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Old June 15th, 2005, 10:53 PM   #161
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LCQ7: EPD closely observes trial fireworks displays at Hong Kong Disneyland
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Government Press Release


Following is a question by the Hon David Li and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, at the Legislative Council meeting today (June 15):

Question:

From April 29 to May 7 this year, the Hong Kong Disneyland held in-situ trials of the nightly fireworks display planned for the theme park once it opens. During the trials, it was observed that the fireworks rose to a lower maximum height than that at the initial test held in January this year. As such, the resultant smoke tended to hover at a low level and, due to the prevailing wind conditions, drift inward towards the former Penny's Bay. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council of :

(a) the average wind speed and direction measured at the Hong Kong Disneyland site on each night during the trial period;

(b) the locations and types of all instruments used by the contractors of Hong Kong Disneyland and by the authorities to measure the impact of the noise, particles and chemical substances of the fireworks on each night during the trial period;

(c) the specific chemicals substances measured by the above instruments, the rationale for the choice of chemicals to be recorded by the contractors and Government for reporting purposes, and the sensitivities of these instruments in respect of each of these chemicals; and

(d) the maximum instantaneous reading for each of the specified measurements recorded by each of the above instruments on each night during the trial period, broken down by location?

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Madam President,

The firework display trial is a requirement stipulated in the Environmental Permit issued to Hongkong International Theme Parks Limited (HKITP) under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO), for the construction and operation of the Hong Kong Disneyland at Penny's Bay, Lantau. According to the Environmental Permit issued under the EIAO, the details of which have been made public on the EPD's website since 2000 (http://www.epd.gov.hk/eia/register/p...ep0292000.htm), the HKITP is required to carry out trial fireworks displays and associated air quality and noise monitoring. The details of the trial and monitoring programme should be submitted to the Director of Environmental Protection for agreement at least one month prior to the trial fireworks displays. The results of the trial fireworks displays should be submitted to the Director for agreement prior to the operation of the Project. Also, the results of the trial tests and associated air quality data should be provided to the Advisory Council on the Environment (ACE) for consultation, as directed by the Director of Environmental Protection, and made available to the public through the project's web site and the web site of EIA Ordinance.

(a) According to the trial and monitoring programme submitted by HKITP in April 2005, HKITP would record the weather data during the trial tests, including wind speed and direction. We have maintained close liaison with HKITP on their initial test results. We are awaiting the final submission around end of June from HKITP of their trial test results.

(b) According to the Environmental Permit issued under the EIAO, HKITP would carry out the air quality and noise monitoring during the trial. According to the proposal of HKITP, the air quality monitoring would be conducted using high volume and polyurethane foam samplers, tapered element oscillating microbalance ambient particulate monitor, canister and absorbent tube samplers.

The instruments used for noise monitoring are sound level meters specified under the Technical Memorandum of the Noise Control Ordinance.

The air quality monitoring was conducted at the following locations:

(i) rooftop of Peng Lai Court on Peng Chau;

(ii) rooftop of Management Office of Crestmont Villa at Discovery Bay;

(iii) Hollywood Hotel within Theme Park;

(iv) building #304 (Buzz Lightyear) within the Theme Park; and

(v) building #609 (Central Maintenance Facility) within the Theme Park.

Regarding noise monitoring, according to the HKITP's proposal, the noise levels would be recorded at the following locations:

(i) Tai Lei on Peng Chau; and

(ii) Rooftop of Cherish Court at Discovery Bay.

EPD, as the statutory authority under the EIAO, has closely observed the trial test and monitoring process conducted by HKITP, and would carefully vet the final submission of the trial test results. The initial monitoring results from HKITP show that the environmental requirements can be met.

(c) According to HKITP's proposal, the following chemicals/metals would be measured:

(i) Total Volatile Organic Compound;

(ii) Volatile Organic Compound (speciated);

(iii) Repairable Suspended Particulates;

(iv) Metals (Aluminium, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Manganese, particulate Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Potassium, Strontium, Titanium and Zinc);

(v) Sulphate;

(vi) Dioxins; and

(vii) Hydrogen Sulphide.

