VISITORS have been warned not to bring meat to Kam Tin over the five days of the Ta Chiu celebration, held every 10 years by Hong Kong's oldest clan. All 4,000 Tang residents in the New Territories villages will perform a purification ceremony as part of the Ta Chiu, which means literally 'arrange sacrifices'. Tang Kwong-yuen, chair-man of the organising committee, said those who brought meat to the villages would be told to leave. 'We have written to restaurants and shops to ask for their co-operation. No animals should be killed and no meat should be cooked or sold,' Mr Tang, 41, said. 'We will also put up notices to warn outsiders not to bring in any meat. They can enjoy barbecues, but no pork or beef please. 'We cannot fine or jail those who break the rule but we hope outsiders can co-operate with us. This is a form of respect paid to us, our ancestors and the spirits.' Most senior villagers will tomorrow check and burn a list of names of all the Tang families in Chow Wong Yi King Shu Yuen, one of their oldest study halls, to notify the spirits of the start of their five-day celebration. More than $3 million raised by the villagers has been spent on paper offerings, preparing puppet shows and a 40,000 square-foot bamboo and tin-sheet hut. Another $300,000 has been spent on vegetarian food to offer visitors.