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Sha Lo Wan 沙螺灣 Lantau Island
Hong Kong

Sha Lo Wan (Chinese: 沙螺灣) is a bay in the northwest Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The bay faces north to Hong Kong International Airport. The area is occupied by indigenous inhabitants. There is no road access to area and thus their communication is on foot or by ferry. Because of its inconvenience to urban area, villages in the area are suffered from depopulation. Only old generation lives in these villages.Villages in the area include Sha Lo Wan Tsuen (沙螺灣村, "Sha Lo Wan Village"), Sha Lo Wan San Tsuen (沙螺灣新村, "Sha Lo Wan New Village") and Sha Lo Wan Chung Hau (沙螺灣涌口).早在 1963 年旅行界及報界前輩吳灞陵先生在其著作《今日大嶼山》中有以下呼聲:「發展大嶼山這話語仍然是今天香港的重大課題,大嶼山之發展是饒有遠景的,值得我們注意……」大嶼山於港島西距約六哩海域,海岸綫曲折,擁有眾多海灣、古村、園林、溪流、亭台、牌坊、寺廟、碑刻等等,成為旅行愛好者探索提供無限資源,而島西北中段沙螺灣及村落史迹豐富,自古以來是旅人好去處。乘渡輪(東涌、屯門或中環)於沙螺灣碼頭登陸,眼前的是橙黃色沙灘,早歲據村民稱這沙螺灣沙灘有小螺,細如沙,潮退挖沙即見,故自古流傳此灣頭便稱沙螺灣(這現象與大埔沙螺洞村相似,亦以特產生物沙螺作地名)。灣畔排屋一列,是為遠近馳名把港大王古廟及福德祠。廟額正門稱把港古廟,廟內供奉的是洪聖大王,相信這是全港唯一如此稱呼!是否把港聖爺當作把守這港口而稱為把港古廟,值得考究。還有一奇,把港古廟鄰為天后廟,天后是水神(宋代),而洪聖也是水神(唐代),兩水神同時供奉在一起,境內亦少見。也許讀者感到奇怪,沙螺灣人口不多,怎會有兩大神一福德坐鎮(村中另有大王爺),曾查訪原來拜祭並不止是沙螺灣及附近(深屈、東涌)村民,遠及屯門及鹽田一帶漁民都來拜祭。天后誕期間在東涌、大澳街上你會見到沙螺灣天后神功戲海報,把港古廟中有清朝乾隆三十九年(公元 1774 年)古爐,多通新舊碑刻中知悉該廟曾於清朝咸豐二年重修(公元 1852 年)。

Copyright: Njohn
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6782x3391
Taken: 19/05/2013
Uploaded: 20/06/2013
Updated: 06/04/2015


Tags: sha lo wan; 沙螺灣; lantau island
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