The choice of chemicals monitored was based on the parameters used in the Theme Park EIA report having regard to their potential air quality implications.

According to the trial firework display proposal put forward by HKITP, sampling instruments and procedures would follow the standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

(d) In accordance with the internationally recognised practice, the firework noise criterion adopted in the Theme Park EIA report, which was presented to the public from March to April 2000 and endorsed by the ACE in April 2000, is based on 15-minute Equivalent Continuous Noise Level (i.e. Leq (15 min)) instead of instantaneous maximum noise level. The initial monitoring results from HKITP show that the noise criterion can be met. The monitoring data recorded by other instruments mentioned in (b) above are generally within the prescribed limits and the details will be available in the final submission. We are maintaining close liaison with HKITP and awaiting their final submission around end of June.
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Old June 16th, 2005, 10:36 AM   #164
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I think by about 2007, with a few new rides and more mature vegetation HK Disneyland will be looking fantastic.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 01:39 AM   #165
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Disneyland HK looks awesome. I hope they do put in more rides and possibly add more themed areas like Frontierland and Mickey's Toon-town.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 12:20 PM   #166
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Looking excellent, looking forward to going..........eventually.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 01:28 AM   #167
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WWF seeks sustainable solution to shark's fin dispute
Norma Connolly
18 June 2005
South China Morning Post

Conservation body WWF Hong Kong says it plans to meet shark traders and government officials to find a solution to the controversy over Disney's restaurants serving shark's fin soup.

The environmental group said yesterday it also intended to organise 20,000 students to petition Disney to remove shark's fin soup from its menu.

Eric Bohm, chief executive of WWF HK, said: "Our next step will be to approach the Shark Fin Traders Merchant Association to see if we can work together to identify certifiable sustainable means for [shark fins]."

The WWF has already met Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food York Chow Yat-ngok to discuss creating no-fishing zones over 20 per cent of Hong Kong's fishing waters to allow stocks to replenish. Mr Bohm says he hopes the government will also become more involved in the shark fin discussion.

Mr Bohm said he hoped to arrange meetings with the traders and government representatives from next week.

Claude Martin, director-general of WWF International, on his final visit to Hong Kong before his retirement at the end of this year, said between 50 and 80 per cent of the global shark fin trade goes to Hong Kong. He said: "We are seeing a very fast decline in shark populations worldwide. This is because of sharks being targeted specifically for products such as shark fin but also because sharks are caught as by-catch by unsustainable fishing methods worldwide."

Dr Martin said that the Hong Kong government, as a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (Cites), "has an obligation to control the shark fin trade".

WWF HK claims Disney originally agreed to take shark fin soup off its menus until a "certifiable sustainable source" could be found. Currently, WWF cannot identify any such sources of shark fin.

Disney has announced it will serve shark's fin soup, but will also provide diners at its Disneyland Hotel with leaflets explaining the potential ecological harm caused by eating the soup.

Mr Bohm said WWF HK will approach the 20,000 students with whom it interacts on nature projects to explain "the threat to sharks and other species and we will ask them to sign a petition to Disney to have the dish removed from the menu".

Disney Hong Kong could not be reached for comment yesterday.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 08:22 AM   #168
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Hong Kong activists take Disney sharks' fin fight to politicians

HONG KONG, June 20 (AFP) - Environmentalists have taken their campaign against Disney's plan to serve sharks' fin dishes at its Hong Kong theme park to the city's political leaders, activists said Monday.

A leading local green group urged the government to step in and force the US giant to pull the dish, the popularity of which they say has led to sharp declines in shark populations.

"As a major stakeholder in the Disneyland project, we would ask the government to use its considerable influence to persuade Disney to take sharks' fin off their menus as an example to other major food outlets and to show, particularly to their younger clients, that Disney and Hong Kong are environmentally responsible," the Friends of Hoi Ha group said in a weekend letter to the Chinese territory's environment minister Sarah Liao.

Hong Kong's government is a majority shareholder in the city's Disney resort, which is due to open on September 12.

