ABSTRACT

In Wang Toi Shan, there are two separate entrances/exits connected to two main roads that lead to the two different areas of the northern part of Hong Kong’s New Territories—only a short step away from the border with China. Instead of the grand entrances of walled villages that grace many of the photos or books on rural villages—complete with vegetable gardens and paddy fields alongside pagoda-roof architecture and grey-brick houses—each entrance greets visitors with garages and warehouses that lead to a random assortment of houses or more warehouses and rugged roads. While taking a car ride or a walk along the road leading to the centre of the village, the haphazard clusters of old and new houses and their proximity to each other suggests that villagers seek both housing and a vibrant, if hectic, village life.