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Haw Par Mansion - An Exquisite Chinese Renaissance Building in Hong Kong

Haw Par Mansion - Causeway Bay, Hong KongHaw Par Mansion is a 4-storey house located in the Wan Chai District of Hong Kong. Together with its adjoining Tiger Balm Garden, the mansion was built by Aw Boon Haw, founder of the popular herbal rub, Tiger Balm, in 1935. The Tiger Balm Garden was open to the public and used to promote the product.

In 2004, the Tiger Balm Garden was demolished and the residential development "The Legend" now stands on the site. The Mansion, together with its private garden in front, has been preserved and passed to Government since 2001. The building was declared a Grade II historic building in 2000 and was granted Grade I status in 2009.

The Haw Par Mansion was built in Chinese Renaissance style featuring a mix of Chinese architectural concepts and Western elements such as the symmetrical design,and details like porches, bay windows and fireplaces.

The interiors boast of painted glass windows from Italy, ornate carvings, mouldings gilded with gold, and murals of Indian and Burmese theme.

The social value and local interest of the Mansion lie in its representation of a residence of a rich and powerful merchant family in the 1930s and a focal point of Chinese culture in Hong Kong.

Haw Par Mansion is located at No.15A Tai Hang Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

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