Selina Chow says the government's plans for the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront 'uglify' one of the city's top drawcards Redeveloping the Tsim Sha Tsui harbour promenade risks destroying one of Hong Kong's top stops for visitors, Tourism Board chairwoman Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee warned yesterday, after she and fellow legislators were given detailed proposals. 'Looking at the artists' impressions, it looks like a wet market. Why does everything we do look like a wet market?' she said. 'In the past, we have always said, 'okay, the government's building it, so it's going to be less than beautiful'. But if the point is to beautify Tsim Sha Tsui, then we must do better.' The Economic Development and Labour Bureau presented draft proposals for the $242 million redevelopment, under which the bus terminal adjoining the Star Ferry pier would be moved to Tsim Sha Tsui East and the site turned into a plaza, with footbridges and a podium garden connecting the pier and the new terminal adjoining the Wing On Plaza Garden. The Star Ferry taxi stand would be moved to Canton Road and parking bays for tour coaches and shuttle buses moved beyond the proposed plaza to an area outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. New bus stops would be put in at the bottom of Canton Road and a high-frequency shuttle bus would run to and from the new bus terminus. Tourism Bureau staff, led by Permanent Secretary for Economic Development Sandra Lee Suk-yee, told the Legislative Council's economic services panel the redevelopment would improve pedestrian circulation and enhance Tsim Sha Tsui as a popular and prominent tourist district. But Mrs Chow said the government's design was terrible and risked damaging tourism by 'uglifying' one of the city's most important tourist spots. The government hopes that construction of the plaza and the pedestrian links will begin in September, for completion in April 2006. Mrs Chow said the government should have learned its lesson from the design of the Cultural Centre, which she said had been criticised in the past as having no significant architectural qualities. '[The design of the Cultural Centre] is not timeless, it's not beautiful. But no lessons seem to have been learned,' she said. The legislator also criticised the lack of escalators on the proposed footbridge linking the promenade with the new bus terminal. 'Even wet markets have escalators nowadays,' Mrs Chow said. Democratic Party legislator Sin Chung-kai said his party supported the redevelopment but agreed with other legislators that more design work needed to be done before the project went ahead. The legislator representing the transport sector, Miriam Lau Kin-yee, voiced concern that transport interest groups had not been properly consulted. 'Has government consulted the taxi trade? I'm concerned about whether the taxis will protest over having their stand moved' to Canton Road, Ms Lau said.