Cultural Heritage

More pressing matters push back Hong Kong heritage consultation

Ho Tung Gardens before the mansion was demolished. Photo: AFP

A review of heritage conservation will take a back seat while hot-button issues such as waste charging, electoral reform and the development of the northeastern New Territories hog the limelight.

Thursday, 27 February, 2014, 4:13am

Don't let Hong Kong's young lose sight of their past

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Many young people in Hong Kong don't have a sense of their past, perhaps due in part to the rapid technological changes. Under the mountain of Facebook and weibo updates, history can easily be overlooked or, even worse in the case of some mainland cities, swiftly demolished.

27 Mar 2013 - 7:35am 1 comment

Italy's cultural heritage vanishing, warns Vatican museums director

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Photo: EPA

Antonio Paolucci said he was "saddened but not surprised" by the devastating losses of the historic institution in Naples, where thousands of rare and antique books were last year found to have disappeared. The alleged plundering, which prosecutors have been investigating for the past nine months, was symptomatic of a country whose rich cultural heritage was at risk from various factors including theft and neglect, he said.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:40am

Centuries old Beijing temples converted to high-end 'dining clubs'

The interior of one of the restaurants. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Two Beijing temples, designated as cultural heritage sites and entitled to state protection, have been transformed into restaurants.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:54pm

'Traditional Chinese villages' selected in drive to preserve cultural heritage

Hong village in Anhui province - a Unesco World Heritage site - has more than 140 Ming and Qing dynasty homes.

More than 600 ancient villages have been designated as having special cultural significance, a first step towards slowing the pace of their destruction in the drive towards development.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:37am

Hong Kong's system for grading historic buildings is dated and inaccurate

As a solicitor, I feel that the issue concerning the redevelopment of the west wing of the former central government offices reveals the flaws of our grading system for heritage buildings.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

West wing is part of our heritage

Hong Kong is not known for having a strong appetite for heritage conservation. But, thankfully, an awakening consciousness has taken root following the public outcry against the demolition of the iconic Star Ferry clock tower and Queen's Pier a few years ago.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Heritage expert set to examine west wing

Conservationists are hoping a heritage specialist who flies in this week can help persuade officials not to demolish the west wing of the former government headquarters in Central.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cultural heritage worth fighting for

Heritage and tourism go hand in hand. We have 150 years of colonial history and a culture of Western and Chinese influences. With good conservation and promotion, our fine traditions and practices can be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

6 May 2012 - 12:00am

Lessons on the past

Before the Hong Kong government introduced its Conservation Policy in 2007, employment prospects for architects who wanted to specialise in the field of conservation were few and far between.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Let bygones not be gone

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is introducing a new master's of science in architectural conservation and design for the 2012-2013 academic year.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Heritage caught up in club mentality

From today, a secluded heritage site in the heart of Hong Kong will be officially open to the public for the first time in more than 170 years. Formerly the explosives magazine site of the British garrison, the military compound in Admiralty has been turned into the headquarters of the Asia Society, a non-profit US organisation seeking to promote Americans' understanding of this region.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's inadequate heritage preservation law needs updating

I am a solicitor and am writing to express my opinions about the Ho Tung Gardens incident from a legal perspective.

It serves as a good example to demonstrate the deficiency of our heritage protection law. Under the present law, only 'monuments' are afforded legal protection under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance but graded buildings have no legal status.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The Dragon keeper

Cynthia Lee Hong-yee says it was probably her destiny to preserve Dragon Garden. Lee, founder of the Dragon Garden Charitable Trust, is one of 13 grandchildren of the garden's original owner, the late tycoon Lee Iu-cheung, who spent 25 years perfecting it.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Heritage policy something to build on

Hong Kong does have a 'new heritage conservation policy' for private sites that started in 2007.

Intended only as a beginning, the three-tier grading system has brought some success and has enabled officials to hand out HK$16 million to subsidise owners of 19 properties who were willing to repair their graded buildings.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am