OUR STORY
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OUR STORY

Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation (HKHCF) is a non-profit-making organisation established by the Ng Family in March 2008. 

 

HKHCF holds the belief that conservation of cultural heritage helps the community to build a sense of identity and strengthen bonds between people and places. The primary objectives of HKHCF are to revitalise and conserve historic buildings, and to promote the appreciation and importance of cultural heritage to the community.

 

HKHCF is responsible for the conservation and revitalisation of the old Tai O Police Station, a Grade II historic building, and for the transformation of the site into Tai O Heritage Hotel. Operating as a non-profit-making social enterprise, the Hotel has been recognised by UNESCO with an Award of Merit at the 2013 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

OUR BOARD

Our team in HKHCF are enthusiastic supporters of community initiatives, and possess considerable experience in heritage buildings revitalisation projects. They have been actively involved in many heritage projects, including Tai O Heritage Hotel, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, The Fullerton Waterboat House, Clifford Pier and The Fullerton Hotel Sydney.

Mr Daryl Ng, SBS, JP
Director

Mr Daryl Ng, SBS, JP, is a Director of the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, a Director of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, Chairman of the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation as well as Deputy Chairman of Sino Group.

Mr Ng is a steadfast advocate of good causes for the betterment and sustainable development of the community. He is enthusiastic about supporting the youth, initiating an array of undertakings such as Go Code, Sino Junior Reporter Programme, Hospitality Young Leaders Programme to empower the young generations with essential skills.

 

Mr Ng leads efforts to conserve and celebrate culture and history, including Tai O Heritage Hotel in Hong Kong, the restoration of the Great Wall and Yanxi Gong (Palace of Prolonging Happiness) in Beijing, The Fullerton Heritage in Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Sydney in Australia.

 

In 2008, the Ng Family set up the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation (HCF) to revitalise buildings and promote the appreciation of heritage conservation. Tai O Heritage Hotel, converted from the Old Tai O Police Station, a Grade II historic building completed in 1902, through Batch I of the Revitalising Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme of the Development Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), was opened in March 2012.

 

Conservation has been conducted in accordance with the Burra Charter, the authoritative guidelines, which stipulate that the new use should be compatible with the old use. Historical elements and details, such as the two-storey main block, outhouse extension, cannons, guard towers, temporary holding cells distinctive to the old Tai O Police Station have been carefully restored. It has been operated as a not-for-profit social enterprise with surplus used for maintaining the property.

 

Tai O Heritage Hotel is a committed member of the Tai O community, building close connections with the neighbourhood, and contributing to the sustainable development of the local economy through the provision of employment opportunities, engagement of local service providers, use of local culinary specialities and complimentary daily docent tours. In addition to providing complimentary daily docent tours, the hotel has participated in over 100 community programmes covering traditional festivities, cultural activities, shore clean-up and community services. Over half of its hotel’s staff members are Tai O or Lantau residents.

 

Since opening, the hotel has welcomed more than 1.7 million visitors from Hong Kong and around the world, and has received over 30 international and local accolades in recognition of its devotion to heritage conservation and engagement of the community. Notable example includes the Award of Merit at the UNESCO’s 2013 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, making it Hong Kong’s first UNESCO-awarded hotel.

 

In 2018, the ‘Tai O Stilt House Restoration Programme’ was initiated to subsidise the elderly in repairing and restoring stilt houses in order to preserve the unique cultural and architectural treasures. More than ten stilt houses have been restored since launch.

 

Mr Ng launched the Hospitality Young Leaders Programme in 2020, a meaningful initiative to nurture future leaders by providing comprehensive training in hospitality, eco-tourism and heritage conservation for aspiring Hong Kong graduates, enabling them to experience Hong Kong’s rich history and unique traditions first-hand.

He is also responsible for The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, housed in heritage landmarks completed in 1928 and 1874 respectively. The former Fullerton Building was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st National Monument in December 2015.

Conservation efforts for the Great Wall and Yanxi Gong (Palace of Prolonging Happiness) in the Forbidden Palace have been coordinated through the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation (NTFCF), set up in 2010 in memory of the late Mr Ng Teng Fong, founder of Sino Group. Over the years, it has pledged over RMB2 billion to support a wide spectrum of worthy causes. Since 2015, the NTFCF has supported over 3,000 students in Hong Kong and Mainland through the Ng Teng Fong Scholarships with amount exceeding HK$14 million.

