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  1. Comment - Letters

    Antiquities board did not act over Ho Tung Gardens

    Posted Jan 19th 2014, 02:53am by LETTERS

    ... Antiquities board did not even try to save Ho Tung Gardens The destruction of Ho Tung Gardens was extremely regrettable, solely for the profit of one person. Every time there has been ... to preserve Ho Tung Gardens and redevelop the West Wing office block. The Antiquities Advisory Board also failed. It sat by while this site with the highest possible rating was demolished. I wrote ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - CONSERVATION

    Ho Tung Gardens to be bulldozed; minister admits policy failure

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by JOYCE NG AND OLGA WONG

    ... Joyce Ng and Olga Wong joyce.ng@scmp.com While west wing on Government Hill will be saved, Ho Tung Gardens will not; minister says U-turn on mansion shows need for rethink Heritage policy failure as Peak mansion to go The government admitted a policy failure yesterday as it decided to give up on a plan to save the historic Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak, which is held by an owner who ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - HERITAGE

    Board rejects William Meacham's 'lifeline' for Ho Tung Gardens

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Ho Tung Gardens. The board concluded it would do nothing more to declare the Peak mansion a monument, as the Executive Council had made a final decision it did not want to compensate ... "If the legal opinion is accepted, thousands of people will take it to the streets," he said. Ho Tung Gardens was built by late tycoon Robert Hotung in 1927. His granddaughter, ...

  4. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    Ho Tung Gardens was an eyesore … not Hong Kong heritage

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Tung Gardens at even HK$7 million. Its antiquities claims are that it was the first place on the Peak where anyone Chinese was ever allowed to live and that it was once visited by a real, live United States vice-president. There is a photograph to prove it. The trouble is that Robert Ho Tung Bosman was Dutch by paternal descent, not Chinese, and he didn't live in the house. He ...

  5. Foundation's last-ditch effort to save Ho Tung Gardens

    Posted May 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com A foundation backed by a nephew of the owner of Ho Tung Gardens is making a last-ditch effort to save the heritage site before the end of the government's ... The programme would last 20 years because the lease for Ho Tung Gardens expires in 2033. 'The ultimate compensation to be paid to the owner would be decided by the courts,' the report said. ...

  6. Ho Tung Gardens owner adamant

    Posted Jan 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com A legal battle looms as the owner of Ho Tung Gardens says she is determined to demolish her family home even as the government is set to declare it a monument. ... be Ho Tung Gardens. I can get a management company to take care of the place.' Historians say the estate, built by Hotung in 1927 for his second wife, Clara, is an example of Chinese ...

  7. Last ditch plea for Ho Tung Gardens

    Posted Jan 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Few of us were aware of Ho Tung Gardens until the prospect arose last year of the historic mansion on The Peak being torn down for redevelopment. That possibility is imminent now ... and the first non-European allowed by British colonialists to live on The Peak. In keeping with that privilege, he built Ho Tung Gardens in 1927 in the grandest of styles, creating an estate the likes ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Leung Chun-ying refuses to bite over Stanley flat extensions

    Posted Dec 16th 2012, 12:00am by JOSHUA BUT, JOLIE HO

    ... Joshua But and Jolie Ho CY faces fresh questions over latest controversy but others are urging Hongkongers to move on Leung refuses to bite over Stanley flat structures Chief Executive ... in March, when the existence of unauthorised additions to the property, including a garden trellis, was revealed. During election campaigning Leung had criticised his rival for the top job, Henry ...

  9. Let's face it: the Ho Tung Gardens' house has no merit

    Posted Oct 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... If there is one building in Hong Kong, however, that requires a very loooooong stretch of definition to reach even these criteria it is the main house of Ho Tung Gardens on The Peak. Let us be frank. ... Yawn. And now we are talking of spending up to HK$3 billion from the public purse to declare the Ho Tung villa a monument because Hotung's granddaughter, although happy to keep the gardens ...

  10. Negotiations on Ho Tung Gardens stall

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com The government's bid to preserve the Ho Tung Gardens historic site had hit hurdles and might fail, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng ... permission to live on The Peak. Ho Tung Gardens, where his son Robert Ho Shai-lai lived from the 1960s to 1990s, is the only residence with direct links to him. His granddaughter has expressed ...




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