Hong Kong Sights to See
Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb
in 1955, the Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb is a stellar example of a Han
Dynasty burial chamber, nearly 2,000 years old.
Discovered while excavating for the present Lei Cheng Uk estate, the
tomb has undergone extensive study and renovation since its opening to
the public in 1957.
The tomb shows ample evidence of the influence of the Eastern Han
Dynasty, including an inscription of Panyu on the tomb
was a province of the period encompassing what is now Hong Kong. The
design and other calligraphy establishes its age and history.
Now enclosed and visible through a large glass panel, the tomb contains
four chambers in the shape of a cross. The design has no Christian
religious significance, since Christianity was unknown in China at the
time (Han Dynasty: 25AD-220AD).
Artifacts from the burial site, such as food storage, pottery and
cooking vessels show the Chinese emphasis on food goes back millennia.
Two of the recovered objects were bronze utensils and all are
authentic. Also discovered were bronze bells, washing basins and
mirrors, but oddly no human skeletal remains.
Next to the tomb is a large exhibit hall with photos, videos and other
displays showing the history of the tomb and the excavation and
A 3D digital animation video provides visitors with a detailed, 360
degree look inside the tomb. (There's also a life-sized replica of the
tomb at the Hong
Kong Museum of History.) Since you can no longer enter
the actual tomb, the video provides a next-best view of the
vault at the center and the four barrel-vaulted chambers.
Visitors will get a thorough explanation, through audio and text, of
the efforts undertaken to preserve and understand the tomb. You can
read all about how the inscriptions were deciphered and the means by
which the artifacts were dated.
Next to the museum, you can stroll through the Han Garden.
1993, the Chinese garden follows the style of the Han Dynasty and adds
to the re-creation of the atmosphere of the period. The garden includes
pavilions, fishponds, terraces and rock sculptures typical of the times.
The tomb and grounds were once at the shore, but owing to modern land
reclamations they are now over a mile inland. Don't expect an
Egyptian-style or ancient Scottish-style burial site, though. The tomb
is surrounded by modern streets and buildings and covered with a modern
Getting to the museum and tomb site is easy. Simply take the West Rail
to the Nam Cheong Station.
Board bus No. 36A toward Lei
Muk Shu and
exit at Trade Square.
Or, take the excellent MTR subway train to Cheung
Sha Wan Station (A3) and walk along Tonkin Street to 41
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