Grading: Declared Monument
This ancestral hall was constructed in 1788 to commemorate Hau Jui-fei, alias Hau Mei-fung, the 19th generation ancestor of the Hau clan. It was built by Hau’s great grandson Hau Cheuk-wan, a successful candidate in the imperial examinations at the provincial level. It was said that the family of Hau had once spread grains on the ground to create a carpet for men and horses to walk on, showing the family’s prominence in town. After the Second World War, many members of the Hau clan moved overseas. The hall was rented by different factories for storage and industrial purposes, and deteriorated over time. Luckily, the basic layout of the hall has been preserved and that government funding was received to carry out repair works.
Featuring two halls and three chambers, the ancestral hall is a typical vernacular building from the Qing Dynasty. The chambers are located on the two sides of the courtyard. Rarely seen in traditional Chinese buildings in Hong Kong, the rear hall is fronted by a porch with a humpbacked roof. At the front hall, a pair of inner eaves columns are carved from red sandstone, a precious construction material at the time. The entire ancestral hall is decorated with fine and opulent wood carvings of auspicious animals, flowers, geometric patterns, and motifs from Chinese folk stories.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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