broke out in July 2006 that Dragon Garden, situated at Tsing Lung
Tau, Sham Tseng, would be sold to a developer; it was feared that
the sixty-year-old mansion could not be preserved. The Conservancy
Association applied to the Town Planning Board, clearly stating that
the building could not be demolished. It was hoped that this piece
of built heritage could be saved.
Dragon Garden was established by the late philanthropist Lee Iu
Cheung in the 1940s. It was designed by Lee and incorporated the
characteristics of Sung, Ming, Qing Dynasty and the principles of
Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. There were over a hundred plant
species in the garden, including over 30 probably the largest
Buddhist Pines in Hong Kong.
Dragon Garden was not sold to developers at the end of the day. A
Grade II status was conferred to Dragon Garden on 25 September 2006.
As the Administration was still discussing with the owner about the
exact boundary of the site, the Town Planning Board deferred the
discussion of our application.