The Green Hub was mentioned in a previous post which highlighted the Tai Po Contour Sitting-out Area. During this short hike we visited the Green Hub as it was on the direct route on the way back down to Tai Po. However, we found that it was so interesting it was worth a post of its own.
The Green Hub can be reached from the entrance to the Contour Sitting-out Area (please click on the link above), or from Wan Tau Kok Lane (off Kwong Fuk Road).
The Commission for Heritage of the Hong Kong Government is promoting the Heritage Fiesta 2021 in which eleven listed buildings have been presented in a brochure which is available at any of the sites.
At each of the buildings in the brochure they provide chops so you can record your visit which offers a nice memento.
It is important to note that prior to visiting the Green Hub you need to make a booking. This is especially important if you are going in a group. I wasn’t aware of this but fortunately, on the day of my visit, they were not busy and kindly allowed me to enter. You can contact the Green Hub by either their phone number: 2996 2800 or their email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found on their website.
After going through the usual health requirements for COVID 19 (Leave Home Safe App, and face masks must be worn at all times), we were given a brief explanation of the centre which is sponsored by the the Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden.
The Green Hub is based in the former Tai Po Police Station and the reception area is what was once the station officer’s living quarters. This was divided into three rooms, the first was the living room which had a fireplace. You can just imagine the officer spending his evenings, sipping whiskey with his feet up in front of a roaring fire (in the cooler months).
The second and third rooms that made up the officers quarters now contain the Co-Op Shop, which sells organic products and some items of clothing.
After browsing the shop you can exit through the rear door (to the right of this picture) and walk along the verander to the Report Room.
Out of morbid curiosity we had a look at the cells. As you may imagine they were not very comfortable and would probably have Amnesty International screaming in rage, if they had been around at the time.
Information on the Arms Cage. The information was not dated, but from the list of weapons available the facilities had obviously been improved on since 1899.
After visiting the Report Room we continued our tour of the facilities and the next stop was the Eat Well Canteen which is located in the former station canteen. Unfortunately, it was too early in the day to sample their offerings, but one look at the menu tells you that the food is all organic, healthy and attractively priced.
Outside the restaurant is another building that housed the off-duty constables. There is a beautiful, old banyan tree which must have been planted shortly after the station was opened in 1899.
It was time to leave, but the Green Hub had one more surprise in store for us in the form of a unique tree stub that resembled a perfectly formed ear.
And finally, as we left the Green Hub to walk down Wan Tau Kok Lane there was this beautiful tree to bid us farewell.
The Green Hub in Tai Po is well worth a visit from a historical point of view and the nature that surrounds it offers relaxation in these, sometimes, stressful days.
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