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Precious Afghanistan heritage reclaimed

A Melbourne exhibition of Afghan treasures is a remarkable affirmation of a troubled land’s ancient culture and a tribute to the people who saved them, writes Sue Green

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:07pm 1 comment

Old Chinese tourist town opposes new entry fee

Shop owners in Fenghuang old town, a popular tourist site in Hunan province , have seen business fall by as much as half since the local government introduced an entry fee for tourists last week. They went on strike on Wednesday over the charge.

14 Apr 2013 - 1:56pm 1 comment

Jackie Chan plan to move relics abroad raises roof

A plan by Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan to move ancient Chinese buildings to Singapore has sparked controversy on the mainland, state media reported yesterday.

Chan plans to give a Singapore university four of 10 traditional Hui-style sandalwood buildings he bought 20 years ago, saying on his website: "I think it's such a waste if they're not displayed for people to appreciate."

10 Apr 2013 - 5:23am

Jackie Chan gives last of his historic sandalwood houses to Singapore

Jackie Chan will give the last six of his collection of 10 historic Chinese sandalwood houses to a Singaporean university, after a decade of failed preservation talks with Hong Kong bureaucrats.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am 5 comments

Hong Kong needs review of historic building heritage policy

What is more sad than for a great city to lose its heritage bit by bit? Historic buildings and monuments, once demolished, are gone forever. That is why world cities steeped in history and culture have long embraced heritage conservation. A city that turns its back on its past loses its soul and character.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 3 comments

Government House open day 'spoiled by mainland tourists'

Visitors to Government House complained their trip was spoiled when the site opened its doors to the public yesterday, as it was "treated like an attraction for mainlanders".

11 Mar 2013 - 5:18am 3 comments

Upholding tradition in the old clan villages

Raymond Leung Ping-wa knows a thing or two about Hong Kong traditions. He spent two years exploring the old settlements of Fanling, Sheung Shui, Sha Tau Kok and surrounding areas as research for his 1994 book, Heritage of Northern District.

3 Feb 2013 - 4:10pm

Warning over commercialising heritage sites

China is the only country to have had at least one site inscribed into Unesco's World Heritage List each year over the past decade, but analysts warn that an official obsession with such listings for economic gain could compromise the nation's heritage conservation efforts.

1 Jan 2013 - 5:01am

Departing antiquities chief Bernard Chan calls for heritage review

Sitting in his office the day after chairing his final meeting with the Antiquities Advisory Board, Bernard Chan appeared relieved to have put the heritage hot seat behind him.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:20am

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

The Antiquities Advisory Board yesterday refused to consider an interpretation of a law which could have saved 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 the owner, who would claim HK$7 billion for loss of her redevelopment right.

18 Dec 2012 - 3:27am