Anti-Qing rebels' secret hideout in Yuen Long declared a monument
An anti-Qing operational base run by an organisation that later formed the Kuomintang is set to become a statutory monument.
The Development Bureau said yesterday it had decided to declare the fortified structure at 55 Ha Pak Nai, Yuen Long, as a monument under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.
The declaration of the building as a monument, which was completed following a consultation with the Antiquities Advisory Board and approval by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, will be gazetted tomorrow.
The building is the only remaining one in Hong Kong with solid evidence of having a direct connection with the revolutionary movement under the leadership of Sun Yat-sen, the bureau said in a brief prepared for the Legislative Council.
A place of refuge for revolutionaries shortly before the Qing dynasty was overthrown in 1911, the building serves as 'testimony to Hong Kong's role in the revolutionary movement' and had high historical significance, the bureau said.
During the turbulent period the building, disguised as a rice mill and a sugar refinery, was used to hide rebels. It was built around 1910 by a core member of Hsing Chung Hui (Revive China Society), which later formed the Kuomintang.
Following the declaration, the building will be protected under law. Set to become the city's 99th monument, it will be managed by funding from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The authorities said the declaration was conducive to the sustainability principle of protecting Hong Kong's historical assets. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1911 revolution.
The year in which revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen founded, in Hawaii, the Revive China Society. It later became the Kuomintang