Letters to the Editor, March 4, 2013

Retail rents are high at The Link's malls. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Michael Chugani in his column has painted a gloomy economic outlook for Hong Kong and his vivid description reminded me of the film Les Miserables and Mencius. When greed reigns, it suffocates sustained economic growth. The birth rate and demographic profile will be deformed and, therefore, in the long run the population pyramid is not healthy.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 3:27am 1 comment

The Concrete bungle

Every autumn, race organiser Keith Noyes heads out into Hong Kong's country parks to determine the route for his King of the Hills trail race and is met with the same sight: 'We go back out to look at the courses and discover new sections have been concreted.' Previously natural trails are paved over and uphill sections fitted with concrete steps.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Councillors seek legal backing for fencing of trails

Unable to persuade their constituents that a safety rail is needed on a popular Pok Fu Lam walking trail, local politicians have asked the Department of Justice if they could be legally liable for any accidents there in future.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

Officials must take action to curb street vendors' obstructions

As a regular visitor to Hong Kong, I cannot believe that business owners are openly defying officials whose responsibility it is to try to ensure that these businesses operate within the appropriate laws. These regulations are designed to ensure the safety of the public.

18 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Hazardous footpaths do require railings to protect pedestrians

Regarding the debate on railings on footpaths, I have lived on May Road for more than 35 years. I walk along the narrow footpaths in this area every day and often find cars parked illegally on footpaths on my road and on Old Peak Road and Brewin Path. This forces me to walk on the road and take my life in my hands.

13 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Needless railings on paths spoil our surroundings

The path to ruin is paved with good intentions. Nowhere is this adage literally truer than on footpaths across our city. Iron railings have been erected along extended stretches of roads and trails in Mid-Levels and other districts.

7 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Residents give boardwalk idea the thumbs up

Quarry Bay residents yesterday welcomed an open boardwalk beneath the Eastern Corridor - provided dogs and smoking were banned, and there were provisions to protect walkers from falling debris.

Jenny Kong said a boardwalk along the water was a great idea, especially for those who liked to do morning exercises.

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Paving some eroded trails is a necessary compromise

'Concreting of natural trail halted amid hikers' uproar'

SCMP headline, January 10

This is meant to be a finance column so let's give this story a finance angle first. If a government contract to pave a 99-metre stretch of the Hong Kong trail at Tai Long Wan is worth HK$336,000, then I want to be a paving contractor. Someone must be growing rich here.

14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Concrete jungles not needed on rural trails

Urban areas in Hong Kong have, with good reason, often been described as concrete jungles. Fortunately, our large country parks and extensive trails offer scenic open spaces to give us relief from the city's claustrophobic environment. Sadly, however, there is no escape from drab concrete paths on many country trails whose natural scenic look is often ruined as a result.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Concreting of natural trail halted amid hikers' uproar

Work on path brought to a standstill following complaints

The government has halted concreting work on a footpath at the last leg of the Hong Kong Trail near Big Wave Bay Village, in Shek O, following sustained pressure and complaints from hikers.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Repaving of trail has ruined natural look, hikers complain

A century-old trail built with granite stones has been paved over in Western, prompting hikers to prepare a complaint to the Ombudsman. They say the work is a waste of money and has ruined the look of the path.

18 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Hiker urges upgrade of 'dangerous' walking trail

A hiker is urging the government to upgrade a walking trail from Repulse Bay to Tai Tam Country Park, saying it has become a hazard for walkers and elderly residents taking their early-morning exercise.

25 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Residents prefer swamped trail to safer road

The short cut that Cheung So-ngo is believed to have taken is a mountain trail, just wide enough for one person, that becomes swamped when it rains heavily. It has no lights and, for the most part, has no handrail.

But it is a trail that locals said they want to keep, even after learning Cheung was supposedly swept from it into a stream.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Stanley makeover gets Legco backing

$87.5 million will be spent on a boardwalk, more shops and restaurants, a pier and wider pedestrian strips

Stanley waterfront will be further improved as a tourist spot under an $87.5 million renovation plan, approved by Legco's economic services panel yesterday, to widen its pedestrian areas and add more shops and restaurants.

27 Apr 2004 - 12:00am


I refer to Michela Metcalf's letter headlined 'Lovely path ruined' (South China Morning Post, February 5).

17 Feb 2003 - 12:00am