It has chipped in a large chunk of the 3.2 billion US dollars it has cost to create the park on an old shipbuilding bay near Hong Kong's international airport. It has also stumped up some 700 million dollars to decontaminate the former industrial site.

Disney sparked a worldwide firestorm of protest when it revealed it would serve the dish at wedding banquets. An email and online campaign was directed at Disney boss Michael Eisner in the United States.

Opponents object to the inhumane way in which the fins are removed -- a process called "finning" whereby sharks' fins are hacked off and the body thrown back into the sea to die.

Demand in Hong Kong from traders and consumers is believed to account for as much as 80 percent of the global trade in sharks' fins. Activists say millions of the fish, many from endangered species, are killed each week to supply the trade.

Disney said it was obliged to serve the dish to satisfy cultural demand for what they say is a traditional Chinese dish.

Bowing to complaints it offered to serve sharks' fin -- a tasteless gelatinous substance usually cooked into soups -- only on request and said it would hand out leaflets explaining the environmental impact of eating the food.

The letter from Friends of Hoi Ha, formed ostensibly to protect a nearby marine and nature park, said Disney's charge that shark's fin was traditional was a smoke screen to allow them to profit from the expensive, luxury dish.

"There needs to be a concerted education effort to convince people that eating sharks' fin should go the same way as foot binding or opium smoking," said the letter, signed by group chief Nicola Newbery and emailed to AFP.

"Sharks' fin is a Hong Kong problem and Hong Kong's response to the irrefutable scientific evidence now available will decide nothing less than the future of sharks on our planet," it added.
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 10:46 PM   #169
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Hong Kong Disneyland expected to draw 30,000 on opening day, a third from mainland China

AP - Hong Kong Disneyland is expected to draw its daily maximum of 30,000 visitors on its opening day, with a third of the guests coming from mainland China, officials said Wednesday.

Hong Kong's Commissioner for Tourism Eva Cheng told reporters at a new conference to outline the details of the opening that the park was expecting to welcome 30,000 visitors when it opens on Sept. 12.

Concerns about crowd control have led officials to consider setting up signs near mainland border checkpoints showing ticket availability for the park.

Some of the immigration lines at the Lo Wu border which handles rail and bus passengers from the mainland will be reserved exclusively for Chinese Disneyland tour groups, said Simon Peh, assistant director at the Immigration Department.

Peh said a third of the park's guests were expected to come from the mainland.

A 3.5-kilometer (2-mile) dedicated rail line that links up with Hong Kong's existing subway and supports roads and bus services, will be opened in phases starting in August, the government said in a statement.

Select guests will be invited to test the park itself from Aug. 16 until opening day, it said.

The theme park, built on reclaimed land on the outlying Lantau island, is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Co. and the Hong Kong government.

Hong Kong taxpayers are footing the bulk of the US$3.5 billion construction bill for Hong Kong Disneyland, and critics question whether the government got a good deal. Officials have said the park will boost employment and tourism.
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 09:02 AM   #170
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Hong Kong Disneyland Open Day Entry Limited
By HELEN LUK, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jun 22,11:20 AM ET

HONG KONG - Hong Kong Disneyland will only sell 12,000 tickets for its opening day, with the majority sold online through the theme park's Web site, Disney executives said Wednesday.

Earlier, Hong Kong officials said at another media event that the theme park was expected to draw its daily maximum of 30,000 visitors when it opens on Sept. 12. But the park Group Managing Director Don Robinson said it will be closed to the public that morning for private events.

The theme park, built on reclaimed land on the outlying Lantau island, is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Co. and the Hong Kong government. Officials have said the park will boost employment and tourism. Hong Kong taxpayers are footing the bulk of the $3.5 billion construction bill.

Guests will be able to access the park via a 3.5 kilometer (2 mile) dedicated rail line that links up with Hong Kong's existing subway, bus and road transport routes. The rail line will be opened in phases starting in August, a government statement said.

Officials are also considering setting up signs near mainland border checkpoints showing ticket availability for the park.

Simon Peh, assistant director at the Immigration Department, said some of the immigration lines at the Lo Wu border which handles rail and bus passengers from the mainland will be reserved exclusively for Chinese Disneyland tour groups. Peh said a third of the park's guests were expected to come from the mainland.

