2012 | Collectible First Day Cover for the First 110 Patrons to Commemorate the 110th Anniversary of Old Tai O Police Station and Tai O Heritage Hotel in Full Operations
21 March 2012

Graded as a Grade II historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board, the Old Tai O Police Station is revitalised and converted into Tai O Heritage Hotel through the Hong Kong SAR Government Development Bureau’s Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme, and it has commenced full operations since 21st March 2012.


To commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Old Tai O Police Station, Tai O Heritage Hotel collaborates with Hongkong Post to launch a representative First Day Cover, and invited Tai O native artist, Stanley Wong, to draw a painting to illustrate the hotel exterior, printed on the First Day Cover together with a photo capturing the tranquil environment of the charming fishing village. The First Day Cover signifies a collectible souvenir of Tai O Heritage Hotel for its first 110 room patrons, which speaks of its unique facet of a true depiction of the colonial architecture, in celebration of the timeless local cultural heritage. The First Day Cover is now available for sale at Tai O Heritage Hotel, its restaurant, Tai O Lookout, and will be sold worldwide subsequently on the Hotel website commencing 5th April 2012. A set with four Year of the Dragon stamps is priced at HK$88, the Cover with one Year of the Dragon stamp is priced at HK$58, while the Cover with one definitive stamp is sold at HK$48. Other ten art pieces by Wong are now exhibited at Tai O Lookout, the glass-roofed restaurant situated on the first floor, which does not only offer memorable dining experiences to its guests, but also serves as a platform to showcase Hong Kong and Tai O artists’ ingenious creations.


Tai O Heritage Hotel is now home to nine elegantly decorated rooms. Since its operation on 21st March, the occupancy rate has reached 93 percent, receiving both local and overseas visitors who are interested in Tai O’s unique cultural tradition, heritage conservation, and the beauty of the natural environment.


Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation joined hands with Community Project Workshop and Architectural Conservation Programme of Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, in publishing the “Old Tai O Police Station: The Evolution of a Centenary Monument”, priced at HK$198. The book covers the studies on how and why Old Tai O Police Station was built over 100 years ago, the site’s architecture, as well as the stories shared by the former marine police officers who stationed in Tai O Police Station. All proceeds of the souvenirs deducting cost of production will go to support heritage conservation of Tai O community.


Prior to its full operation, Tai O Heritage Hotel opened its door first to welcome the community for a 20-day Open House visit which in turn attracted 12,800 enthusiastic visitors both from Hong Kong and overseas. Tai O Heritage Hotel will continue to engage the public in the appreciation towards heritage conservation and to sustain the development of Tai O tourism through its commitment to offering daily free guided hotel tours as well as other choices of cultural and eco-tours.