Businesswoman Vanessa Ho purchased the grade-three historic rating tong lau at 1 Queen’s Road West in 2016. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Businesswoman Vanessa Ho purchased the grade-three historic rating tong lau at 1 Queen’s Road West in 2016. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Vanishing tong lau: Hong Kong heritage experts call for action, incentives to save last pre-war shophouses

  • Old shophouse buildings in danger of demolition as rules for preservation are too restrictive, experts say
  • Few owners apply to repair, upgrade buildings because it costs too much, government grant is not enough

Businesswoman Vanessa Ho purchased the grade-three historic rating tong lau at 1 Queen’s Road West in 2016. Photo: Jonathan Wong
Businesswoman Vanessa Ho purchased the grade-three historic rating tong lau at 1 Queen’s Road West in 2016. Photo: Jonathan Wong
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