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Kat Hing Wai at Kam Tin in Yuen Long is a historic walled village built during the Chenghua reign (1465 - 1487) of the Ming Dynasty by the Tang Clan. The square shape village is completely surrounded by grey brick walls erected to protect villagers from invaders. Inside the village, there is a small temple dedicated to 15 deities.

Kat Hing Wai is best known for the "Iron Gates Incident" of 1899, when the British army tried to take over the New Territories but faced strong resistance from villagers of Kam Tin Heung. After several battles, the villagers withdrew behind the iron gates to hold out against the British army. Later, the British army entered Kat Hing Wai, removed and shipped the gates away as booty.

In 1924, Tang Pak Kau, a senior of the clan, petitioned to the British Government for the return of the gates. The British Government finally returned the gates, and a returning ceremony was held on 26 May 1925.

The Shrine, Entrance Gate, Watchtowers and Enclosing Walls of Kat Hing Wai were rated Grade 1 historic buildings in 2010.


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