Heritage Conservation in Hong Kong

Historical buildings No 10 and 11 in Wong Chuk Hang San Wai. Photo: Warton Li

Hong Kong's heritage policy needs muscle

The government likes to portray Hong Kong as a city with a clear strategy on heritage conservation. Thanks to growing public awareness and conservation efforts, more than 1,000 buildings and monuments are graded as worthy of protection. The result may sound reassuring in a place known for its strong appetite for tearing down old blocks for redevelopment. But a closer examination by the government auditor shows the situation still leaves a lot to be desired.

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