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Walled town of Fanling, were one of the most impotant clams in the region lived, protected by its wall from its neighbours. Clam wars were the rule in the old times. From this time only the external wall with its gum roles and its ancestor hall located at the village entrance, were the family worship its ancestors. Little alleys not wider tham a meter cross the village and separate its little houses. The place inside does not seem much diferent from some unpriviledged neighbourhood in my country apart from the religous symbols on the door houses.

Most of the walled villages in Hong Kong are located in the New Territories.

"A walled village (traditional Chinese: 圍村) is a kind of traditional building which is completely surrounded by thick defensive walls, protecting the residents from the attack of wild animals and enemies. Usually, people living in the walled village are extended families or clans sharing the same surname. Walled villages can be found in mainland China and Hong Kong." (wikipedia)

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