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Old March 23rd, 2015, 09:45 AM   #901
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case in point the Marina Bay area in Singapore will be eventually linked with the downtown area via an extensive system of underground, at grade and elevated walkways by 2017.

it's a magnet for tourists optimal use of space , accessibilty so on.
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Old March 28th, 2015, 06:19 PM   #902
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‘Shipwreck’ dredges up delay fears
28 March 2015
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Remains of a large suspected shipwreck have been found in the sea bed off Wan Chai during dredging works for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.

The discovery, about six metres below the sea bed near the old Wan Chai Ferry Pier, was made late last year. If it is determined to be of historical significance it could prompt an investigation which would delay the project.

The Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link has an estimated total cost of HK$36 billion.

The Civil Engineering and Development Department announced the discovery yesterday, which was made during dredging works to prepare for land reclamation in Wan Chai and the tunnel works for the bypass. Further dredging and measurements taken later confirmed that the object was 40 metres long, 20 metres wide and two metres high.

“According to the initial information gathered so far, there is a possibility that the object is part of a shipwreck.

“More details and the impact on related works are subject to further investigation and assessment,” the department said in a statement.

Frogmen were examining the area yesterday.

The age and model of the ship is not yet known. Some possibilities are that the vessel could have been sabotaged during the second world war or it sank during a typhoon, local historian Cheng Po-hung said.

“Before the major reclamation works in 1964, the Wan Chai coastline lay on the present Gloucester Road. The location [where the remains were found] was part of the harbour with busy traffic,” he said.

Judging from the proximity to war-time military facilities including an arsenal, dockyard and military camps, he said the discovery could possibly be one of the British ships which were sabotaged during the 18-day Battle of Hong Kong to repel Japanese invaders.

The most famous ship scuttled at that time was the HMS Tamar, after which the area Tamar was named. Cheng added that many ships also sank in major typhoon disasters in Hong Kong in 1874, 1906 and 1937.
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hopefully it will not be a long delay
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Old April 24th, 2015, 07:03 PM   #904
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Old April 26th, 2015, 05:07 PM   #906
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It seems to me that in terms of land reclaimation there is a missing piece between the eastern side of the convention center and the new Wan Chai ferry terminal?
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It seems to me that in terms of land reclaimation there is a missing piece between the eastern side of the convention center and the new Wan Chai ferry terminal?
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 06:59 AM   #910
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Lai Chi Kok roar may be returning
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Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park, which was shut in 1997, may be restored to life this summer.

The heirs of its long-time owner-operator, Deacon Chiu Te-ken, plan to resurrect it at the Central Harbourfront for a while from next month. If all goes to plan there will be a zoo, rides and games during a run to October.

Asian elephant star Tino may also appear "in a special way," it's said, though it died in 1989 after entertaining park visitors since the 1950s. No one is saying what "special" means.

The project is slated to be run by the Chiu family, with a spokeswoman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department saying an application for a license for a temporary place of entertainment on the waterfront was received.

A spokesman the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department said an application from an organization to feature temporary amusement rides this summer is being processed.

But a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said it has not received an application for a temporary permit to exhibit live animals in Central.

Tourism sector legislator Yiu Si-wing can see the idea working as a short-term project. "People will go there to remember old times, eat and play games in booths."

The park was Hong Kong's largest theme venue when it opened in 1949.
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Brisbane shows where Hong Kong's harbourfront has gone wrong
27 April 2015
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Hong Kong's high civil service pay, we have been repeatedly told, equates to excellent public service. The unexceptional state of Victoria Harbour says otherwise. Few places have a more stunning natural asset, yet there has been little effort to turn it over to public enjoyment. The concreted walkways and pocket-sized parks that dot its shores speak of mediocrity and a lack of vision.

A recent trip to the north Australian city of Brisbane made that obvious. Built along a muddy, brown river, there are no spectacular skyline views or night-time light shows reflected on shimmering waters. Yet the city's council has in two decades turned it from a smelly, polluted waterway to a place of recreation and enjoyment. Where once there were warehouses and dockyards, there are now 20km of floating walkways and bicycle paths, riverside restaurants, parks, gardens and even a beach.

The salaries of Brisbane's lord mayor and 26 councillors are tied to those of state ministers and politicians. They are paid well by Australian standards, but fall far short of the wages of Hong Kong's chief executive and ministers; Leung Chun-ying's annual HK$4.61 million is 60 per cent more than that made annually by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk. Wages bear no correlation to making a city a pleasant place in which to live, though, if the banks of the Brisbane River are any guide.

A free ferry service makes for leisurely travel between the business and shopping district, riverside eateries and attractions and apartment complexes. I found this out from a retired property agent, who is among 200 volunteer tourist guides who proudly show off the city with free walking tours. Among the places I was taken with a fellow visitor was the Epicurious Garden, a 1,500-square-metre area of land on the river's south bank where herbs and vegetables are grown, largely by volunteers; it is essentially a kitchen garden aimed at showing how to grow food plants sustainably at home. The fresh produce is harvested and given away free from food carts.

It is part of 17.5 hectares of parkland on what had been the site of World Expo 88, cited as a transformative festival for the city. To stage the event, laws were changed that allowed for outdoor restaurants and bars that are now a popular riverfront feature. As well as Epicurious, an art gallery and performing arts complex, there's a man-made beach, grasslands, rainforest, a pagoda, giant wheel, plazas, walkways, a promenade, shops and restaurants.

