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    Default Yuen's Mansion, Mui Wo, Lantau, Hong Kong, August 2018


    1. The History
    Yuen's Mansion, also known as "Yu De Li Wai", is a characteristic old house located in the bridgehead village of Mui Wo Chung Kau, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The old house was built in the 1920s and the 1940s out of granite. On December 18, 2009, it was assessed as a Grade II historic building. The complex includes six buildings in total; a main house, a former house, a barn, Dong Geng Lou, Xi Geng Lou and a hut adjacent to Dong Geng Lou.

    The Yuan House was built by Yuan Huazhao, a former member of the Chinese Nationalist Party. During World War II, he played a role in anticipation and defence against the Japanese invasion. A part of the housing estate is now abandoned. The other part is a dormitory for workers in nearby holiday homes. There is still one cannon in the house. The four major buildings (view tower) in Mui Wo are composed of these two buildings, the Luti Pond and the Butterfly Hill.

    Current owner, Yuen Chit-chi, recently criticised the local government for a decade of drainage work near the historic site that has left it sinking.

    2. The Explore
    Bit of a mini-explore. Our table at a restaurant wasn’t ready for half-an-hour so with a bit of time to kill I hiked over to this place, having vague memories of previously seen this place. It paid off as the place was where I thought it was and was relatively easily accessible. From the outside the watch-tower and attached building look to be pretty sturdy but once inside you see that it is very much a shell of a building. All the same a nice little boutique explore.

    3. The Pictures



    The watch-tower built out of chunky granite blocks:

    img9283 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This bit doesn’t look too steady:

    img9282 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9280 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Front elevation:

    img9279 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9278 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9277 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Heritage house to the left:

    img9266 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Inside we go:

    img9275 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    All the window frames have fallen out:

    img9271 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the doors too:

    img9263 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    Remains of an old bed-head:

    img9273 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The first floor has completely collapsed:

    img9272 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Leaving this sink high and dry:

    img9270 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9269 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    New buildings have sprung up nearby:

    img9267 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    At least the external walls look sturdy:

    img9264 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9262 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Interesting looking building. A shame that some of the floors have disappeared.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Brilliant hughie.such a varying amount of stuff
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    Interesting looking building. A shame that some of the floors have disappeared.
    Cheers mate. Yeah...kind of weird the floors have just given way.
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    Brilliant hughie.such a varying amount of stuff
    Cheers Mikey. Got a few more to come!

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    hahaha this made me laugh HD...I'd have turned up to the restaurant 6hrs too late and covered in shit, hope you enjoyed your meal too
    ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by prettyvacant71 View Post
    hahaha this made me laugh HD...I'd have turned up to the restaurant 6hrs too late and covered in shit, hope you enjoyed your meal too
    Ha ha...that wouldn't have gone down too well! The frustrating thing was right next to the restaurant was a MASSIVE abandoned school that I walked straight past without noticing because I was on a mission. Hey ho...next time.

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