Downtown Hong Kong gives a view of Asia’s world city that’s very different from what it once was. But as soon as you take a step into the New Territories, you’ll find much of the city’s rich heritage still stands as it once did, offering an amazing insight into a unique past that serves as a vivid contrast to the towering city you see today. Take a time-trip back into the mid-1800s as you enter Tai Fu Tai, the opulent residence built by a scholar who was bestowed the title of Tai Fu (Mandarin) by a Qing dynasty (1644–1911) emperor. Lavish plaster mouldings and auspicious Chinese wood carvings adorn its regal interior, while similar exquisite décor can also be perused inside the Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, built in honour of the Tang clan's founding ancestor. The nearby walled village of Lo Wai offers fascinating insights of what village life was like in the New Territories. You’ll then discover the roots of ancient beliefs inside the Man Mo Temple, dedicated to the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo). Another beautiful tradition stems from the enchanting Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, where local villagers burn joss sticks and incense papers hoping their wishes will come true. During Chinese New Year, many Hong Kong people make a pilgrimage to this spot to make their wishes for the new lunar year ahead. If you participate in this same tradition, you may be able to make your own wish come true!