2015.9.6 | 粉嶺聯發街 2-16 luen fat street, fanling
when we talk about luen wo hui at fanling these days, we most likely think of the historic and unused market building facing luen wo road.
“hui” the term in chinese actually means market town. back in 1950s, villagers and town leaders at fanling and villages around got together were some town-planning pioneers. they raised funds and set up a company and developed the luen wo hui market town. the open market and covered market (i.e. the luen wo market) were the main focus of the development but there included a well-planned town around it as well. it comprises of six streets – luen wo road, wo fung street, luen cheong street, luen shing street, luen hing street and luen fat street. many two storey buildings were built along these streets with retail spaces on ground level and the upper level is for residential purpose. what an amazing development when i learnt about this.
the building in this photo could be a reflection of those two-storey retail-residential construction if not the real architecture built back in 1950s. the long stretch of window is such a romantic scene. it allows wind and light flow well and i can almost breathe the air 50 years ago. it is also a luxury in this air-tight glass wall manic city.