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Tai Po is a former traditional market town but now
has a population of about 282,000 people. Tai Po District is one of the 18 districts
of Hong Kong.
Nam Wa Po Village
In year 2000, Nam Wa Po Village, a settlement
with 300 permanent residents in Lam Tsuen, Tai Po was awarded the title of the "Most Beautified Village",
beating more than 180 other contesting villages across the New Territories.
A century ago, a member of the Lam clan of Hang Ha Po registered the purchase of 200 acres
of land. Nam Wa Po village was founded there. Mr Lam Tai-wan paid 220 HKD for the land in
year 1906. Compared to nowadays prices, that was a great buy.
In year 2006, Lam clan from Nam Wa Po village,
has celebrated the land purchase made by their ancestor. All 300 clan members who still live in the village
were present. Lams who live in Canada, Britain and other countries also joined.
For the village centenary birthday, villagers have published a historical booklet tracing Nam Wa Po's
history and the significance of the school the villagers founded.
In the past, the British local District Officer selected two or three boys
from every community, usually the sons of important residents. Then they offer them enrolments at
government schools. There they learned the English language. The aim was
to ensure that in every village there were people who spoke English language, making it easier for the
administration to govern.
The Nam Wa Po School was built in the 1920s and restored in 1953. It was still opened until
The choice was unfair for the families, who were not selected.
So in the 1920s, the Lams of Nam Wa Po built a school. It was one of the first villages in
Tai Po to provide education for their children.
Nam Wa Po today has 300 indigenous villagers. Another 400 native sons and daughters
are living abroad.
The school building stands as a symbol of faith in schooling.
The building incorporated a church, which is still used with weekly services held for about
40 worshippers. The other half of the building is used as a gathering place for villagers and
tutorial centre for students.
For Nam Wa Po village's 100th birthday party, there was a big performance with singers
to celebrate and the villagers hosted a traditional "Pun Choy" banquet.
The party cost 300,000 HKD. It was an occasion to enjoy as well as to thank
Pan Chung walled village
Pan Chung walled village's ancestor hall features portraits
of the ancestor including an altar with flowers and offerings.