One of the key objectives of Tangkou Community Project is to revitalize, redevelop and add life, commerce and community into the old town of Tangkou.
TK-SPACE plays an important role in being flexible and innovative to facilitate projects and collaborations that benefit this local, rural community and its revitalization.
Creating a space for wide-ranging themes including conservation, farming, nature study, helping overseas Chinese find their roots, culture and heritage appreciation, alongside allowing visitors to experience local village life and interact and engage with local villagers are thus key to the Project’s success.
Sustainable Business Practices
The innovative TK-SPACE Project is based in three revitalized buildings at the centre of old Tangkou town. A former post office, a disused watch factory and a former communal metal lampshade factory have been renovated to a high standard and form the Tangkou Community Centre, which seeks to serve the community in a sustainable way. The Centre, which is the lively heart of the TK-SPACE is equipped with comfortable bedrooms, a hostel, a library and study facilities, a cycling centre, an open kitchen, restaurants and lounge.
With the renovations of the two factories which created the comfortable and spacious new TK Village Inn completed in 2017, the former post office now serves as an administration centre and residence for those on internships and work placements.
Following the development and creation of the TK-SPACE, there are various ongoing projects that have been evolving or are currently being planned and established. These include the Community Library Program, Community Senior and Disabled Centre Program, Community Children Development Program, Volunteer, Farming Sustainability and Conservation Platform, Community Environmental Enhancement Program and Conservation of Traditional Buildings.
Research and Learning
A key ingredient to community revitalization is education and learning. There are various academic research projects that have been evolving or are currently being identified and established. These include research on architecture and planning, local villages, transportation analysis, research on and documentation of old Tangkou buildings, analyzing location and potential of old unused Sites. Other subject areas and research interests can include overseas Chinese and their impact on communal economic development, social effects of migrations, understanding social needs through conversations with local villagers, population structure and occupations, research on the central Government’s rural development policies and local Governments’ supportive policies, Agriculture, Archaeology and Tourism (Media development and publicity).
Cultural awareness comes in many forms and provides another solid foundation in our aims to revitalize the local community. Our team is continually identifying and carrying out events with both public and local participation such as regular arts and crafts fairs, musical and theatrical performances and weekend markets. We were also involved in the design and planning of the new public Granary Park that was opened adjacent to the TK-SPACE.