Grading: Declared Monument
Built in 1865, Tai Fu Tai Mansion was the residence of Man Chung-luen, a member of the Man clan of San Tin. It was said that Man was a generous person, who was good at making money. He was granted the title “Tai Fu” — which can be translated as “Lord” in English — by Qing Emperor Guangxu. Inscribed with Han and Manchu characters, two plaques bestowed by the emperor were put up in the main hall, and they remain the only ones that can be found in Hong Kong.
Tai Fu Tai Mansion is a traditional Chinese courtyard house built of brick and granite. A gold lacquer plaque engraved with the Chinese characters of “Tai Fu Tai” is hung on the main gate. Spaces in the interior are nicely organised, giving a magnificent touch to the house. Decorated with fine Chinese sculptures, murals, clay figures, ceramic works, and auspicious Chinese motifs, the opulent Chinese-style mansion includes Western architectural elements as well. For instance, interior archways are adorned with painted glass and sculpted floral patterns. There is also a private latrine in the house — one that is preserved in relatively good condition as compared with the others in the New Territories — which allows visitors to learn more about the toilet culture of the past.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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