23 Feb 2018

Noble House: The Tai Pan's residence - The Peak, Hong Kong

In Noble House, the Tai Pan, played by Pierce Brosnan, is living in a grand house up on the Peak, the most expensive land in Hong Kong. Several scenes take place in and around the house, including the big party and a few of the final scenes when Quillan Gornt comes to see the Tai Pan in the early morning before the stock exchange opens. The house is called Victoria House and is located on one of the most prestigious addresses in Hong Kong. 

Victoria House in April 2017

Brosnan as the Tai Pan and John Rhys Davies as Quillan Gornt

Tai Pan receives a visit from Lando Mata in his Aston Martin Lagonda
The house is located at 15 Barker Road on The Peak. During the British rule of Hong Kong, this house was the official residence of the British Chief Secretary. The position was called "Colonial Secretary" up until 1976 when it was renamed Chief Secretary. As Noble House was filmed in 1988 one can imagine that it was quite easy for the film team to borrow the house for the filming.

The Tai Pan's residence in Noble House - 1988 
Since the handover in 1997 the house has been the official residence of The Chief Secretary for Administration, commonly known as the Chief Secretary of Hong Kong. The position currently held by The Honourable Matthew Cheung since since 16 January 2017. The house is, naturally, not open to the public.

A very nice way of getting to the house is by walking up the 'Central Green Trail', which is a nice walking path from Central in Hong Kong, all the way up to the Peak. The trail ends right below Victoria House and on your way up you will get spectacular views of the Hong Kong skyline as seen below.

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