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King Yin Lei - A Well-Preserved Chinese Renaissance Landmark in Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

King Yin Lei - Mid-Levels, Hong KongKing Yin Lei is a well-preserved old mansion located at 45 Stubbs Road Mid-levels, Hong Kong Island. It is known for its unique Chinese Renaissance architecture which successfully combined Chinese and Western styles.

Designed by  British architect A.R. Fenton-Rayen for notable merchant and philanthropist Shum Yat-chor and his family, the mansion was completed in 1937 using red bricks and green roof tiles. It is surrounded by lush gardens and pavilions. It's original name was "Hei Lo."

In 1978, the property was sold to the Yow family and was renamed "King Yin Lei".

Apart from its architectural importance, the mansion is also esteemed for its historical significance. It was one of the first mansions that were built along the hillside of Hong Kong Island, which symbolize the rising status and growing wealth of the Chinese community in Hong Kong. It also contributed in establishing the Mid-Levels as an upper-class residential enclave.

It was declared a monument by the Antiquities and Monuments Office on 11 July 2008. Under an agreement with the owner, the building was restored to its former glory. Restoration was completed in December 2010.

The building has become a tourist landmark and a popular spot for taking photographs. It has also been featured in several international films such as "Soldier of Fortune" (1955) and "Enter the Dragon" (1973) as well as in several locally produced television series.

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