Grading: Grade 2
In 1948, the late philanthropist Lee Lu-cheung bought a land on Castle Peak Road where he built the Dragon Garden — a compound integrating traditional Chinese landscape garden design and Western architectural elements. The garden mansion is surrounded by walls, within which over 20 structures are built in a style resembling the architecture of the imperial court. The compound also features the biggest woodland of Buddhist pine trees in Hong Kong. During the 1960s, the Dragon Garden was open for public visit. Its swimming pool was also open to schoolchildren at that time. The place was featured in Bruce Lee’s classic film Enter the Dragon, and the money charged for filming on the site was donated to charity.
The Lee family once considered selling the mansion in 2006, but Lee’s youngest son and daughter-in-law, Lee Shiu and Jennie Mui Lee, didn’t want to leave the hard work of their father in the hands of the developer, so they ended up buying the property’s ownership from other members of the family. In 2019, an application was submitted for the redevelopment of the swimming pool in the Dragon Garden. It proposed to turn the swimming pool — the earliest structure in the garden — into a tourist centre, leading to controversy.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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