Queen'S Pier

A tip of her hard hat

Sitting in her office at government headquarters in Admiralty, overlooking the newly reclaimed waterfront, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor - who's reputed to be tough - makes a confession.

Thursday, 11 June, 2015, 4:29pm

Architect revisits historic city hall

It was a celebratory evening when the who's who of Hong Kong gathered in City Hall in Central for its golden jubilee. But to one of the building's British architects, it was heartbreaking to see the arts and hub complex of which the hall is part tarnished.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Preservation more than a matter of trust

Hongkongers frequently lament the destruction of old treasures, landmarks and oddities as the city relentlessly makes itself taller, more modern and more generic.

But even passionate preservationists were caught short by the price tag attached to efforts to save Ho Tung Gardens, the famed Peak property in danger of being demolished by one of its founder's heirs.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A vivid journey into HK's past

Our Home, Our History - An Illustration By The Hong Kong Heritage Project

From bits of farmland and a tiny port to an industrialised city and then a prosperous international metropolis, Hong Kong has 'stunned the world with its rapid economic development that was globally heralded as a miracle', the picture album Our Home, Our History - An Illustration says.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Star Ferry Pier was a landmark loss and a monumental gain for city's heritage

Most cities have in their history a major conservation disaster that catapults the case for conservation forward. For Hong Kong, this was undoubtedly the demolition of the Star Ferry Pier five years ago today.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Teenager triumphs as cross-harbour race returns

Eighteen-year-old John Ling Tin-yu beat 978 competitors to win Hong Kong's first cross-harbour swim in 33 years yesterday, completing the 1.8-kilometre event in 20 minutes and 34.4 seconds.

'It means a lot to me because it's the first time after the competition resumed,' he said. 'It's the happiest day of my life,' said the student who is studying in Britain.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Two swimmers with a mission

Two up-and-coming swimmers from Diocesan Boys' School are all set for the New World Cross Harbour Race 2011 on October 16.

A maximum of 1,000 swimmers will compete in the event, which is being held for the first time since 1978. Fifth-former Nicholas Lau Chak-lam is confident he will finish with a place on the podium.

6 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Today's young 'radicals'; tomorrow's visionaries

In late 2009 and early 2010, the government had a nasty shock as it tried to push through plans for the high-speed rail link to Guangzhou. Opposition from some quarters was very fierce. The opponents organised in ways that left our officials looking out of touch. Hong Kong's leaders learned the hard way about the power of the internet in mobilising protesters.

25 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Drawing on past will keep our culture fresh

Our government finally seems to have come to grips with the idea of keeping our past alive. It has nominated four local festivals to be named by the Ministry of Culture as national intangible cultural heritage. Recognition will help promote the events, but that is not wholly where the significance lies.

21 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Policy is best foundation for heritage conservation

The 1950s tenement buildings that are the heart and soul of Wing Lee Street have, hopefully, been saved. Just days before the Town Planning Board was to vote on an Urban Renewal Authority plan to demolish nine of them, the latter put forward an alternative proposal that would preserve all 12.

18 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Let a statutory authority oversee our harbourfront development

Your editorial regarding our government's failed leadership over the development of the harbourfront ('A missed opportunity to protect our harbour', February 22) got it right. Our bureaucracy is neither equipped nor inclined to think outside its box.

Public engagement is no substitute for leadership.

8 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Minister mulls online dialogue with protesters

The government, which plans to roll out major infrastructure projects in the coming years, is considering reaching out to an increasingly organised, internet-savvy and vocal generation of twenty-somethings, whose activism has galvanised the community and alarmed officials.

18 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

On the fast track to a divided society

Few political scientists would disagree that Hong Kong is ripe for democracy, thanks to its high level of economic development and relative lack of deep-seated political, ethnic, religious or cultural cleavages. The colonial administration suppressed possible conflict between communist and Kuomintang sympathisers in the post-second-world-war era by shelving democracy.

27 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

We have to draw a line at what deserves heritage status

I disagree with those who would like to see Edinburgh Place, in Central, be made a monument.

Because of the limited space in Hong Kong, we have to think hard about every single building when there is a call for it to be preserved.

We need to ask if such a proposal is economically viable, rather than blindly following the opinions of others.

18 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Electric Requiem: God Save the Queen

Electric Requiem: God Save the Queen Contemporary Musiking and the City Chamber Orchestra of HK, Black Box Theatre, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, Tomorrow-Sat, 8pm; Sat-Nov 1, 3pm.

29 Oct 2009 - 12:00am