Heritage Site

Hong Kong's heritage policy needs muscle

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

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.

Sunday, 21 April, 2013, 4:56am

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

Letters to the Editor, December 16, 2012

No need for shark's fin soup on the menu. Photo: SMP

Standard hours law is morally right

In the report ("Warning of 'euro mess' over standard working hours", December 3), a deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries said that legislation on standard working hours would jeopardise business competitiveness and such legislation had "caused riots and unrest in some countries".

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am 1 comment

PLA has 'security blackout' at historic military sites

Photos taken in 1995 record the British military installations at Stanley Battery Observation Post. Photo: Ko Tim-keung

Dozens of historic military structures controlled by the PLA remain ungraded for heritage value despite a four-year exercise, and the military has been withholding information due to "security concerns", a government antiquities expert says.

10 Dec 2012 - 5:42am 1 comment

Lump of concrete facade all that remains of Eastern Cotton Mills

This is all that remains of the Eastern Cotton Mills in Kowloon. Photo: Dickson Lee

A lump of concrete standing in the middle of a construction site on Mok Cheong Street in Kowloon is all that is left of the Eastern Cotton Mills, one of the largest spinning factories set up in post-war Hong Kong.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

Preservation policy needs review

Jessville in Pok Fu Lam

A building that few of us were aware of until its owner wanted to demolish it would not seem worthy of preservation, let alone giving public access to. But the Pok Fu Lam mansion Jessville is no ordinary structure - it is a rare example of Italian renaissance architecture that offers a glimpse into how the well-heeled in our city lived eight decades ago.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Briefs, September 26, 2012

The Menik Farm camp was one of the world's biggest. Photo: AFP

Vietnamese farmers find soldiers' remains

26 Sep 2012 - 2:48am

Out of date

I am in agony. So are the thousands of others who live or work in the vicinity of the old Victoria Prison/Central Police Station complex. What was once a serene oasis of historic low-rise buildings where birds nestled on tiled roofs is now an ugly construction site.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

UN calls for new report over dams at heritage site

Unesco has repeated its grave concerns over proposed dams in Yunnan , which the international cultural body fears will jeopardise a world heritage site.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

talk back

Q What do you think of the Hotung/HKU plan for the Central heritage site?

11 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Council backs Hotung family's plan for Central heritage site

A plan by the Hotung family to convert the Central Police Station, Victoria Prison and former Central magistrate court into an arts complex was endorsed by the Central and Western District Council.

13 Aug 2004 - 12:00am