Anyhow, back to the village of San Tin where we saw the Tai Fu Tai Mansion, built by the Man family (one of the five great families) in about 1865. The Mans originally came from Jiangxi and settled in San Tin in the 15th century.
A fire is one of the most feared threats and the Chinese have an ingenious way of warding it off. All roofs have a water element on them! The Man's cut right to the chase and put an entire boat on the top of their house.
From the mansion we went to the Man Lun Fung Ancestral Hall. This acts as a town hall, courthouse, place where significant ceremonies such as weddings occur, and, of course, a place to honour one's ancestors. Thank goodness we have ancestors - without them we'd be nothing. Below are the two guardians of the doors. These were historical generals who stood outside the Emperor's door to stop him from having nightmares that the demons were going to get him. When the generals got tired, someone had the bright idea that, since demons were pretty dim really, a painting would protect as well as a living body.