To understand Hakka culture, you can start with the "sound"
“A Date with Hing Chun Alliance” Exhibition at Central Market
Chinachem Group has long been committed to the conservation of historic architecture and intangible cultural heritage, while realising ‘urban-rural integration’. By utilising local resources and potential, we help co-create public spaces and communities under the approach of ‘place-making’. By fostering the sustainable development of communities or historical buildings, we hope they will resonate emotionally with people so that our most cherished traditions and culture can live on to the next generation.
Following the revitalisation of the Grade III historic building in Central Market, we are also supporting the preservation of the precious Hakka culture in Hing Chun Alliance – one of Hong Kong’s oldest rural villages built more than 300 years ago.
“A Date with Hing Chun Alliance” Exhibition in Central Market
Experience the culture and daily life of traditional local rural villages in the heart of bustling Central, where the exhibition “A Date with Hing Chun Alliance” fully embodies the integration of rural and urban communities.
The exhibition is aimed at transporting visitors from Central to the ambience of Hing Chun Alliance villages through a five-sense experience of “Sight, Sound, Touch, Smell and Taste”, to learn about four living essentials in these villages, “Clothes, Food, Home and, Commute”, as a way to preserve and promote the culture and economic development of the rural area.
Details of the Exhibition
Date: From now to 31 March 2023 (Open as usual during holidays)
Time: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Venue: Legacy Hall, 1/F, Central Market, 93 Queens Road Central
Lai Chi Wo Story Room
If you want to explore authentic Hakka culture, visiting Lai Chi Wo will give you a rewarding experience and a thorough understanding of the local customs. The Chinachem Group-funded Lai Chi Wo Story Room focuses on four themes of Hakka life in the Hing Chun Alliance villages, namely daily lives, wedding rituals, traditional medicine and Hakka folk songs. By taking visitors back to the glorious days of the past, it helps promote the Hakka culture to the younger generations. Lai Chi Wo, where the Story Room is located, is one of Hong Kong’s oldest, largest and best-preserved rural settlements.
10:00am to 4:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
(Closed on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd days of Lunar New Year)
Getting to Lai Chi Wo
By Kaito Ferry Service
1) Take the Kaito Ferry Service at Ma Liu Shui
Visitors can travel by MTR East Rail and get off at University Station, Exit B, then walk for about 15 minutes to Ma Liu Shui Pier for the kaito ferry service to Lai Chi Wo. The normal travelling time is about 1.5 hours. Visitors are advised to take the ferry schedule into consideration when planning the trip.
Mondays to Fridays: Subject to demand
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays:
From Ma Liu Shui: 9:00am
From Lai Chi Wo: 3:30pm
Fare: $45 (single trip)
Booking and enquiries: 2555 9269 (Best Sonic Industrial Limited)
2) Take the Kaito Ferry Service at Sam Mun Tsai or Tai Shui Hang
Following the commencement of "Sam Mun Tsai – Tai Shui Hang/Lai Chi Wo/Kat O/Ap Chau" kaito ferry service, visitors can take the kaito at Sam Mun Tsai Village or Tai Shui Hang Pier to Lai Chi Wo.
Tuesdays and Thursdays:
From Sam Mun Tsai: 8:30am
From Tai Shui Hang: 9am
Fare: Whole trip (boarding from Sam Mun Tsai/Tai Shui Hang): $80 (per trip)
Whole trip (boarding from Lai Chi Wo/Kat O/Ap Chau): $60 (per trip)
3) You may consider hiring a boat or joining a local tour
4) Hike to Lai Chi Wo (for hikers with a degree of experience)
Take green minibus no. 20R at the minibus terminus at Tai Po Market MTR Station, get off at Wu Kau Tang, or take KMB 275R at Tai Po Market MTR station to Wu Kau Tang on Sundays and Public Holidays only. Follow the trail and hike for about 8 km (about 2.5 hours). Alternatively take green minibus no. 56K which runs between Fanling MTR station and Luk Keng. You can get off at Luk Keng and follow the hiking trail from Fung Hang for about 8 km (about 2.5 hours).
Source: Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark