Opened in 2015 this is a relative newcomer to the tourist scene: a green centre housed around the old Tai Po Police Station (1899). The building, a fine example of colonial architecture with a classic mix of Chinese-style roof, Dutch gable and breeze-enticing verandah, is where the Union Jack was allegedly raised to mark the official takeover of the New Territories in 1899. Reaffirming the centre’s strapline of ‘Reconnecting with soil, soul and society’ various green workshops and residential courses are aimed at sustainable, ecological, low-carbon living. The centre includes a co-operative shop and a tasty vegetarian café, menu ingredients grown on the grounds or sourced locally. It’s a very pleasant site to stroll and the surrounding camphor and banyan trees are substantial to say the least; there’s also a fascinating museum dedicated to the old police station. This is certainly an attraction designed to inspire ones greening – so visit and go green, it’s free!