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Old June 10th, 2007, 12:36 AM   #941
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hongkong is so developed and beautiful
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Old June 10th, 2007, 12:59 PM   #942
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BTW how many children did she have?
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Old June 10th, 2007, 07:36 PM   #943
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None, that's why there was a huge lawsuit and debate over who inherits.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 06:47 AM   #944
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apparently she changed her will and the ENTIRE will goes to a feng shui master.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:29 AM   #945
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Was he porking her or something...?

I can see no other reasonable logic behind the thinking, "Hmm if I die, I know, I'll give all my fortune to my feng shui master."
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Old June 11th, 2007, 01:15 PM   #946
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is this building ever finished yet??
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Old June 11th, 2007, 01:16 PM   #947
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Originally one of my favourite towers when it was still under construction, just wished they finished with the damn crown already, lol.

And I must admit, Tsuen Wan's skyline alone is enough to compete with many skylines around the world with the view in this pic:

they've been doing w the top for so long.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 09:08 PM   #948
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Maybe what happened was that they were going to leave it as some weird steel crown, then they noticed the uproar of forumers and the general public...
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Old June 12th, 2007, 08:11 AM   #949
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Is teddy tower (the taller of the Nina Towers) on hold?
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Old June 12th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #950
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maybe they construct some ears to the head ...
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Old June 12th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #951
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 02:39 PM   #952
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 07:08 PM   #953
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well the Nina (small one) look good at night with the lighting...I think the tall one will have the same lighting too
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Old June 23rd, 2007, 03:25 AM   #954
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looks so nice....
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Old June 27th, 2007, 08:37 PM   #955
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The enigma of Little Sweetie - Face value
21 April 2007
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Nina Wang, a property tycoon said to be Asia's richest woman, leaves behind many unanswered questions

THE funeral of Nina Wang, which took place on April 18th, was an uncharacteristically lavish affair for a woman renowned as much for her frugality as her wealth. Ms Wang is thought to have become the richest woman in Asia after the disappearance in 1990 of her husband Teddy, who left her a property empire reckoned by Forbes to be worth $4.2 billion. This week's funeral brings to a close an extraordinary life story that has kept Hong Kong enthralled and mystified for years.

Among the very few things that can be said with certainty about Ms Wang was that she cut a colourful figure amid the local pinstriped tycoons. Until shortly before her death on April 3rd, aged 69, she wore pigtails dyed to match her miniskirts and bobby socks, and sometimes liked to bring a pet dog or monkey to meetings. Nicknamed “Little Sweetie” after a comic-book character with a similarly beguiling smile and sense of style, her picture was a constant presence in the local papers. And despite her great fortune, she displayed a quirky austerity, pausing on the way home from an elegant dinner to grab leftovers at the kitchen, and hosting soirées at McDonald's.

Teddy was equally frugal and is said to have chastised her for paying an $11m ransom when he was kidnapped in 1983, even though he had spent eight days tied to a bed and had then been stuffed into a fridge. So when he was next kidnapped in 1990, Nina paid up only $34m, half the requested amount. It was evidently not enough: Teddy was never seen again. One of the many people jailed in connection with the abduction said he had been dumped into Hong Kong harbour, but Teddy's body was never found and doubts persisted. Nina said she believed he would return and under a power-of-attorney arrangement she was allowed to run his property firm, Chinachem, in his absence. Teddy was declared dead by the authorities in 1999.

Settling his estate inspired an epic probate battle between Nina and Teddy's father, Wang Din-shin, that played out in the press in 2002. Din-shin produced a will written by Teddy in 1968 after he apparently discovered his wife was having an affair; it left Nina with nothing. Din-shin then accused her of being on birth-control pills even though Teddy was sterile, implying continued adultery. Nina responded with another will, conveniently written just before Teddy disappeared in 1990 and with a title-sheet saying “One life, one love”. It gave her everything. Only two witnesses existed for this will, Nina and the Wangs' butler, who died shortly after Teddy was declared dead.

The first phase of litigation went against Nina; the judge called the 1990 will “utterly ridiculous”. Criminal fraud charges were filed. But the ruling was sensationally overturned on appeal in 2005 and the charges were dropped. After the announcement, Nina's brother was beaten outside the courtroom. Someone was apparently unhappy about the outcome. Nina sued Wang Din-shin, demanding to know who financed his side of the lengthy and hugely costly litigation. He refused to say.

The origin of Nina's and Teddy's fortune has always been mysterious and became more so as it grew. The Wang fortune originated in Shanghai, where the two met as children. They migrated to Hong Kong in the 1950s after the communist takeover, when getting out was hard and shifting wealth even harder. (Many Hong Kong fortunes are hard to explain, and it is considered bad manners to ask questions about their origins.) By the 1970s, the Wangs' company, Chinachem, owned vast swathes of the New Territories, the stretch of land between Kowloon and the Chinese border. The firm eventually erected more than 300 buildings, many of which were controversial because they circumvented zoning laws or were said to skimp on quality.

Mystery piled upon mystery

But the oddest aspect of Chinachem's management was not how tough it was on costs and quality or how it finessed local building authorities—familiar complaints, justified or not, about many landlords—but rather how lax it was on revenues. Hong Kong tycoons are known for working their assets—erecting buildings, filling them up, raising rents, then knocking them to rubble when demand allows for bigger replacements. In contrast, Chinachem had empty buildings, none more bewildering than a project Nina launched in 1997 when she spent more than $1 billion to build a curious funnel-shaped apartment block in Hong Kong's lovely Repulse Bay. Not a single one of its 184 units has ever been rented or sold, notwithstanding a booming market for flats. She subsequently built a 42-storey “Nina Tower” and at her death was building an adjoining 88-storey “Teddy Tower” in a depressed area of Kowloon, where typical corporate-tower clients are unlikely to want to work.

On Ms Wang's death the Hong Kong papers were filled with her pictures, her smiles and, inevitably, stories that portrayed her in a less flattering light. A maid claimed she had not received an increase in her $500 monthly salary for 14 years. Stanley Ho, a friend and a fellow tycoon, claimed that a reluctance to pay medical fees meant that the ailing Ms Wang consulted a doctor only in December, by which time her illness, believed to be ovarian cancer, was too advanced to be treated. But others have disputed this version of events.

Speculation abounds about who might be the heir to Ms Wang's fortune. Reports first suggested it would go to charity, then to family members. More quietly, many people wonder how much of a fortune there is to inherit. Property empires rarely lack debt. Projects have partners. And Chinachem's cavalier attitude towards management suggests it was operating outside the world of disciplined, credit-scarred bankers. Just because it was never clear who Ms Wang's backers were does not mean they do not exist. Pigtails and pets were always a wonderful distraction. The question that remains is: from what?
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Old June 28th, 2007, 10:30 AM   #956
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this is a beautiful tower!!! ongrats to HK!!!
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Old June 30th, 2007, 08:57 AM   #957
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And when will the shopping mall and the hotel pools be finished?
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Old June 30th, 2007, 08:15 PM   #958
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Light testing on Nina Tower!





a clip at youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBUnhJhzQng
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Old June 30th, 2007, 08:19 PM   #959
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How come every building starts using the same lighting style! It's disgusting!!!
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Old June 30th, 2007, 08:52 PM   #960
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LOL,because LED lighting is cheap and eye catching.
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