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“An Oasis in Hong Kong”

Jao Tsung-I Academy
Ranked #331 of 866 things to do in Hong Kong
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Truly surprised that we ended up spending a whole afternoon and evening at this place. There is so much history in this place and really glad to learn about Mr Jao Tsung-i, who has contributed so much to the preservation of the Chinese culture and lends his support to the creation of the conservation project in Hong Kong. The exhibits are done really well, the narratives not too long. The photos exhibition through the 100 plus years HK history is done well too. We were late to arrive at the Chinese music instruments and Chinese tea appreciation soiree and only caught the ending but interested enough by what we heard of the last 3 minutes of their performance that will be going back. To cap off a very nice afternoon, we ate at the Gingko House restaurant and was so amazed at the setting, again like the whole place, able to surprise with its warmth and friendly service, incidentally they have a policy of hiring only senior citizens and they have music to entertain the diners. Last thing to expect in a restaurant in HK.

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Reviewed 12 June 2016

This is a new historical site... when we talked into the Tea Boutique (for a wonderful experience tasting a variety of teas) they literally asked how we heard about it because tourists from outside of HK don't usually come there. I don't know why that is... so much to learn and see and experience. And it is so peaceful...former hospital site, now a 'hidden gem' in HK.

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Reviewed 6 June 2016

I visited there in April when there were weekend markets and flower fest. The best time to visit over a year, especially for photo shooting and shuttle bus was available.
It is actually only 10 mins walk from MTR station but the trail is hard to find.

The academy is a place to feel Chinese cultural, though there are not so many items displayed. there are 2 tea houses to taste tea and relax.

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Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

A historical site, very well preserved and now converted to promote Chinese culture exchange. I enjoyed the natural serenity and beauty of the surrounding - trees, flowers, birds and the fishes&frog in the pond. The restaurant is run by pensioners and is very busy.

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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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