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“Hidden Cultural Heritage Site”

Jao Tsung-I Academy
Ranked #330 of 867 things to do in Hong Kong
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Historical site named in honor of Professor Jao Tsung-I, a Chinese scholar, poet, calligrapher and painter. This site with over 100-year history has changed from a seaside customs station, a Chinese labors' living quarter, subsequently a quarantine station, a prison and hospital until now a academy, which has witnessed the history of Hong Kong. The academy is located on a hillside and surrounded by highway, dividing into 3 zone: LOW (including gallery and hall), MIDDLE (including souvenir shop, and restaurant) and HIGH Zone (heritage lodge). Free admission. After a tour, you may enjoy a cup of tea or buy some unique and artsy HK local souvenirs at Middle zone. I go with my friend who is the enthusiast photographer as it is a good place to take photo during blossom season. Quite relaxing tour and less crowd.

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Reviewed 9 July 2015

It is indeed a very peaceful place, you can enjoy a nice afternoon here overlooking Mei Fu at the top of the academy.

As you can tell from the name of the academy, it is a place dedicated to the contribution of Professor Jao. I do not knot Professor Jao before the visit and instantly appreciate his talent and way of thinking after the visit. There is a small exhibition displaying the artwork of Jao as well as playing a documentary of him.

Before turning into a Academy, the place was originally a hospital. You can learn more about this through some easy reading display boards.

If you like cultural / art things, this place is definitely for you. There are exhibitions on art / drama shows throughout the year, you can find the information easily on the official website.

But since I am not that an artistic person, the one thing that gets me most is the environment. It is like the closest place you can escape from the bustling world. An afternoon here enjoying the tea, seeing the sun goes down will be one of the best way to spend your weekend. If you have budget, you can also stays in the hotel there, I have a peak at the interior, it is very classical chinese style.

Tips: you can take free shuttle bus near the MTR to avoid all the climbing
they have tour, just check their website for the tour detail
http://www.jtia.hk/

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Reviewed 7 May 2015

If you happen upon Mei Foo one day, take a short hike up the hill to the gallery.

It has some great writing on display by the great man as well as some architectural interests.

Wander up the hill to the lodge and have some great views of what used to be the port at Lai Chi Kok.

After that, settle in for some afternoon tea at the Gingko restaurant.

Thank HKeater
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