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  • Tai Po Waterfront Park
    Tai Po Waterfront Park
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  • Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree
    Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree
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  • me & my mum @ Lam Tsuen, Wishing Tree behind us
    me & my mum @ Lam Tsuen, Wishing Tree...
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  • Knowing History of Kowloon-Canton...

    Hong Kong Railway Museum is converted from the old Tai Po Railway Station. Erected in 1913, this historical station building features a pitched roof of traditional Chinese architecture. It explores the history of local railway transportation. Exhibits include a steam locomotive, historical coaches and tickets, mock-ups. It also shows models of...

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  • Hong Kong "Furano"

    Tai Po Waterfront Park has a nickname "Hong Kong Furano" since she has giant floral display. Construction of this town park was completed in 1997 costing over 910 million Hong Kong dollars. Its Spiral Lookout Tower, built to celebrate the reunification of Hong Kong and China in 1997, is the ideal place to admire the natural beauty of Tolo...

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    by cherrykirsch Updated May 6, 2006

    It is a food court inside a public market. Full of Hong-kong-style food stalls, e.g. noodles, congees, coffee, milk-tea, rice with meat in a dish, a lot more... Nice & inexpensive food. Full of local customers during weekend and holidays. Must try!

    Favorite Dish: Rice Noodles with Fish Balls and Deep-fried Fish Skins, plus Iced Lemon Juice, only costs HK$18.00! Size of fish balls are big! Waitresses' service is prompt.

    Rice Noodles w/ Fishballs and Deep-fried Fishskins Tai Po Hui Market & Cooked Food Centre Food stalls inside Cooked Food Centre
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Tai Po Transportation

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    by cherrykirsch Written May 7, 2006

    The easiest way to get to Tai Po is by KCR (Kowloon-Canton Railyway) to Tai Po Market Station or Tai Wo Station.

    Or you would like to take a bus, but there is no direct route at your place, you can take bus-bus interchange. You may wonder if the fare is "doubled" if you interchange.

    If you go via Shing Mun Tunnel, you can interchange free, or with concessionary interchange fare, depending your direction. This service is offered by KMB (Kowloon Motor Bus)

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Tai Po Local Customs

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    by cherrykirsch Updated May 6, 2006

    Visit Lam Tsuen (Village of Lam's), where earliest settlement can be traced back as far as over 700 years ago, to get a glimpse into the old rural life.

    The wishing tree is a famous attraction of the village. Previously it was easy to recognize the tree, as it's all laden with people's prayers-legend goes that you can have your prayer comes true by writing it on a band of red cloth, tie it to an orange and toss it onto the tree.

    On 12 Feb 2005, a major branch of the wishing tree broke and fell, injuring two people unfortunately. Convervation work was then started, and it is prohibited to throw paper offerings to the tree. That is why the tree is "clear" now.

    When I arrive Lam Tsuen, a lady selling paper offering approached me and started her "sales work". I'm a Christian that I won't do any wish at the tree. The lady was "too helpful" and did not leave me alone.

    I paid for the offerings in order to get rid of her. However, she was very enthusiastic to teach me how to write on the offerings. Oh no! Then I told her that I went taking pictures first and came back to wish. Of course I didn't. I had to leave at another exit to prevent from seeing her again.

    Directions:
    Take bus 64K or 65K or the green minibus 25K at Tai Po Market KCR station (please ask the driver where to get off ).

    Pay, otherwise you can't escape from HER! Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree Snoopy Protect the tree Paper Offerings Hung. Not on the Wishing Tree
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Tai Po Sports & Outdoors

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    Cycling has been a distinctive feature in Sha Tin and is very popular among people living in or outside Sha Tin. The first cycling track in Sha Tin was opened to public in 1981, running along Tolo Highway to Tai Po. To tie in with the development of Ma On Shan, the cycle track is extended to Ma On Shan.

    I like the part between Hong Kong Science Park (near Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Tai Po Waterfront Park most. Scene is nice, and track is wide there!

    Equipment: No need to bring your own bike. You can rent one at Tai Wai, Tai Po Market (shops just outside KCR station), as well as Tai Mei Tuk (country side area in Tai Po District). Bicycle rent range $30-$40/hour, or $50-$60/day.

    Biking along Promenade Yuen Chau Tsai Park (along Tolo Highway) Gather to start biking in Tai Po Waterfront Park Rest at Tolo Corner Cycling Track along Promenade
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Tai Po Favorites

  • Throwing the "bao die"

    Although I am Christian, I don't believe in the "Wishing Tree Spirits" but its fun to blend in the New Year Traditional. After several throws, my "bao die" was fell under the tree trunk. Those who cannot hang the “bao die” on the tree are said to be too greedy writing their wishes. I wrote five, no wonder!!!

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  • Paper Windmill

    A child running through a meadow with a paper windmill in hand is an idealized vision of innocence and bliss. There're lotsa colourful paper windmill sellers along the road side. Let the wind blow-march forward into the heart of the gale.

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  • Tin Hau Temple

    Tin Hau Temple located in Lam Tsuen was built around the time of Emperor Qian Long of the Qing Dynasty and is the largest temple of its kind in Tai Po. The temple's main hall is dedicated to Tin Hau, which believed to be the Goddess of Heaven, while on either side of the main hall stand, respectively, a Hall dedicated to both the God of Literature...

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