Haw Par Villa


The Tiger Balm magnate built three museums, in Singapore, Hong Kong and here, his birthplace. The photos and newspaper clippings of the founder's family displayed are for fans only and will not soothe aching muscles.

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1. Zhongchuan Village

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This is the ancestral home of the Burmese-Chinese businessman Aw Boon Haw, inventor of the medicinal salve Tiger Balm and owner of (in)famously quirky Haw…

2. Jíqìng Lóu

1.28 MILES

This 600-year-old tǔlóu was built without using a single nail and is still pretty intact. It now houses an exhibition hall.

3. Soviet Department Store Building

10.03 MILES

This weather-beaten, three-storey building just opposite Chayang Guesthouse (茶陽賓館, Cháyáng Bīnguăn) was a department store built in the 1950s with Soviet…

4. Yǎnxiāng Lóu

10.08 MILES

This lesser-visited and commercialised four-storey tǔlóu rises up beautifully next to a river.

6. Huánjí Lóu

10.37 MILES

Sitting midway between Yongding and Nanjing County, this four-storey building is a huge roundhouse with inner concentric passages, tiled interior passages…

7. Xuan Villa

10.38 MILES

Foreboding and beautiful Xuan Villa was built in 1936 by a wealthy Malaysian-Chinese member of a secret society tied to Sun Yatsen. Parts of the building…

8. Fúyù Lóu

11.39 MILES

Along the river, this five-storey square tǔlóu boasts some wonderfully carved wooden beams and pillars. Rooms are available here at the Changdi Inn.