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Sha Tin also has still many villages, including Pai Tau,
that are very close to the MTR and the city centre.
Sha Tin Tau village
In front of Sha Tin Tau village, there are a big pond. From a Feng Shui philosophy point
of view, it collects positive energies and delivers them to the environment. Water is important
for wealth, success and purity.
The founder of Tsang Tai Uk fortified house
is named Tsang Koon Man. He is said to have made his fortune from a
The walled house is actually a rectangular array of buildings, which
are arranged in orderly fashion.
The four corners of Tsang Tai Uk fortified house are in shape
of traditional tea pail handles.
At the four corners of the house are three-storey fortresses.
On the top of each fortress are row of gun holes and watch towers.
The ancestral hall also serves as a meeting place for the 300 villagers who are
living inside the fortified village.
Sometimes a red lantern is raised in the ancestral wall, a tradition
used to cerebrate good harvest in the old days but also for important gathering for all the male villagers.
The villagers discuss how to split amongst the male villagers the profits the village had
received from renting out the lands throughout the year.
Visitors are welcome to enter the first courtyard
and look at the ancestor hall which is opposite of the middle gate.
The ancestral hall is an important building. It is the centre of village or clan life.
Feasts, festivals and meetings are held there.
There are two wells at either end of the first
courtyard in order to have drinking water in times of siege.
Tsang Tai Uk is also known as Shan Ha Wai ("Walled Village at the Mountain's Foot")
and is one of the best preserved Hakka walled village in Hong Kong.
Nowadays there are still three main gates leading into Tsang Tai Uk
Only the first courtyard is allowed for visitors. The inner courtyards are
The fortified house is arranged in three rows, with nine
houses in each row.
Tsing Tai Uk is a private property. The current heritage law does not give the Government
the power to prevent private landowners from demolishing or altering historic buildings.
Tsang Tai Uk is an old walled village housing the Tsang clan.
It is also still used as a domicile by many people related to the clan.
The walled village gained its current name when it gave refuge to displaced
families after the Second World War.
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artifacts and works of art from the territory and neighbouring regions.