The HKU Museum Society is delighted to organise an overnight trip to Tai O with Mr Wong How Man. We will stay overnight at Tai O Heritage Hotel.
Tai O, was known as a Tanka village, has a history of salt production and fishing lifestyle. It is a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly knit community that literally lives on the water.
Tai O Heritage Hotel
Tai O Heritage Hotel, former The Old Tai O Police Station, was graded as a Grade II historic building. It was conserved into a nine-room boutique hotel under Batch I of the Development Bureau’s Revitalising Historic Buildings during 2009 and managed by Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation. In 2013, it was conferred the prestigious UNESCO Award of Merit for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
Wong How Man, Founder and President of the China Exploration & Research Society (CERS), was born and raised in Hong Kong, and educated in the United States in Journalism and Art. Wong’s career in China began in 1974, first as a journalist during the tail end of the Cultural Revolution, later as an explorer/writer/photographer for the National Geographic, and since 1986 as head of the non-profit organization CERS.
He has led many multi-disciplinary expeditions first for the National Geographic and later for CERS. He has been credited with, among other accomplishments, the discovery of a new source for the Yangtze River. In 2002 Time Magazine chose Wong as one of its 25 Asian Heroes, calling Wong “China’s most accomplished living explorer.” He has also received many awards for his books and the conservation projects he conceived and directed. Supported by governments, foundations, individuals and corporations, his work has been disseminated widely by major international media, including Discovery Channel, BBC, CNN, National Geographic, ABC, CNBC, CCTV, etc.