Ms Wong Wai King has for over twenty years been engaged in the protection and restoration of those aspects of Tai O where human activities are relatively more in harmony with Nature. She has been instrumental in attracting Government and the public’s attention to Tai O way of life and culture. She has opened a small museum that shows traditional agricultural implements and historical photographs of Tai O and has spearheaded the movement for the reconstruction of the Tai O Sea Promenade, a one kilometre long walkway that brings walkers into contact with the sea on one side and with mangrove ponds on the other side.
At the local level Ms Wong has opposed, sometimes even putting her own personal safety at risk, major development proposals supported by powerful construction development interests. Ms Wong has published a bilingual book titled “Tai O; Love Stories of the Fishing Village.”
Conceivably without Wong Wai King’s conservation zeal Tai O could today be a different and perhaps less traditional, less attractive place.
Ms Wong Wai King was born and has lived in Tai O since birth. Her initiative is to protect and restore the original landscape of Tai O for locals and nature lovers.
She runs her own small museum to show old historical photos and landscape of the then Tai O and specimens only found in the village. The museum was built seven years ago. Some new ideas are being put in place to enhance the functionality of it.
Ms Wong Wai King was inspired to take action by the urbanisation of Tai O village and the damage happening to the mangrove habitat and the environment in general in the region.
She has petitioned the government to support her initiative however has received little response or support. The destructive development projects in Tai O have damaged the landscape but her incessant efforts are now drawing attention from the public and the legislators.
Her passion is to keep Tai O as its “original face,” a beautiful landscape tour spot. Tai O is now attracting more of the younger generation to experience to its environmental conservation tours.