Tai Fu Tai Mansion

1865, Vernacular 民間建築及屋邨

Wing Ping Tsuen, San Tin

Located in Wing Ping Tsuen of San Tin, Tai Fu Tai Mansion was built by Man Chung Luen in the 4th year of the Tongzhi reign of Qing Dynasty (1865), Man was born into the 21st generation of the clan. The mansion is an example of a traditional Chinese dwelling of the scholar-gentry class in Hua Nan region. Featuring a courtyard house layout, the mansion was constructed in premium grey bricks and granite-blocks. The building was decorated with various sculptures, murals, plaster mouldings and ceramic figurines. The ridges of the entrance hall and the main hall, as well as the two eave boards in the front were decorated with exquisite ceramic figurines manufactured at the famous Wenrubi kiln at Shiwan in Foshan, Guangdong province. The structures show clear hierachy. Along the central axis lay the entrance hall and the main hall, with a study room, a side hall, a domestic helpers’ chamber and a kitchen built on the two sides. The most valuable features of the architecture are the only-remaining bilingual (Chinese and Manchurian) honorific board bestowed on the owner’s parents by Guangxu Emperor of Qing Dynasty, as well as the only well preserved private lavatory in the New Territories and the “Girl’s Room” for unmarried daughters.


文及攝影::吳日輝 (香港建築文物保護學會會員)