Pauline, who loves hiking, photography and urban exploration, adores the rare White-flowered Derris at Lai Chi Wo in Yan Chau Tong Marine Park. The Derris is a giant vine, thick like a giant python, twisting and winding around, clinging onto the adjacent tree trunks. It sometimes forms a large vine ring, showing its vitality. It looks amazing.
Lai Chi Wo is one of the best-preserved traditional Hakka villages in Hong Kong. It was built before 1670 and has a long history of farming. Some village houses are abandoned, but the restored Hip Tin Temple, Hok Shan Temple and fung-shui walls at the main entrance have re-instated some characteristics and vitality of the past.
Lai Chi Wo is named after its rich lychee harvest. In the 16th century, the Wong and Cheng clan had settled here, and it is a rare 2-clan village in Hong Kong. The village retains the traditional layout of 9 horizontal alleys and 3 vertical alleys.
The innovative revitalization of the Lai Cho Wo’s rural cultural landscape was awarded the newly introduced Special Recognition for Sustainable Development by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2020.