17 October 2015
Built in 1927 by Tsoi Po-tin (1872-1944), a prominent figure in Hong Kong and a leader of the Tsoi clan who settled in Wang Chau, Yuen Long, hundreds of years ago. Tsoi had wished to build a summer villa in Tung Tau Wai, his birthplace, so that his family then living on Hong Kong Island could enjoy the ripe litchi fruit provided by the area all summer long.
Yu Yuen was the private residence of the Tsoi family until 1990. The house featured in a locally produced movie Hong Kong 1941 (1984) starred by Chow Yun-fat, Alex Man and Cecilia Yip. It has been abandoned for some time and is falling into a state of disrepair.