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“Traditional HK culture just a short train ride away” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tsang Tai Uk

Tsang Tai Uk
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US$ 96.25*
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Kowloon and The New Territories Half Day Tour
Ranked #428 of 807 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: A typical Hakka fortified village built in 1848 as a stronghold for the Tsang clan.
Hong Kong, China
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“Traditional HK culture just a short train ride away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

Tsang Tai Uk is probably the most convenient traditional walled village to reach from Kowloon and the island. A short train journey to Tai Wai followed by a 15 minute walk gives you a glimpse of life in HK as it was for many people. Modernity has crept in but the village largely remains intact. Well worth a visit but be wary that people do live here and don't want strangers trying to peek in through their windows.

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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Russian first
  • Thai first
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Hong Kong, China
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“Historically interesting but not managed well as an actual attraction, offering poor visitation value”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

The history behind the traditional Hakka fortified village and the fact that it still remains and is used by local residents to this day is impressive. However, it doesn't seem there is much interest in making the Tsang Tai Uk village tourist friendly at this point in time.

There are plenty of signs pointing you to the fortified village from the Che Kung MTR area but once you get there, you are basically on your own to explore the entrance of the fortress. There is no information posted anywhere other than a much faded old sign that is difficult to read. At the fortress entrance, which you can enter, you immediately notice that locals still live here and are going about their daily business, it is as if you are walking into their homes. There is very little to see with the exception of a small worship area in the middle which we were able to pop into for a few moments. The outside walls of the fortified village were interesting, we did enjoy walking around them a bit, this was the best part of this place.

Tsang Tai Uk is a strange place. It seems to have real potential to become an interesting tourist attraction in the Sha Tin area. However, at present, it is very underwhelming and lacks the proper management to be considered a decent tourist attraction. Because of the great number of things to do and see in Hong Kong, it is not worth spending your time here unless you are particularly interested in Hakka culture and history and are planning to visit the Sha Tin area.

Visited January 2012
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“Not Really A Tourist Attraction”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

This is a historic and interesting building, but not really a tourist attraction. Building started in mid-1800's at the time of British colonisation of Hong Kong. It is a classical Hakka fortified village with thick outer walls, corner gun towers, and agricultural fields for defence. The public is only welcomed in the front forecourt through the three archways and the ancestral hall in the middle. The rest of the building is private residential and out of bounds to the public. The residents are allowed to use the public area for their domestic purposes, and they still farm the field in front of the village with flowers and fruits such as papaya. This is really of interest to the building and historic enthusiasts. There are only a few other similar walled villages in Hong Kong and most are still lived in by people and have limited access by the public.

Visited December 2011
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