Posted by: Jason | December 1, 2011

Hong Kong Old & New

After a quick trip up to Victoria Peak this morning (and lovely hike down Findlay Road and the Peak Tram trail), we met with Peter Hills of Hong Kong University.  Professor Hills took us on a walking tour of Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district, which is a textbook case study of economic development battling historic preservation.  There was a timely article about exactly that in The Standard today – here are the opening paragraphs –

With the completion of the new government headquarters at Tamar, the future of the old Central Government Offices on Lower Albert Road has become a hot topic.

 

The administration has suggested selling the buildings to developers. If this were to happen, the tranquillity of the area could be seriously disturbed, if not completely destroyed. Lower Albert Road and its environs would certainly become yet another shopping and tourist location, perhaps with a hotel or two.

 

What would become of the stately tree standing for so many decades in great majesty outside the main block, when the developers moved in?

 

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