Woods in the Woods
Lam Tsuen is named Lam Tsuen Heung in full, is a place in Lam Tsuen Valley, Tai Po District, New Territories, Hong Kong. Its north is bounded by Tai To Yan (Chinese: Knife Blade), and on its southwest is Tai Mo Shan. In the middle, it is run through by Lam Kam Road leading to Kam Tin.
The east bound of Lam Tsuen is Wai Tau Tsuen Che Tei. The west is bounded by Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden with Lam Tsuen River flowing through. Most of Tai To Yan Mountain has been incorporated into Lam Tsuen Country Park.
“Lam”: Not Dominating Lam Tsuen
Lam Tsuen began to be settled in 1287 during the Southern Song Dynasty. Currently, Lam Tsuen covers 26 villages. Although the place is named by the surname “Lam”, the villagers are not mostly surnamed “Lam”.
The earliest village, Chung Uk Tsuen was established about 700 years ago, in which all villagers are surnamed “Chung”. “Chung” is also the most popular surname in Lam Tsuen. San Tsuen, Ping Long, Tai Om Shan and Chai Kek are also villages in which villagers are surnamed “Chung”. Other major surnames include Cheung(張), Wong(黃) and Chan(陳).
Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees
Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees is located on the right side of Tin Hau Temple in Fong Ma Po. Legend has it that the tree was originally a big camphor tree with the spirit tablet of Tudigong. The tree later withered and became a hollowed tree. According to the legend, an unmotivated worshipper prays there and becomes successful in study afterwards.
Then, many worshippers are attracted to pray. Later, because of the collapse of the tree, it has been replaced by a fake tree for worshippers to pray.
|Address: Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, New Territories|
|Opening hours: Daytime|
|How to get there:|
Method A – Take bus no. 64K or 64P at exit A3 of MTR Tai Po Market Station and get off at Fong Ma Po Station.
Method B – Take green minibus no. 25K at MTR Tai Wo Station Exit A and alight at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees.
Method C – Take a taxi from MTR Tai Wo Station Exit A.