World ? Asia ? China ? Hong Kong

Sam Tung Uk Museum

Daily; not Tue
Hours: Wed-Mon 9am-5pm
Cost: Free
The Sam Tung Uk Museum is a reconstructed walled village, providing visitors with a living re-enactment of the agricultural, pre-commercial Hong Kong of the 18th-century. Rustic and simple, the museum is an island of peace amongst the modern urban bustle.
Populated by actors, the museum is a hands-on living tableau of history, showing how the agricultural communities of Hong Kong functioned 200 years ago. There's an ancestral hall and eight buildings within the grounds, mostly furnished.

When Hong Kong was still a forgotten corner of the Qing dynasty, there were just five Cantonese families each living within a walled village - perhaps as protection from the many pirates who roamed these seas, or perhaps from the increasing number of foreigners, with whom trade soon began to grow.

It's hard to imagine Hong Kong as a barren island now, but this trip to the New Territories might give some insight in that direction and could be combined with walks around some of the more natural areas in the vicinity.
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