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.
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