My husband family living in Tai Po, Hong Kong and the older generation of the families that first settled down in these mountainous terrain were the Hakka group. He always wanted to show me the old railway station which was built in 1913 under the British control. I have never expect to enjoy myself so much at this historical place and learn lot the history of this old Tai Po Railway Station.
Source from Wikipedi
The Kowloon-Canton Railway (British Section) opened in 1910 in Tai Po Market was one of the stops in the New Territories. The station building was erected in 1913. Since then, it acted as a centre of administration and trade which indirectly boosted Tai Wo Market’s economy by bringing traders there.
The KCR was electrified in 1983 and the station was taken out of service, with new stations being opened to the north (Tai Wo) and south (Tai Po Market) of it. One year later, the Old Tai Po Market Railway Station was declared a monument. The site, together with the buildings and relevant exhibits, were then given to the government by the KCRC for the construction of the Museum.
The building of the station is unique in the way of architectural style among original Kowloon-Canton Railway (British Section). It is of indigenous Chinese architectural style, with many small figures decorating the exterior, such as are commonly found in existing old southern Chinese temples.
There are six coaches on the tracks for public viewing and appreciation of the contrast between the old and the new. Besides, there are a pump trolley and a diesel-engined railcar.
I would recommend this beautiful place to all my friends if you are in Hong Kong, it worth a visit for a photo shoot. The coaches are ancient and spotless so it is a good spot for photos shots with models. The trains are well maintenance with staff on site to check it. It is free admission but check when they are open as we had been here when they were closed. The coaches are amazing spooky, haunting beautiful with the old worn lookalike with beautiful light from the windows. It is a ten stars score for this place and advantage is there aren’t any tourists or locals so can enjoy all day taking photos without interruption.