The area, as with other riverside stretches, is lively and flourishing. Hong Kong's harbourfront is, by comparison, dull and desolate. Tsim Sha Tsui's Avenue of the Stars and the laser light show each evening are the crown jewels, but the unfriendly environment of concrete paving and benches doesn't encourage lingering.
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Recovering sunken ship no easy task, historian warns
23 May 2015
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Wreck in harbour thought to be Royal Navy’s Tamar could be made an exhibit on land, but only after years of conservation and salvage

It could take years for a shipwreck discovered in Victoria Harbour to be salvaged and exhibited, according to a marine historian who is certain it is the remains of HMS Tamar – the famous troopship scuttled by the British Navy during the battle for Hong Kong in the second world war.

The government issued a statement on Thursday saying the hulk “could be” the Tamar, after staying evasive on its identity for months since the announcement of the discovery on March 27.

The wreckage was found near the old Wan Chai pier during dredging for the Wan Chai reclamation area in December. The reclamation is part of the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass and the Sha Tin-Central MTR link.

The reclamation area covers 12.7 hectares, but a spokeswoman for the Civil Engineering and Development Department said work in 1.2 hectares had been suspended since the discovery, and would only resume after the “metal object” was moved about 100 metres, a step expected to completed by the end of next month.

Dr Stephen Davies, a former director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, was part of an initial research team asked to identify the wreckage. He said it was right to move the wreckage aside for now as a protective measure, and suggested it should be salvaged for public exhibition in Tamar Park, Admiralty, because of its historical significance.

“It can be turned into a nice sculpture and placed in Tamar Park. Kids can even climb on it,” he said.

But he cautioned that it would require delicate work.

“They should handle it with extreme care. It’s probably fragile now and they should make sure it’s properly supported and nothing breaks,” he said, pointing out that conservation work, including corrosive salt removal, must be completed before the wreckage is salvaged. Such a process can take years.

Noticeable corrosion and cracks were seen on the shipwreck, the department has said.

Peter Li Siu-man, of the Conservancy Association, agreed that salvaging the wreckage would be a good option. He said although in principle relics should be preserved where they are found, it would be more practical to take it out in this case.

“It can be displayed on a spot near its original position. That may even involve a realignment of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass,” he said. “Alternatively, Tamar Park is big enough to house it. But I doubt if the PLA wants to see it there.”
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Nostalgia has a value of its own
5 July 2015
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There is no shortage of entertainment in the era of hand-held gadgetry. But go back a few generations before computers and Ocean Park and Disneyland, and the best fun to be had by ordinary Hongkongers was at what was fondly known as Lai Yuen. The amusement park at Lai Chi Kok was a must-visit for all children through the 1960s and 1970s, but gradually lost its charm with the arrival of new options. Its temporary reincarnation on the Central waterfront, 18 years after the original closed, is understandably cause for nostalgic excitement for those residents who are of a certain age.

Hundreds of thousands have visited the Lai Yuen Super Summer 2015 amusement park since it opened last week. Grandparents are all a-smile as they hand bananas to grandchildren to feed a robotic elephant, selfies with models of the cartoon character Robocon are popular and as many adults as youngsters are lining up for the Spooky School haunted house, bumper cars and coin-tossing games. But despite the crowds, the attraction will close in early September after only 70 days. The government has, after all, plans for the valuable waterfront site in front of the City Hall.

It is ironic that Lai Yuen is near where the former Star Ferry and Queen’s piers were located. The piers’ demolition for land reclamation in 2007 sparked fresh interest in heritage conservation and raised the need to preserve certain sites for the sake of collective memory. That is in large part what Lai Yuen is about; although rundown and dilapidated when it closed in 1997, it is the memories it evokes that makes it so special for some people. Those feelings come flooding back when again seeing the rides and games.
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TST waterfront revamp meets with strong opposition
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Industry's zeal for project fails to dampen concerns of some residents and businesses

A revamp proposal to upgrade the Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) waterfront area centering on the Avenue of Stars has met with strong opposition from various stakeholders in the neighborhood - but has been welcomed by the tourism industry.

The project, if approved by the city's Town Planning Board (TPB), will require the area to be closed for three years during construction. This means one of the town's top tourist attractions and dating sites would be inaccessible until late 2018.

The TPB received 337 letters in July from people in the consultation expressing opposition to the project. Petitioners mainly called for more precise evaluations of the project before any work starts.

Luxury five-star hotel Kowloon Shangri-La, located next to the construction site, expressed some of the greatest opposition. It "strongly opposes" the construction of an exhibition venue and an observation deck opposite the Tsim Sha Tsui Centre as the facilities might block the sea view from some of its guest rooms. Some parts of the construction sites may even affect the privacy of the guests, it argued.

Shop owners also filed objections. Sino Property Services, which manages both the Tsim Sha Tsui Centre and the Empire Centre, said its business would be hit hard by closure of the waterfront area in the next three years. It said it was "very disappointing" that as a stakeholder it was not properly consulted during the consultation period.

Local residents union the Tsim Sha Tsui Residents Concern Group urged the TPB to assess environmental damage to the area. This includes the cutting or transplanting of over 100 trees there. They also worried about the potential traffic burden caused by the new attractions.
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