The NTFCF has donated RMB100 million to the Palace Museum to support heritage research and conservation of the Yanxi Gong. Yanxi Gong is one of the Six Eastern Palaces in the inner zone of the Forbidden City, and a national treasure of architecture and culture. During the reign of Xuantong (1909-1911), construction of a western-style, three-storey building was initiated on the site of Yanxi Gong. Named Lingzhao Belvedere (also known as Crystal Palace or the Hall of Water), it is the only western style building in the Forbidden City. The construction illustrates cultural exchanges and traditional Chinese form of arts and architecture blends with Western style. Yanxi Gong was converted into the warehouse of antiques of Palace Museum in 1931. It will house the Gallery of Foreign Artefacts after restoration.

The NTFCF has donated RMB 10 million to the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation to support the repair of a 1,255-metre section of the Great Wall, including restoring numbers 67, 68 and 69 lookout towers and reinforcing side walls near these towers.

Mr Ng has initiated the ‘Ng Teng Fong / Sino Visits to the Great Wall for Hong Kong Youth’ project, which serves as a bridge connecting Hong Kong and Mainland to promote cultural exchanges and foster the sense of national identity by encouraging Hong Kong youth to participate in conservation work and understand Chinese culture and history.

Other major offices

  • Sino Group, Deputy Chairman
  • Yeo Hiap Seng Limited (SGX: Y03), Chairman
  • The Bank of East Asia, Limited, Non-Executive Director
  • Hong Kong Innovation Foundation, Chairman
  • Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth0020Community Foundation, Chairman
  • Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, Director
  • Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, Director

 

Public services

  • Global Leadership Council of Columbia University in the City of New York, Member
  • The 12th and 13th Beijing Municipal Committees of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Member
  • The 10th and 11th Committees of the All-China Youth Federation, Member
  • Hong Kong United Youth Association, President
  • Chongqing Youth Federation, Deputy Chairman
  • Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation,

      Member of the Board

  • Cyberport, Member of Advisory Panel
  • Our Hong Kong Foundation, Adviser
  • Hong Kong Chronicles Institute, Council Member
  • Estate Agents Authority of HKSAR, Member
  • Employers’ Federation of Hong Kong, Council Member
  • Mind Hong Kong, Member of the Board
  • The Community Chest of Hong Kong, Director
  • Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, Member of the Council
  • Hong Kong Management Association, Council Member
  • M Plus Museum Limited, Member of the Board
  • The University of Hong Kong, Member of the Council
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,

      Member of the Court

  • Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, Director
  • National Heritage Board of Singapore, Member
  • NUS Medicine International Council of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore, Member
  • Singapore Management University International Advisory Council, Member

 

Qualifications

  • Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development (Columbia University)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Columbia University)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (Savannah College of Art and Design)
  • Honorary Fellowship (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
  • Honorary Fellowship (Hong Kong Metropolitan University)
Ms Nikki Ng
Director

Ms Nikki Ng is a Director of The Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, Director of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation, Group General Manager of Sino Group and the Chairman of the Women Executives Club of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce.  

            

Ms Ng is a member of the Thirteenth Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

 

Ms Ng had previously served as an Executive Committee Member of The Boys & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Co-opted Member of Societal Engagement Task Force of The Commission of Poverty, a Member of the Hong Kong Art Museum Advisory Panel and Hong Kong Arts Development Council respectively.

 

Ms Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Arts degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University College of London.

Mr David Ng
Director

Mr David Ng is a Director of the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, a Director of the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation as well as Group Associate Director of Sino Group.

 

Mr Ng is a member of the 12th Fujian Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. His other major public service appointments include being a Director of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, a member of the Hong Kong Beijing Association, a member of the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese Youth, a member of Beijing United Youth Association as well as a member of Maritime Silk Road Society.

 

Mr Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York.

Mr Alexander Ng
Director

Mr Alexander Ng is a Director of the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, a Director of the Hong Kong Innovation Foundation as well as Group General Manager of Sino Group.

 

Mr Ng holds overall responsibility for Sino Hotels, the hospitality and management arm of Sino Group. The portfolio includes over 3,600 guest rooms across 10 hotels in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

 

Mr Ng holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York.

Mr Francis Lim
Director

Mr Francis Lim has considerable experience in the area of hospitality design, and in project management on conservation developments involving hotels.

 

Mr Francis Lim holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree (Hons) and is an affiliate member of The Australian Institute of Architects.