Under the highway bridge at the Shing Mun River in Tai Wai is a stone wall and a gate tower, hidden in the urban landscape against a backdrop of high-rise buildings. Inscribed on the gate tower is the name “Pok Nga Villa”.
Pok Nga Villa, also known as Wai Bun Castle, occupied a huge space, which was also previously the site of Mui Yuen Villa and Hop Hing Lung Shark Fin Factory. In 1971, Lui Lok, a former Chinese detective sergeant in Hong Kong, bought the land and took two years to redevelop the site into a mansion with a garden landscape. In 1976, Lui was wanted by the ICAC for fleeing a corruption investigation. Pok Nga Villa was subsequently taken over by a restaurant group and operated as a Chinese restaurant in the following ten years. The restaurant was later demolished due to the construction of Shing Mun Tunnel Road and new residences. The site was converted into a park, and only the gate tower and the wall remain. Today, one can still have a glimpse of how the villa looked in the old days from the music video of Yu Mei Ren, a popular song of late singer Teresa Teng. The scenery of the site and the beautiful landscape architecture, including the traditional pavilion, pond, rockery, and pine trees, are all captured in the video.
The project is supported by Lord Wilson Heritage Trust.
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