it is one of the most photogenic housing estates in Hong Kong.
The iconic laundry poles, wandering cats, the sunset… These seemingly-ordinary elements of the Estate are what Victor loves to shoot. But his favorite photo spot is Waterfall Bay, a magnificent natural spectacle that is within walking distance from the Estate. For victor, the coexistence of nature and urban living makes Wa Fu Estate an adorable neighbourhood.
Tai Po: Traditional Ancestral Hall and Cuisines
he meaning of “the new village for the six rural communities”, the outlook of this area is different from the traditional New Territories village. Look around the area, one can see four-story tenement buildings, with garages, bars on the ground level. Surprisingly, there is an ancient temple as well, which is the Lee Ancestral Hall.
The story goes like this: originally refers to six Hakka villages that are located in Plover Cove, the old Luk Heung San Tsuen was a serene fishing village that was distant to Tai Po.
Until one day, the government decided to build a reservoir (Plover Cove Reservoir) near the village. As a result, the villagers were accommodated to the four-story tenement buildings in Tai Po. To commemorate the good old days, they rebuilt the Ancestral Hall in the new home, that’s why the the Lee Ancestral Hall could be found right next to the
Apart from discovering the story of the heritage site, Samson also introduces the must-eats in Tai Po. In an inconspicuous alley within Luk Heung San Tsuen, a young couple is running a marinated goose joint, whose Stirred Noodles with Goose Oil is Samson’s all-time-favourite.
Another recommended Tai Po cuisine is the croissants from a western restaurant that is located on the opposite of Luk Heung Sun Tsuen. The size of the croissants is large, and you can select the sauce and ingredient you want. Have no idea what to choose? Try the Egg Salad and Salmon Croissant, it stands out for its distinctive taste. Don’t miss out on these delicious dishes when you visit Tai Po next time.
Having introduced the Southern District and Tai Po, let’s switch our focus to Tseung Kwan O, in which our team member Lesley has a great deal of experience in searching for cuisines near home.
Lesley is always asked by her friends: “what exactly does Tseung Kwan O have?” While the community was indeed a bit desolate when she was small, the establishment of the promenade and the Cross Bay Link (connecting Tseung Kwan O and Lam Tin Tunnel to Wan Po Road) in recent years gave rise to the emergence of a wide variety of restaurants near the seaside.
Lesley likes to either jog or ride a bicycle along the promenade on breezy days. The best way for her to spend the holiday will be enjoying a delicious afternoon tea set in the seaside cafeteria, then having a chill walk on the boardwalk. She recommends we to go there during sunset because one could appreciate the fascinating beauty of the sunset and the dusky sea view.