I can't relate my joy when I read that the Hong Kong government finally lifted its pandemic-related travel restrictions, and that the city is now ready to reconnect with the world. So I quickly booked an air-ticket after confirming my schedule to travel to the city which I have always adored. I must say that this long-awaited return to Hong Kong is filled with much nostalgia. Despite a hiatus of four years, it still turns out, there is a handful of worthy attractions in Hong Kong for me. One of which is the Kwong Pan Tin Mural Village, known as the ‘Hong Kong version of the Rainbow Village.’ Nestled along the hillside on the way up Tai Mo Shan in Hong Kong, Kwong Pan Tin is not just the typical low-rise squatter village of uninspiring concrete and metal shacks. Volunteers, including children and their parents, worked with villagers to beautify the village with plenty of colour. The various artworks on the buildings and public infrastructure reflected the village economy and customs, including the big pineapples that once were plentiful here.
当香港政府终于宣布放宽大部分防疫管控措施时，雀跃不已，兴奋地安排了一趟久违香港之旅。接下来我会在部落格陆陆续续地和你们分享这次我在香港的探访的景点。首先，我要介绍的是港版的彩绘壁画村。彩虹眷村是不少人游台湾必到景点之一，其实香港也有港味的彩绘壁画村，位于荃湾大帽山上寮屋区的光板田村， 光听名字，我还以为是日本某地方的名字。以前去香港旅行都没发现荃湾有一个港版彩虹眷村，而且是已有近七十年历史的寮屋乡村。据村民的解释，五十年代的荃湾山区一带一片荒芜，连大树都很稀疏。当时香港政府鼓励开垦荒地，人们依著山势种菜。原本四周光秃秃的，只有板块般的田地，就顺理成章叫作“光板田村”。从荃湾地铁站外搭 51 号巴士去光板田村只需十五分钟，小小的村庄坐落于公路旁，平时路过未必会发现。
Entrance to part 2 of the village where the artworks are located is marked by a rainbow-coloured staircase.
A pair of cartoon pigs greets you for visiting or returning home.
The murals are concentrated on both sides of the staircase uphill. While it is not a long section of art, each wall has its own interesting design.
This mural village successfully raised residents' sense of community through the mural project. In the recent years, mural villages have been a tool for tourism and community development in Hong Kong. Just a friendly reminder that when you are at Kwong Pan Tin Mural Village, please be mindful not to disturb the village residents while having fun!