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Pui O Ham Tin Village 貝澳鹹田村
Hong Kong

Pui O Ham Tin Village 貝澳鹹田村 - 乘港鐵到東涌站,轉巴士往梅窩方向,於嶼南道梅窩村站下車,附近公廁方便後整裝起步。小心橫過公路,背山望海方向南出,荒田中石屎小徑引向咸田村,跨過村口花崗岩老橋接入村屋密集地帶。榕樹後途經新舊紛陳咸田村屋,那張氏宗祠,祠聯:「聚照列祖,永佑後人」。祠左蓮江堂,堂聯:「蓮江源脈遠,清河世澤長」。昔日青磚牆重修後改作新紅磚牆,分外搶眼,但基本形格不變,有坑瓦簾、金字頂、小天井,是典型客家祠堂。於村公所中又遇父老張勁之,少不免寒喧一陣子,近期兩次路經都打招呼,之前已有近十年未到此貝澳灣畔咸田村。   村公所向南走百碼即天后古廟處,例牌入廟拜神,廟中清靜,那清朝嘉慶四年古鐘漆上新衣,萬明爐造善信銘文清晰,鐘下有鼓。二千年初這天后古廟重修開光之日熱鬧非常,難得平日靜閒之廟竟然人山人海,可想神力之為神力,遠近慕朝敬拜者賓墟場面,十二年後今日印象仍新。      歲月匆匆恍如昨日,然環顧現場,即日隊友卻幾面目全非,十年人事果然全翻新。無論如何,往日情懷如舊,愛好如一,有新面孔也表示有新成員,推廣旅行活動近五十年,尚幸還可奔行在高山遠海、東南西北,每逢周日如期出隊,新舊面孔又何異哉。

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