After organizing the tour to Ma Wan Town, I’ve been thinking of writing something about it. Maybe it’s for someone to know more about Ma Wan, or just record the disappearing it. For the Ma Wan trip, I went there thrice (28th Feb, 13th Mar, 2nd Apr). But still, I feel like know very little about it. P.S. the information and photos are mostly obtained online.
Ma Wan is actually an island located between Tsing Yi Island and Lautau Island. What’s fun, the bridge connecting the Tsing Yi Island and Ma Wan Island is the well-known Tsing Ma Bridge.
For those who like hiking, they would go to Ma Wan to 「kill標」, which means finding out all the triangulation pillars in that area. Some photography fans love to go to Ma Wan to take the pictures of Tsing Ma Bridge. I’ve also seen many people sketching in the Ma Wan Town (the old village).
The is a theme park “Noah’s Ark“, where Hong Kong primary schools and kindergartens often bring their students visit. Personally, it’s not worth to spend $168 to visit it. My trainer said the only interesting activity there is laying in a coffin which makes one to think about the meaning of life. It was available in the Ark Life Education House (but I can’t find it the website: http://www.noahsark.com.hk/eng/facility1d.jsp).
Back to the tour, we went to Ma Wan Village, Ma Wan Nature Garden and Tung Wan Beach.
Ma Wan Village is a deserted fishing village where we can explore the clue of the life of fisherman and farmers in the old times. It was planned to be restyled as the second phase of Ma Wan Park. (The first phase is Ma Wan Nature Garden.) Even though it’s not yet restyled now, the village can be disappeared and replaced into something unexpected at any time.
We enter the Ma Wan Village near the Solar Tower Entrance of the Ma Wan Nature Garden.
Walking along the street, we can see the O Mei Typhoon Shelter and Stilt Houses. The stilt houses, different from those in Tai O, seem to collapse any time. I haven’t search much information on them as I’m not the one to introduce it to participant (lazy me:p). However, I know that the design of stilt house is really amazing that they just like the tent of fisherman. The fishing people took the materials of stilt house with them; when they got to tentatively settle down at a place, they built the stilt house themselves. And they stroke it and put it those materials back onto the boats when they left that place. As the fishing people didn’t own any land, stilt house is the only way for them to reside on land.
There is also a water well nearby. Some people call it No Leaf Well. As water well is the only source for people to get drinkable water in ancient time, Chinese people usually worship water well god for sufficient clear water.
In every village, there must be a big open ground which is called Grain-Sunning Ground to dry grain in the sun. This area is also for children to play, for the villagers to have Poon Choi together. In Ma Wan, it’s important to make shrimp paste. Ma Wan was famous for it’s shrimp paste. It’s said that the quality of shrimp paste in Ma Wan is better than that in Tai O because of the fast-flowing sea water in Ma Wan. However, there are no much people making shrimp paste now. (The bridge we can see from the grain-sunning ground is Kap Shui Mun Bridge.)
There are many different temples in Hong Kong, Tin Hau Temple (also called Mazu Temple in Taiwan) is the one with the most amount. The temple in Ma Wan was said to be built by a Hong Kong pirate. From the size of the temple, it’s possible to guess the residents there were not rich. Tin Hau is a sea god believed to protect fishing people mainly from sea-related disasters and accidents. Therefore, Tin Hau Temple usually faces water area (which is Kap Shui Mun in Ma Wan) with back to mountain. The reason why there are so many Tin Hau Temple in the urban area in Hong Kong is because of reclamation.
old styled advertisement
Before Tsing Ma Bridge was built, Ma Wan residents went to the urban area by taking kai-to to Tsuen Wan. Now, there is no kai-to available; the use of the pier is turned into fishing.
The two stone tablets was made in 1887 (which is the year「光緒二十三年」). It is about the Kowloon Custom House which was on the site of Ma Wan Rural Committee. Kowloon Custom was set to restrain the smuggling of opium in 1887. The two stone tables was later decorated as one monument in 1990.
There is a mark of the advertisement of Coca Cola on the wall.
To take a photo with the dolphin statue, it needs to check the tide information before going to Ma Wan. I hadn’t get any chance to get to the dolphin statue in the thrice travel because of the flood tide.
There is a stair near the Wah Kee Reastaurant. Ma Wan Fisheries Rights Association Limited (& Ma Wan Fisherman Village Office) can be seen after going upstairs. At the back of this building, there are lots of Fish Pontoons.
The fishing village uphill is called Care Village which means the villagers had received financial support from an American organization called Care International.
Tung Wan Beach and Tsing Ma Bridge.
Detailed Transportation to Ma Wan: http://www.pitcl.com.hk/eng/html/bus.htm
Chinese Gods 101: http://thetempletrail.com/chinese-gods-101/
Five Home Deities [Chinese]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxsbCqqz6IE
Tsing Ma Bridge & Kap Shui Mun [Chinese] (Kowloon Custom House): http://www.somanhing.com/gotowalk/history/100/100/110.pdf
Ma Wan Background Information [Chinese]: http://www.hk-place.com/view.php?id=145
Netizen’s 2007 Ma Wan visit [Chinese]: http://www.hkhikers.com/Ma%20Wan.htm
Netizen’s 2007 Ma Wan visit [Chinese]: http://www.dchome.net/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=790110
Netizen’s 2009 Ma Wan visit [Chinese]: http://weshare.hk/howdoyoudo/articles/768988
Opium related history [Chinese]: http://www.ngensis.com/hongkong/HK1.htm
Wah Kee Restaurant [Chinese] (shrimp paste): http://tvb4life.pixnet.net/blog/post/172762029-%E8%80%81%E5%AD%97%E8%99%9F-%E6%B6%88%E5%A4%B1%E7%9A%84%E9%A6%AC%E7%81%A3%E3%80%80%E8%8F%AF%E8%A8%98%E9%A4%90%E5%BB%B3-%E5%9C%B0%E5%9D%80%EF%BC%9A%E9%A6%AC%E7%81%A3%E7%94%B0