Wong Chuk Hang

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

Tai Po hospital tender dumped after bidder fails to meet conditions

A consortium of Parkway Pantai and NWS will build a private hospital, due to open in 2017, at this Wong Chuk Hang site. Photo: Dickson Lee

The government has scrapped a tender to build a private hospital on a site in Tai Po because the sole bidder failed to meet conditions attached to the project. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said yesterday the government would consider whether to change the site's land use. It may also change the use for two other sites earmarked for private hospitals by the former administration - in Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O. 

14 Mar 2013 - 8:29am

Destination Wong Chuk Hang

Clockwise from left: CulinArt Private Kitchen; with its flyover and industrial buildings, Wong Chuk Hang isn't a pretty area; quail consommé with foie gras wonton from Chef Studio by Eddy.Photos: Jonathan Wong

Wong Chuk Hang is an industrial neighbourhood of car workshops and warehouses hidden within huge, retro industrial buildings. With the demolition of the Wong Chuk Hang Estate to make way for an MTR station, the area has suddenly become a destination with potential.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:34pm

Hospital site offer not unreasonable

More than 30 organisations expressed interest when the government said it would offer four sites for new private hospitals to address an imbalance of supply and demand between the majority of doctors, who work in the private sector, and the 90 per cent of patients who use public hospitals.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Two more drop bids to build hospitals

Two more organisations that had planned to bid to build private hospitals on a pair of sites identified by the government withdrew from the tendering process as the deadline passed yesterday.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Nighttime in the Ocean's Depths

When we gathered at the entrance of Ocean Park for its 'Nighttime in the Ocean's Depths' adventure, both of my children were thrilled to be camping out at their favourite Hong Kong theme park.

However, after an initial briefing, it became clear that this sleepover was about marine environment education and not roller coaster rides.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Swing into summer

As things are heating up in the city, it's time to hit the amusement parks for a day of sun and fun. Our junior reporters recently visited Ocean Park and got the low-down on its newest attractions - a pair of endangered golden monkeys and the retro street, Old Hong Kong.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Plan to revive Water World

A new Water World on Tai Shue Wan that would combine a natural beach with man-made pools is being planned by Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bidders running shy of hospital tender demands

A high-profile contender in the bidding for government land to build a private hospital has hinted he will pull out, dealing a blow to government plans to encourage the provision of affordable private medical services.

Meanwhile, a leading private hospital, the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, also said it would not be taking part in the bidding.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

MTR line set to transform industrial district

Prices of sites in industrial district Wong Chuk Hang are soaring, and the area is likely to see significant change with a new MTR line being built nearby.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hotel tender felled by lack of interest

Lack of interest from property developers was one reason Ocean Park's hotel tender fell through last week, the chairman of the 34-year-old amusement park said yesterday.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ocean Park lets tender deadline for hotels lapse

The building of two hotels in Ocean Park will probably be delayed after a tender deadline lapsed yesterday with no agreement reached.

According to the original plans, the amusement park wanted two hotels - Ocean Hotel at the Ocean Park main entrance and Fisherman's Wharf Hotel at Tai Shue Wan - to open by 2013 and 2015 respectively.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The Rainforest, Ocean Park

One reason Ocean Park continues to be a favoured destination for family entertainment despite competition from Hong Kong Disneyland is that the home-grown operator continually introduces new developments.

Most recently Ocean Park opened a new zone called The Rainforest, which features a collection of about 70 exotic animals and a water ride.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Dive into fun, fulfilling career

Ocean Park, soon reaching the conclusion of its US$5.5-billion (HK$43 billion) upgrade that will have seen the park's animal and ride attractions double by 2012, needs to expand its workforce and ensure its leadership pipeline.

17 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Warehouse district develops in style

Ageing warehouses, petrol stations and delivery trucks lined up outside garage doors typify the facade of downtown Wong Chuk Hang.

The main drag -a stone's throw from Aberdeen and Ocean Park and skirting the island's prestigious Southside- is not widely known as a lifestyle destination.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am