Tsang Tai Uk

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Tsang Tai Uk
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A typical Hakka fortified village built in 1848 as a stronghold for the Tsang clan.
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Hong Kong, China3,977 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
...near the right hand side (as you look at it from the park) to get a sense of the history of this building. It’s fascinating to walk round, seeing how people still live in a communal environment but obviously be careful to be respectful as it’s their home!
Written February 28, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China147,399 contributions
Sep 2019
Tsang Tai Uk (Big House of the Tsangs) is a hakka village that seems lost in time in modern residential community of Sha Tin. This is a grade 1 Historic building in Hong Kong and an interesting heritage attraction to consider seeing for those planning to spend time in Sha Tin during visits to Hong Kong.

The original village here established around 500 years ago. However, the walled compound that you see dates back to the 1850s when it was constructed of granite, bricks and solid timber, giving Tsang Tai Uk the appearance that you will still see to this day.

The village is rectangular in shape and surrounded by a wall which served as an important fortification during more turbulent times in Hong Kong's history. Within there are several rows of brick houses where residents live to this day. There is a corner tower within that is particularly interesting to see.

You can enter and walk around Tsang Tai Uk. However, do keep in mind that residents still live here today and and this is their home. So be respectful and avoid taking pictures of people within.

You'll find Tsang Tai Uk 5 minute walk east of the Che Kung Temple MTR Station.
Written October 30, 2019
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Pavel K
Hlucin, Czech Republic75 contributions
Oct 2015
Surprise surprise, this is not a tourist attraction but a place where people live! Anyway, a very nice authentic piece of Hong Kong very different from busy and packed Kowloon or upscale European-styled Central.
Written October 24, 2015
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LVEATW2014
Hong Kong, China62 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
There's not much to Tsang Tai Uk and it doesn't register as a stand alone "must see" attraction...however, I would include it with any Sha Tin afternoon itinerary. If you want to make an afternoon out of visiting 10,000 Buddhas, I'd head to the Sha Tin Wai area first. If you get off at the Che Kung Temple MTR stop you can see the namesake temple. Not much to the Taoist temple either. Tsang Tai Uk is a 10-15 minutes walk north of here. There's not much to this site and if you aren't careful you could walk past without realizing it. People continue to live here and it's not marked as a tourist attraction per se. Farther north, northeast of the Sha Tin Wai MTR station you can do a quick loop through Sha Tin Wai Village and see a current day village of houses vs. the typical Hong Kong hi-rise apartment living. After that you can walk across the river to 10,000 Buddhas. The 10,000 Buddhas close at 5 so if you grab a drink afterwards at Pacific Coffee in the Home Square "mall" you can continue on to Chun Kun Kee in the Wo Che Estates for dinner. Doing all this will give you a much different perspective on Hong Kong residential life than what you may see in the Causeway Bay through Central area.
Written November 18, 2014
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MandieWC
Hong kong24 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
Its not as well preserved as it should be, but you can still see the history there.
If you are around the area, after visiting che kung temple, its okay to go for a visit.

if you are interested in villages like this, yuen long area probably have better preserved ones.
Written September 20, 2017
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Paul H
Huddersfield, UK1,686 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
This run down village was once built by a rich stone mason for his clan. There is a temple there and still some of the families live here.
It's not well preserved. The streets are difficult to walk up. I am disabled and found most places to hard to get too.
Even while we were here three people twisted their ankles and a woman cut her leg when the stones gave way underfoot.
It does need preserving as once was a magnificent place.
Any film maker would find it a fabulous set for a film.
Written December 15, 2018
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hktraveller328
Hong Kong, China1,232 contributions
Nov 2014
Might be disappointing if you want to see walled houses entirely traditional. The layout is meant to be traditional; however, the walls of many core families have been renovated and you see patches of different colours with eye sores such as air-conditioners and aluminium window frames.
Written August 14, 2015
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China147,399 contributions
Jan 2012 • Couples
The history behind the traditional Hakka fortified village and the fact that it still remains and is used by local residents to this day is impressive. However, it doesn't seem there is much interest in making the Tsang Tai Uk village tourist friendly at this point in time.

There are plenty of signs pointing you to the fortified village from the Che Kung MTR area but once you get there, you are basically on your own to explore the entrance of the fortress. There is no information posted anywhere other than a much faded old sign that is difficult to read. At the fortress entrance, which you can enter, you immediately notice that locals still live here and are going about their daily business, it is as if you are walking into their homes. There is very little to see with the exception of a small worship area in the middle which we were able to pop into for a few moments. The outside walls of the fortified village were interesting, we did enjoy walking around them a bit, this was the best part of this place.

Tsang Tai Uk is a strange place. It seems to have real potential to become an interesting tourist attraction in the Sha Tin area. However, at present, it is very underwhelming and lacks the proper management to be considered a decent tourist attraction. Because of the great number of things to do and see in Hong Kong, it is not worth spending your time here unless you are particularly interested in Hakka culture and history and are planning to visit the Sha Tin area.
Written January 31, 2012
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China8,929 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Tsang Tai Uk is a (relatively) well preserved Hakka walled village in Hong Kong. Conveniently located in Shatin, it is still a living community with many residents. Those who are interested in the city's past would like to visit this place.
Written August 4, 2018
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alexchk
Hong Kong640 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
Built by a wealthy stone mason for his family in this what was the idyllic countryside in 1870's. Rather unusual architectural design, most residents are the descendants of the clan. Worth taking a look if you are cycling round the New Territories.
Written November 2, 2016
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