Alvin In The Room: Journal

Ping Che - school, art and farm in a village

I didn't know a place called Ping Che (坪輋) in Hong Kong, until knowing that an art festival being held there. It is one of the villages located in northeast Hong Kong, and one of the places where you can escape from the bustling city, having a joy in such a simple life there!

It's also a big venue for The Emptyscape Art Festival. The place which will be developed as a new town but seems to be postponed as planned, according to the information provided by Wikipedia. The festival is just a starting point and it's more than art, by visiting the school which has already been shut down, art village and a farm to rethink about self, community, life and possibilities...

一直不知道坪輋這個地方,直到得悉那邊會舉辦藝術節。坪輋位於新界東北的粉嶺附近,那裡有村莊,是其中一個暫時讓人逃離城市的地方。

坪輋也是空城藝術節舉辦場地,更是政府打算規劃興建新市鎮(但根據維基,計劃會押後)的地方。參與這裡的藝術節只是一個出發點,而參與已結束的校舍、參觀藝術村落、參觀農田或許會讓人重新思考一下自己、社區和可能性⋯⋯

 

Ping Yeung School | 坪洋公立學校

The only school in the village was closed in 2007, not too long as the other one (should be more than forty years) in Shek Lung Kung I visited. Trees and plants have never settled down inside the school as some people keeps coming here, especially having some art works. The school seems to be a ruin but it can be a new place of freedom and expression.

這所村校於2007年結束,相對於我們曾在石龍拱附近、廢校估計有約40年的蓮花山公校,離廢校到現在算是比較短。植物和樹木還未來得及生根,就已經不斷有人來訪過,甚至留下一些藝術作品。與其說它是廢墟,倒不如說它已經成為了一個自由表達的場所⋯⋯

 

AN ART VILLAGE | 藝術村落

In Google Maps, there is a place called 坪洋壁畫村. It's a village with many public art works. During the art festival, there are guides on the road which teaches visitors how to experience the nature by seeing and hearing.

在Google地圖上可看到一個叫坪洋壁畫村的地方,不論是路上還是屋子都有公共藝術作品,讓村莊有一點生氣!你還可以看到路上張貼著教人如何從視覺和聽覺感受大自然的指示。

 

CHUNKEE FARM AND THE CONCERT | 珍記農場與音樂表演

There is an organic farm in the village (Chunkee Farm, 珍記農場) and you can buy fresh local fruit and vegetable. An outdoor music concert held there last Saturday attracted a lot of people coming there. They sat anywhere they like, ate the food and snacks bought from the villagers. The excellent performance ended with a beautiful sunset!

珍記農場是坪輋的一個有機農場,在那裡你可以買到本地新鮮的蔬菜和水果。在藝術節舉行期間,有一個音樂表演在那邊進行。不少人都選一個位置坐下來,一邊吃著在村內買的小吃,一邊靜心傾聽演出。音樂會以美麗夕陽作為結束。

 

AND MORE... | 更多更多⋯⋯

No, there are more and more to be seen. A temple. On top of the mountain with the skyline of Shenzhen, China... Unfortunately I didn't have time to explore them. Maybe next time.

還沒完的,還有寺廟、山上的景色。可惜沒有時間去探索,只好留待下次了。

 

Don't worry If you miss the event because it will also be held the coming weekends (27 and 28 Feb 2016). Check Emptyscape's Facebook for more details. If you think you still can't, you can visit the village anytime as you like.

如果錯過了上星期空城藝術節也不要緊,因為還有接下來周末日(2月27-28日)。如果還是沒空,坪輋這個地方隨時都可以前來。

 

Ping Che | 坪輋

 

To get there, take green minibus (route 52K) from Fanling MTR station (Exit C) and get off at Kau Kee Store (九記士多).

前往坪輋,可於粉嶺港鐵站C出口搭乘52K專線小巴,於「九記士多」下車。