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“Tsang Tai Uk”
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Ranked #475 of 853 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: A typical Hakka fortified village built in 1848 as a stronghold for the Tsang clan.
Reviewed November 18, 2014

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.

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed March 1, 2012

Tsang Tai Uk is probably the most convenient traditional walled village to reach from Kowloon and the island. A short train journey to Tai Wai followed by a 15 minute walk gives you a glimpse of life in HK as it was for many people. Modernity has crept in but the village largely remains intact. Well worth a visit but be wary that people do live here and don't want strangers trying to peek in through their windows.

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Reviewed January 30, 2012

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.

Date of experience: January 2012
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

This is a historic and interesting building, but not really a tourist attraction. Building started in mid-1800's at the time of British colonisation of Hong Kong. It is a classical Hakka fortified village with thick outer walls, corner gun towers, and agricultural fields for defence. The public is only welcomed in the front forecourt through the three archways and the ancestral hall in the middle. The rest of the building is private residential and out of bounds to the public. The residents are allowed to use the public area for their domestic purposes, and they still farm the field in front of the village with flowers and fruits such as papaya. This is really of interest to the building and historic enthusiasts. There are only a few other similar walled villages in Hong Kong and most are still lived in by people and have limited access by the public.

Date of experience: December 2011
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Date of experience: December 2018
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