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Old Sep 3, 2008, 9:47 PM   #1
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'Ancient' here refers to the time of the Qing Dynasty. In those days, going to school was confined to those who had the means to do so. The knowledge students learned in school is mainly confined to the traditional Canons related to, for example, ethics, morality, principles about interpersonal relationship, literatures, arts and cultures, simple arithmetics, and politics of being an official in the imperial government.

The main aim of the study halls is to civilize andto pass on knowledge from one generation to the next.Externally, the study halls are to prepare younsters for the imperial government's civil service examinations. Selected in the examinations, youngsters will beofficials in the Qing government.

The examinations are themain way to climb the social stations in Qing's time. Of course, you can do soin the commercialfield but you have to be onefrom the examination system before you can be a high-ranking official in the Qing government.

There are still some study halls remaining in Hong Kong and they are mainly confined to the New Territories in the northern partof Hong Kong bordering Shen Zhen of the Mainland. Here are a few of them in the New Territories:

1The ones in Ping Shan

a. King Ting Study Hall and Ching Shu Hin Boading House for Visiting Scholars

The entrance to the far endleads to the study hall while the one at the near end leads to the boarding house.


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Old Sep 3, 2008, 9:49 PM   #2
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i) One of the study rooms in the study hall
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ii) The layout of facilities in the study hall is symmetrical in design. Here is a close-up of the window and door of another study room opposite to the one in (i)


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iii) Another one in the interior of the study hall.
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iv) The living rooms of the boarding house



v) The entrance to the boarding house. The wood boards are honorific boards showing the achievements the clan members got from the imperial civil services examinations.


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b) The Saints Public Study Hall
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Old Sep 3, 2008, 10:02 PM   #7
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2 The ones in Kam Tin

a) Kings College

Kings here refer to kings of the Zhou Dynasty.
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b) Kings of Zhou's College II





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