Tickets go on sale from July 1 on the park's Web site, which is expected to account for at least 70 percent of all sales.

Telephone bookings will only be accepted from guests staying at the two Disney hotels in Hong Kong and for groups of 25 people or more, Robinson said. The remaining tickets will be sold through travel agents and at the park's ticketing booths.
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Old June 24th, 2005, 07:53 AM   #171
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June 23, 2005
Disney maps out 3-phase opening
Rail link will lead the way, followed by public access to promenade and Inspiration Lake

Dennis Eng

Hong Kong Disneyland will open to the public in three phases starting in early August to allow for last-minute fine-tuning and to better gauge public opinion before its full opening on September 12.

The phased opening will begin with the launch of the Disneyland Resort Line rail link, although this will mainly benefit park staff who need to travel to the area.

The link connects the park to Sunny Bay station on the MTR's Tung Chung line.

About two weeks later on August 16, the public will gain free access to the park promenade and the Inspiration Lake.

Authorities stress that the Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre can only safely accommodate 5,000 people and that a one-way visitor flow will be implemented once it reaches capacity. The promenade can host about 27,000 people.

Six franchised bus services as well as taxis will serve the park on the new Penny's Bay Highway and other public roads during this phase.

The 24-hour pier will also be open to vessels free of charge.

The park and its two hotels will remain off-limits to the public during these phases.

To cope with the expected crowds, especially visitors travelling from the mainland, Immigration Department assistant director Simon Peh Yun-lu advised people crossing the border at times other than the 8am-10am rush hour to use the Lowu crossing to avoid long queues at the Lok Ma Chau crossing.

Mr Peh added that signs might be erected at border checkpoints to update visitors on the availability of tickets.

The park has a capacity for about 30,000 people and one-third of visitors are expected to come from the mainland.

"The Guangdong and Hong Kong governments have also agreed to a quota of 60 cross-boundary buses operating directly between the mainland and Disneyland via Lok Ma Chau," said Lo Yat-cheung, a Transport Department principal transport officer.

Assuming each bus has room for 50 passengers, the 60 daily trips to the park will only bring in 3,000 mainland visitors. There is enough parking space for about 300 such buses.

Operators expect the journey to cost between $ 80 and $ 100 each way.

"This is quite reasonable considering that the cost of travelling by rail and other public transport adds up to about $ 50 or $ 60," said Hong Kong Inbound Travel Association chairman Paul Leung Yiu-lam.

"Paying a little bit more for a faster trip by direct bus is not bad."

About 1,000 cars and 50 motorcycles will be able to park at the site. Overflow traffic will be redirected to an emergency vehicle holding ground for 800 cars next to Sunny Bay station.

Police will post nine officers to man a joint command centre at the Penny's Bay police post and patrol the area.
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Old June 26th, 2005, 06:04 PM   #173
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Disney pulls shark's fin from Hong Kong park menu
Fri Jun 24,11:23 PM ET

HONG KONG (AFP) - The Disney company has pulled shark's fin dishes from the menu of its Hong Kong theme park after pressure from environmentalists who had protested loudly against the product.

In a short statement, the company said it had decided to abandon plans to serve the controversial dish after failing to find ecologically sound suppliers.

"After careful consideration and a thorough review process, we were not able to identify an environmentally sustainable fishing source, leaving us no alternative except to remove sharks' fin soup from our wedding banquet menu," the statement read.

Activists struck up a global protest after the company said it would serve the luxury delicacy at wedding banquets at the southern Chinese territory's Disney resort, which is due to open in September.

They said Disney was failing in its corporate responsibility by promising to serve a dish they claim contributed to sharp declines in shark populations.

Environmental groups are opposed to the expensive item as the gelatinous cartilage is harvested by a process called "finning" in which the fins are hacked off and the shark thrown back into the water to die.

Disney had defended its plan saying shark's fin soup was a traditional Chinese dish and would be served in respect to cultural sensitivities.

Don Robinson, Hong Kong Disneyland's group managing director, said the company had a good environmental reputation to keep.

