A tong lau on Castle Peak Road in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Winson Wong

How Hong Kong’s historic tong lau and composite buildings shaped the city’s built environment

  • The two vernacular building styles are now in danger of falling victim to redevelopment but each has influenced the urban fabric
  • Tong lau and composite buildings are intricately tied to Hong Kong’s political history, with their rise driven by a need to accommodate migrants
Topic |   Hong Kong culture

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A tong lau on Castle Peak Road in Sham Shui Po. Photo: Winson Wong
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