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Old February 21st, 2011, 03:55 PM   #21
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Old February 26th, 2011, 10:08 PM   #22
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:16 AM   #23
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Aside from appealing to the local "collective memory" fad, and a very small group of Westerners who are interested in something more rustic, i don't see this becoming successful as a tourist destination. Mainland tourists, at least for the foreseeable future, is only here to shop and maybe a lil worship.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 05:05 AM   #24
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Aside from appealing to the local "collective memory" fad, and a very small group of Westerners who are interested in something more rustic, i don't see this becoming successful as a tourist destination. Mainland tourists, at least for the foreseeable future, is only here to shop and maybe a lil worship.
Agree. I think Tai O has a potential to serve as a local resort to escape from the dense and urban Hong Kong. It's far and remote enough for a weekend retreat, but still close to home. Indeed the houses on water may by a special thing, but in fact most of them are just squatter houses which aren't that appealing. It needs a major upgrade to improve the way and quality of life in the village.

And sadly, it may be good thing to keep the mainlander away so they don't culturally destroy Tai O.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 12:14 PM   #25
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Perhaps I should start posting some pics I took last year :P

I like Tai O quite a lot. It's relaxing to be strolling inside some of HK's most preserved areas, not to mention the picturesque reflection of the village skewed by occasional ripples...
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Old October 11th, 2011, 02:29 PM   #26
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Draft Tai O Fringe Development Permission Area Plan approved
Friday, September 23, 2011
Government Press Release

The Chief Executive in Council has approved the draft Tai O Fringe Development Permission Area (DPA) Plan.

"The approved DPA Plan provides a statutory land use planning framework to guide the development and redevelopment in the Tai O Fringe area," a spokesman for the Town Planning Board said today (September 23).

The Planning Scheme Area, covering about 186.6 hectares in size, is bounded by the Lantau North Country Park in the east and south, and natural coastline in the north and west. The Area includes a major part of Tai O Island, but the Tai O village proper, Shek Tsai Po and Yim Tin residential area in the middle of the island are outside the Area.

About 36.6 hectares covering patches of woodland in Po Chue Tam, abandoned salt pans, marshes and fishponds east of Sun Ki Street, mangrove stands and wetlands east of Lung Tin Estate, Tai O reedbed at Leung Uk Tsuen, etc is zoned "Conservation Area". The zone is intended to protect and retain the existing natural landscape, ecological or topographical features of the area for conservation, educational and research purposes and to separate sensitive natural environment from the adverse effects of development.

About 6.7 hectares covering the coastline to the north of Tai O Island and another coastal strip to the east of Po Chue Tam is zoned "Coastal Protection Area". The planning intention is to conserve, protect and retain the natural coastlines and the sensitive coastal natural environment, including attractive geological features and physical landforms or areas of high landscape, scenic or ecological value, with a minimum of built development.

About 124.5 hectares covering fallow agricultural land, hillslopes, natural vegetation and small streams is zoned "Green Belt" for defining the limits of development areas by natural features and to preserve the existing topography and natural vegetation as well as to provide passive recreational outlets.

About 6.6 hectares covering existing village settlements at Leung Uk Tsuen, San Tsuen, Nam Chung, Fan Kwai Tong and Wang Hang is zoned "Village Type Development". The planning intention is to reflect existing recognised and other villages, and to provide land considered suitable for village expansion and reprovisioning of village houses affected by government projects. Land within this zone is primarily intended for development of Small Houses by indigenous villagers.

About 3.8 hectares covering temples and other government and utility uses is zoned "Government, Institution or Community". The zone is primarily for the provision of government, institution or community facilities serving the needs of the local residents and/or a wider district, region or the territory.

About 0.8 hectares covering sitting-out areas, children's playgrounds and a public promenade along the seawall at the western waterfront is zoned "Open Space" for the provision of outdoor open-air space for active and/or passive recreational uses serving the needs of local residents as well as the general public.

About 3.3 hectares for military uses, cemetery and sewage treatment works is zoned "Other Specified Uses".

About 1.2 hectares covering an area intended for a Salt Panning Demonstration Area, which is still subject to further study, is zoned "Undetermined".

The approved Tai O Fringe DPA Plan No. DPA/I-TOF/2 is now available for public inspection during office hours at the Secretariat of the Town Planning Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department in North Point and Sha Tin, the Sai Kung and Islands District Planning Office, the Islands District Office and the Tai O Rural Committee.

Copies of the approved plan are available for sale at the Map Publications Centres in North Point and Yau Ma Tei. The electronic version of the plan can be viewed at the Town Planning Board's website (www.info.gov.hk/tpb).
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Old February 12th, 2012, 05:57 PM   #27
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Checked in for a Tai O experience
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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

One of the most controversial issues in heritage conservation involves how to use old government-owned sites. We cannot turn every preserved building into a museum or an arts or educational center, but people can be suspicious if private-sector business is involved. The fear is that business people put profit before preservation.

So some were concerned when members of the Ng family - the Sino Land people - took an interest in the old Tai O police station on Lantau with the intention of turning it into a boutique hotel.

Yet there were strict conditions: whoever took over the site had to revitalize it as a nonprofit entity, with proceeds devoted to maintaining the building.

What had been a marine police station was opened 110 years ago and overlooks the sea near the old fishing village, famous for its stilt houses. When it was closed in 2002 it was identified as a Grade II historic building.

As with several other police stations from colonial times, the building features columns and verandas.

After several years' work, the Tai O Heritage Hotel is soon to open with nine colonial-style rooms and a rooftop restaurant featuring Tai O fare, plus a heritage room for visitors.

The backers are hopeful that the business - a social enterprise - will succeed and support the heritage site for the long term. If so, it will be a noteworthy example of how our heritage can be kept alive and indeed create jobs. Bernard Charnwut Chan, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, sees culture from all perspectives.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 08:49 AM   #28
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Tai O past gets unstilted narrative
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The old Tai O police station on Lantau opened as a heritage-themed hotel this year.

Now the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Association has published a bilingual book, in collaboration with architectural experts from the University of Hong Kong, entitled Old Tai O Police Station - the Evolution of a Centenary Monument.

Space does not allow me to describe its contents in detail, but it covers a lot, from the history of Tai O - the famous fishing village on stilts - to that of police stations in Hong Kong, to the design and function of the Tai O facility, to some wonderful oral histories from former police officers who worked there. It also includes a lot of photos and diagrams.

This covers a lot of ground, from Tai O's salt manufacturing industry, to a pirate attack on the village in 1926, to the class and ethnic divisions within the police station (which you can also see from the older group photographs of the officers and men).

It is a fascinating story - not simply about one building, but the whole community around it.

Not least, the book describes the philosophy behind the complex's preservation, the renovations and the ways in which the Tai O community has been involved, and how the hotel benefits society as a non-profit social enterprise.

It also has a very high quality design. If you are interested in Hong Kong history, check with bookstores or libraries to find it. Bernard Charnwut Chan, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board, sees culture from all perspectives.
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