The owners of an antique shop have issued another plea to the High Court to stop the demolition of the store's traditional Chinese-style canopy, which they say is a tourist attraction. Tang Ping-wai and Chow Sui-chee filed a writ challenging the Building Authority's decision to demolish the canopy, which has adorned their shop since it opened in 1972. The Yue Po Chai Curios Store, in Hollywood Road, Central, sells antiques from the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is next to the Man Mo Temple, a popular tourist attraction. The canopy, built in traditional Chinese style, was 'in perfect harmony' with the temple, the writ said. The shop front had appeared on the cover of a promotional booklet published by the Tourist Association. The canopy's design had attracted much attention and had been visited by local and international celebrities, including former governor Chris Patten, the writ said. However, in May 1996 the Building Authority told the couple that the canopy was an unauthorised structure and had to be removed. The owners said the department had ignored the canopy for the previous 24 years, and the demolition order in 1996 came only in response to a disastrous canopy collapse accident in To Kwa Wan a year before. 'The Building Authority, in the circumstances, only acted to avoid public criticism consequent upon the To Kwa Wan collapse without directing its attention to the actual state of affairs in question,' the writ said. The couple's appeal was dismissed by the authority's Appeal Tribunal in February this year. The Buildings Department said that it would not comment while court proceedings were continuing.