YUEN LONG, SHAN PUI & NAM SANG WAI
元朗, 山背村 南生圍

Yuen Long is situated in the northwest of the New Territories on a large alluvial plain. The Yuen Long District
covers an area of 14,430 hectares and has a population of about 540,000.

Yuen Long was originally characterised by six rural areas (heungs) with 140 villages. Though basically an
agricultural centre, the Yuen Long economy once also relied heavily on salt production and pearl harvesting.
As a result of a population increase and the advance in transportation, a market town was established and
developed in the late Ming Dynasty near Yuen Long Tai Kiu Tun.

In 1669, during the Qing Dynasty, the market was moved north for political reasons to the area near where the
present-day MTR Yuen Long Station is situated. Now known as
Yuen Long Kau Hui, the market is sited south of
a small hill and while it is far from the coast today, it was beside the sea shore when it first opened.

After the British leased the New Territories in 1898, they built Castle Peak Road to connect major areas of the
New Territories and Kowloon. This made the villagers move the market south to the main road.

Our first destination on this outing is the narrow lanes and old houses of
Yuen Long Kau Hui. Here is a great
chance to see how old meets new in present day Hong Kong as century old houses and temples stand side by
side with new Spanish-style villas in the shade of modern high-rises and factories.

It is just a short stroll from the bustle and noise of Yuen Long to the quiet village of
Shan Pui at the edge of the
scenic and serene wetlands of Nam Sang Wai. Located just a little off the beaten path, Shan Pui has kept much
of its traditional appearance and contains a surprisingly large number of houses built 100-150 years ago.

Most recently famous for hosting Hong Kong’s only crocodile,
Nam Sang Wai is better known as one of Hong
Kong’s favourite bird watching areas. Thousands of birds flock to the shallow Shan Pui and Kam Tin Rivers
with their mangrove clad shores as well as the – now mostly abandoned – fish and duck farms.

At low ride, the mudflats at the confluence of the two rivers, in particular, are terrific observation points, so
make sure to bring a tripod and a zoom lens.

Amongst the many migrating or resident water birds that gather here, you will see many types of ducks,
wagtails, cormorants and egrets, but there is also the chance that a Black-faced Spoonbill (platalea minor)
might happen to land on the bank. The appearance of this rare white bird with its spoon-shaped black bill will
surely excite you – as would a sighting of one of our kingfishers…

Other popular motifs are the Lemon-scented Gums (eucalyptus citriodora) and the many other exotic trees,
such as Paper-bark Trees (melaleuca quinquenervia), Cotton Trees (bombax ceiba), Banyan Trees, acacia
confuse, and kandelia obovata.

We finish the Photo Shoot back in
Yuen Long, where we look for a lunch restaurant near the “new“ market.
This will also allow the trainspotters amongst you to catch sight of Hong Kong’s newest streetcars….
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Scenes from Nam Sang Wai
Scenes from Nam Sang Wai
Scenes from Yuen Long Kau Hui
Scene from Yuen Long
Scenes from Yuen Long Kau Hui
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Excursion Summary
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Distance:
9.5 km
 
Difficulty:
1 out of 10
 
Approx. Altitude Change:
Gain: 25 metres
Loss: 25 metres
Price:
HK$210
incl. ferry and a refreshment
Highest Point:
5 metres
     
Time Spent Shooting:
4 hours
       
Meeting Time & Place:
9:00 am
at Yuen Long Railway Station
     
Finishing Time & Place:
1:15 pm
in Yuen Long
 
           
Food & Drink:
A refreshment will be offered at a store in Nam Sang Wai.
Optional shared lunch at Chinese restaurant in Yuen Long at end of the outing (9.5 km) -
not included.
 
Note:
Consider bringing your tripod, a good zoom lens and a wide-angle lens. Also, some motives might be dimly lit...
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