About the Jao Tsung-I Academy
Jao Tsung-I Academy is one of the first projects under the Hong Kong Government’s “Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme” of the Development Bureau of the HKSAR Government. It is located at a historic site which has served different purposes over the past 130 years with its purposes changed with the needs of Hong Kong – as a hospital, a customs station, dwelling for Chinese labourers, a quarantine station, a prison, an infectious diseases hospital, and a psychiatric rehabilitation centre. Its unique location and structures has meant the site has been able to respond to the changing needs of society.
The Government funded the initial restoration in partnership with the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture (HKIPCC), HKIPCC, a non-governmental organization (NGO), is directly solely responsible for the daily operation of the Academy on a self-financed basis. The Academy has become a cultural landmark, providing venues for exhibition, performances, seminars, workshops and heritage accommodations. It is named in honour of Professor Jao Tsung-I, a renowned scholar of Chinese culture.