The cry towards preserving remnants of Hong Kong’s heritage has grown in strength during recent times, with the public in uproar over the intended re-development of sites including Ho Tung Gardens on the Peak and the West Wing of the old government headquarters in Central.
It is, therefore, refreshing to see some of these efforts bear fruit. As part of the government’s ‘Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme’, Tai O Heritage Hotel has managed to balance elements of the past with modern day usefulness.
The Grade II structure that was formerly the Tai O Police Station, has been rejuvenated into a splendid hotel that seeks to benefit the surrounding area by providing a place for visitors to stay, allowing them to prolong their trips and absorb the local culture.
The structure has also been updated in a way that allows it to be reversed to its original state. Any profits made are dedicated to maintaining the property, contributing funding for local festivals and ensuring the upkeep of local homes.
A promising example of conservation in Hong Kong!
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