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CAUSEWAY BAY

Causeway Bay is located on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island and is covering parts of Wan Chai and Eastern districts.

Lai Tak Tsuen is a public housing development close to former Tiger Balm Garden in Tai Hang.
Lai Tak Tsuen
Lai Tak Tsuen

The Aw Boon Haw Gardens are formerly known as Tiger Balm Gardens. They were renamed in honour of one of its creators. The garden covered an area of 3.2 hectares and were built in year 1935 by two Chinese brothers who made a fortune from Tiger Balm oil. Tiger balm remedy is formulated to provide extra strength and long lasting relief to aching and overstressed muscles.

Tiger Balm Gardens
The Aw Boon Haw Gardens were reminiscent of both Disneyland and Madame Tussaud's Chamber of Horrors.
Tiger Balm Gardens

Cheung Kong Holdings bought Tiger Balm Garden from Sally Aw Sian for 100M HKD in 1998. Ms Aw's former residence is to be preserved as a monument. It has been proposed that the tableaux and figurines in Tiger Balm Gardens be relocated rather than demolished.

Costing 16M HKD, the gardens included pagodas, pavilions, statues and grottoes. They were brightly coloured and relating ancient legends. In year 2002, the blue grottoes were still here.
Tiger Balm Gardens
Tiger Balm Gardens

Mr. Li Ka-shing, Chairman of Cheung Kong, has bought Hong Kong's Tiger Balm gardens. Its demolition started in 2002 for high rise development.

Tiger Balm Gardens
There was a seven-storey white pagoda called the "Tiger Pagoda". It was visible from the road and was the trademark of the gardens. In year 2002, the tiger pagoda was gone. The emplacement and a white sign displaying "Tiger Pogoda" could still be seen.
Tiger Balm Gardens

Tiger Balm was a private garden opened up for public use.

There was an idea to turning the Haw Par Mansion, the historical mansion on the Tiger Balm Garden complex, over to the wine industry but the idea has been axed.
Tiger Balm Garden
Tiger Balm Garden

The mansion has remained vacant since being surrendered to the government in year 2001.

Tiger Balm Gardens
The three-story Haw Par Mansion was built on a 2000 sq. meter site and includes a 1300 sq. meter private garden. It was built in 1935 by Aw Boon Haw. The government retains ownership on the heritage of the building.

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Tiger Balm Garden

The Haw Par Mansion was retained when the Tiger Balm Gardens were demolished to make way for a luxury property development.

The mansion needed complex and costly maintenance work. The operator would be required to open parts of the building to the public. By year 2009, nothing is opened. The mansion has an Historic grading Grade II.
Tiger Balm Garden
Tiger Balm Garden

The historic Haw Par Mansion remains vacant despite escaping Cheung Kong's bulldozers in 2002. The Tiger Balm Gardens were one of the city's most popular parks. They were bulldozed while the mansion, which few members of the public had ever visited, was kept illustrated the need for a new heritage conservation policy in Hong Kong.

Tiger Balm Garden
The adjacent luxury development, The Legend, consists of 4 luxury towers, i.e. Tower 1, 2, 3 and 5. Occupancy Dates started in 1st quarter, 2007. The luxury development was built on the site of the Tiger Balm Gardens that once displayed world-famous plaster images of hell.
Tiger Balm Garden


The Tiger Balm Garden on Tai Hang road was not opened since ten years. Many people were coming. One hour queue was expected.

Entrance of the Haw Par mansion. The crowd, waiting to visit it, is getting bigger and bigger.
Tiger Balm Garden
Tiger Balm Garden

There are hundreds of people in the mansion so not easy to take good pic. Surprisingly it's still in good condition.

Haw Par Mansionn
There are beautiful painted glass windows from Italy and murals showing Indian and Burmese influence.
Haw Par Mansion

Tiger balm garden reminds souvenirs to HK people so attendance is big with crowd control put in place by police.

Beautiful view of Haw Par mansion from the garden. It is roughly symmetrical with porches and bay windows.
Haw Par Mansion
Haw Par Mansion

The building called "Legend" is exactly the site of the "hell" of Tiger Balm Garden. So some people say that one should never buy any flat in Legend, because it is "18-level hell".

Tiger Balm Garden
The government is checking to revitalise Haw Par Mansion and to keep public access to it. It was built in 1935.
Tiger Balm Garden
The garden has a French style with a central fountain. Most of the Tiger Balm garden is buried under the Legend.
Haw Par Mansion
Haw Par Mansion
Tiger Balm Garden
Following redevelopment the garden has shrunk a lot. The Haw Par mansion remains. It is opened today to the public in October 2010.
Tiger Balm Garden

More pictures to be added soon!




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