"Striking the right balance between cultural sensitivities and conservation has always been out goal," he said.
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Disney officials consulted feng shui experts for Hong Kong Disneyland

AP - Disney officials consulted Chinese feng shui experts before building Hong Kong Disneyland, making changes such as tilting the site of the park several degrees and setting up "no fire zones" in kitchens, a company spokeswoman said Sunday.

Feng shui is the Chinese belief that harmonious energy and therefore better fortune can be achieved by the correct positioning of furniture and other objects.

Other feng shui influences include the park's orientation to face water with mountains behind, Hong Kong Disneyland spokeswoman Esther Wong said.

The park's groundbreaking date and opening date of Sept. 12 were picked after conferring with feng shui specialists, she said.

Feng shui experts also designated "no fire zones" in the kitchens, to try to keep the five elements of metal, water, wood, fire and earth in balance.

Wong said U.S.-based Walt Disney Co. decided to observe feng shui because it wanted to defer to local custom.

"It's cultural considerations," Wong said, noting, "all the food and language in the park must follow the habits and tastes of our consumers and future guests."

Hong Kongers tend to be Westernized, but Hong Kong Disneyland is expected to draw droves of guests from neighboring mainland China.

However, Disney's cultural sensitivity drew a backlash recently. The park had planned to serve shark's fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, but dropped the dish after protests from environmentalists who expressed fears about the extinction of sharks.

Hong Kong Disneyland _ built on reclaimed land in the outlying Lantau island _ is a joint venture between The Walt Disney Co. and the Hong Kong government, but local taxpayers are footing most of the construction bill.

Critics have questioned whether the government got a good deal. Officials have said the park will boost employment and tourism.
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Huge rush for special Disney tickets
Discovery Bay residents complain of long queues and poor allocation
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Disney released 5,000 pre-opening tickets for Discovery Bay residents yesterday, triggering long queues and complaints about allocation.

Tickets for rehearsal days at the amusement park ahead of its opening on September 12 were snapped up by residents who queued for up to six hours. The district council was flooded with complaints from people who said they had not been told of the ticket sales or who were upset about long queues.

Discovery Bay resident Judy Mathews, who queued for at least four hours, said that at one point the queue had stretched from the plaza as far as the beach.

"Some people came at 6am and finally got their tickets after 12 0'clock," she said as she waited to buy tickets to attend one of four rehearsal days, planned for August 24 and 28, and September 2 and 3.

She said she had to pay for the tickets at the Discovery Bay Activity Centre but would receive them at a later date. "I really hope I don't have to queue up all over again," she said.

Islands district councillor Amy Yung Wing-sheung said she had been inundated with complaints from residents who had waited for hours for tickets or who missed out because they had not received leaflets announcing the sale.

"Quite a lot of people did not get the information. I can understand why people are upset about it," said Ms Yung, who also lives in Discovery Bay. "I think the whole arrangement is not very satisfactory and the management should have anticipated it. There should be proper planning."

HKR International sent leaflets with details of the sale to all Discovery Bay's 7,500 households on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the management company said yesterday. She said posters had also been put up throughout Discovery Bay.

The spokeswoman said the arrangements had been put in place to prevent tickets being resold.

Each household was entitled to four tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. All weekday tickets, for $198, and weekend ones, costing $230, were sold out last night.

Esther Wong Wing-han, spokeswoman for Disney Hong Kong, said the tickets had been allocated to Discovery Bay residents because "they are our good neighbours". She denied the tickets had been sold to appease residents unhappy about recent fireworks trials.

During designated rehearsal days, all rides, shows, hotels and films will operate as normal, and fireworks displays will be held.

Previous fireworks trials prompted complaints from residents, which Ms Yung passed to the Environmental Protection Department. She said she had asked Disney to suspend fireworks when air pollution levels were high.

More tickets go on sale today, for a September 4 charity day to raise money for the Community Chest.

A command centre co-ordinated by police will be set up to monitor crowd and traffic conditions at Disneyland, Commissioner for Tourism Eva Cheng Yu-wah told legislators yesterday. She said a contingency system would operate in case of emergencies.
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