Island House - Headquarters on the Island

In ancient times, this place was a round island located near a harbour.
As this island has an advantage in national defense, surveying and retreat, the Government decided to use this island as the headquarters for administration of New Territories.

Construction of the headquarters started in 1904 and completed in 1906.
This two-storey headquarters features red brick facades and open verandas.
It is a typical example of the colonial architecture.

This headquarters comprises a dining room, a living room, some bedrooms and bathrooms, an office, a hall, a pantry, a water tank and a lighthouse.
It also has a stable and a coach house.

Before the Second World War, there were four officers resided in the headquarters.
In 1947, the headquarters became the sole official residence of District Commissioners.
This headquarters was declared as a monument in 1983.
Nowadays, it is used by the World Wide Fund for Nature as a Conservation Studies Centre.

The Conservation Studies Centre is open to public from 10:00am to 12:00pm, from Mondays to Fridays.
On Sundays, it is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

To get there, take MTR to Tai Po Market MTR Station and leave at Exit B.
Then, walk along Nam Wan Road to Tai Po Road Yuen Chau Tsai.
Afterwards, walk along Tai Po Road Yuen Chau Tsai to Island House Lane.

Location: Island House
Address: Island House Lane, Yuen Chau Tsai, Tai Po, New Territories

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