Located on high and dry land in center of Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province, Hoang A Tuong is an highlight attraction to tourists. This building is the combination of Asian – European architectural style. Nearly 100 years of existence with time, the most covered house still stands majestically amid in town. Bright sunlights slants through doorway, the hallway, the room loophole but the rooms here are still gloomy.
Going deep into the mansion is the main house. There are two sub-houses on the left and the right. These houses surround a courtyard. To enter the mansion, visitors have to pass several stairs from the two sides to the waiting room, and then step into the large yard.
The main house has two stories, with a total area of 420 m². The doors are vaulted. Corridors have rail. The four rooms on the two sides are the space for family activities. The center room on both floors are used as a meeting place. The main side is decorated with elaborate patterns. On the right and left are two parallel sentences wishing glory family. The total area of this mansion is up to 4,000 m². The house was completed in 1921.
Hoang A Tuong had deliberately prepared materials for building the castle. Cement and steel were flown from the plains, while the bricks and tiles were manufactured on the spot with clay in the heart of the mountain range under the supervision of Chinese experts. The whole edifice was built of baked bricks and employed a binding agent with lime and beeswax. Workers were the best builders from prisons. Surrounding Hoang A Tuong Castle was the thick fence consisting of 3 gates (1 main gate and 2 auxiliary ones). Four side walls were crenellated fences and guarded by 2 platoons. In particular, behind the castle offered a solid and extremely secretive escaping tunnel.
Hoang A Tuong mansion today is painted in the bright yellow, which makes the mansion lose its deep moss color. But despite being "colored," the mansion still makes visitors feel strange.
Going through the long hallway, imaginative visitors will see a lot of scenes in the old time, when maids were given the cane on the yard, the “kings”’ wives walking in the room, the noise and the smoke of opium in a small room ...
The most powerful house has many stories and visitors will hear stories of many different versions. With 100 years of history, Hoang A Tuong mansion is the clearest picture for an ancient powerful time.