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Dating back to the Qing dynasty, the mansion stands as an exemplary view into the lifestyles of the scholarly gentry

Tai Fu Tai Mansion stands as a shining example of a nineteenth-century multi-courtyard residence in Wing Ping Tsuen, San Tin. During the time of the mansion’s development, owning land was a standard way of preserving wealth. Built as a large study hall, the Mandarin-style building complex is a richly embellished estate blessed with spacious grounds.

The estate and its name tell the story of the Man clan’s prominence. Originating from Sichuan, the Man clan migrated to Jiangxi and Guangdong during the southern Song dynasty.

The title tai fu, meaning senior official, was bestowed by the emperor upon those who received the highest grade in the imperial Chinese civil service examinations. Beyond developing and maintaining wealth as landed gentry, the Man clan succeeded through education. Their poignant family history lives on through Tai Fu Tai mansion.

Test & photos by Victoria Mae Martyn