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Nina Wang's towering achievement lives on


Late billionaire Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum never failed to keep us amazed and enthralled, even from beyond the grave. The small probate matter involving her fung shui friend may be dying down, but she is still leaving us with much to talk about. Nina Towers in Tsuen Wan has started work on a new garden. It's not just any garden, but the Nina Fossil Garden. That might surprise some people, as we have it on good scientific authority that it takes a very long time to fossilise and the late boss of property giant Chinachem only left us in 2007.

But for those who knew her, Wang had an abiding interest in science. At one point, she wanted to set up a Nobel Prize-like award on the mainland to encourage scientific research.

She had also entertained winning the Nobel Peace Prize by brokering talks between the Dalai Lama and Beijing.

But it looks like Nina Towers, a twin tower of 80-storey and 42-storey high-rise buildings may be her most significant legacy. The lower tower is known as Nina Tower, and the higher one is Teddy Tower, after her late husband who was kidnapped in 1990 and never seen again. The structures are joined by a pedestrian bridge, symbolising their eternal holding of hands.

Perhaps the fossilised trees in the new garden symbolise their time-defying love.