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Tsang Tai Uk (Tsang’s big house)

  • (worth a detour)
  • half day
  • 2 2

Well preserved landmark with unique Chinese architecture built in the late 1800s

Hong Kong

At the foot of Lion Rock in Shatin this fortified village structure was built by mason and quarry master Tsang Koon Man in 1870; fashioned in the Chinese vernacular style with enclosing grey brickwork, guard towers and ‘wok-handle’ gables. A listed structure it still houses some 100 families who, oblivious to curious observers, casually go about their daily business; modern-day concessions including air-conditioners and parking lots do not detract. Atop each gable note the metal tridents intended to repel evil spirits. Afterwards, turn westward and take the underpass to emerge upon Sha Tin Tau, a typical Hong Kong village with cultivated plots and pathways.