Old Tai O Police Station
Old Tai O Police Station, a Hong Kong Grade II Historic Building, was built in 1902 by the British government as one of its first colonial police stations, with it guarding the western border between China and Hong Kong. The station closed in 2002 and was left vacant and dilapidated since then. Under the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme by Development Bureau of Hong Kong Government, Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation Limited has been chosen to restore the site in 2009, and to operate it as Tai O Heritage Hotel since 2012.
The adaptive reuse project follows the Burra Charter, choosing a compatible new use while retaining its spirit of place. Tai O Heritage Hotel has nine rooms and one restaurant. It operates as a non-profit social enterprise, provides local employment and uses local ingredients, so as to support the sustainable growth of the village. We aim to not only restore the historic site and turn it into a nine-suite boutique hotel, but also use the site as a platform to celebrate its rich history, and help to rejuvenate the historic Tai O fishing village.
Tai O Heritage Hotel has been awarded an Award of Merit at UNESCO 2013 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation for its dedication to celebrate its heritage significance and engagement with the fishing village community through extensive cultural mapping exercises.
A Social Enterprise
Tai O Heritage Hotel operates as a non-profit social enterprise, with surpluses being used for conservation and maintenance of historic buildings, promote and protect the cultural heritage of Tai O and its natural environment, and promote the local economy and tourism.
We provide local employment opportunities; employ local service providers, and use Tai O ingredients at the restaurant in order to support the local economy.
To present the heritage significance of Old Tai O Police Station, Tai O Heritage Hotel conducts a free heritage guided tour daily. To join the tour, register at www.taioheritagehotel.com, or at the Hotel Reception.
Tai O Heritage Hotel is open for public visits at 11am – 6pm daily.
“Revitalising Tai O Police Station” Leaflet
Tai O Heritage Hotel Video