On the Plain of Plenty Making Of

01 Mar, 2024

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On the Plain of Plenty

Once upon a time, the Chinese characters of Yuen Long were literally “the plain of the plenty”. The alluvial basin, encompassing Kam Tin and Pat Heung to the east, Shap Pat Heung and Tai Tong to the south, Ping Shan and Hung Shui Kiu to the west, and Wang Chow and Tai Sang Wai to the north, is a rare expanse of flat land in hilly Hong Kong. Well irrigated and fertile, it had bountiful harvests under the blazing sun. The legend goes that rice from its paddy fields was offered to the emperors. Over time, various ethnic groups settled here, infusing the air with the aroma of home cooking from close and afar. As the new town developed, eateries sprouted along the main road. Citizens could affordably enjoy a hearty feast.

Now destined to become part of the Northern Metropolis, the plain of the plenty is in a state of flux. At this moment, how can we savour this place with artistic sensibility? 

 

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