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Old March 5th, 2016, 12:14 PM   #941
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i really wish to see more greenery, trees and public spaces for ppl to enjoy.
never been to HK, have you
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Old March 8th, 2016, 05:52 PM   #942
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Old March 10th, 2016, 02:48 PM   #943
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CY dives in with Central swimming vision
March 9, 2016


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Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying wants office workers to enjoy time out, so he is proposing a swimming platform on the Central waterfront.

His idea was given an immediate thumbs down by experts because of the harbor's filthy water, though writing in his blog yesterday Leung had claimed local waters have "leisure and athletic values" and the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme means the sea can be used for water-friendly activities.

In pointing to a modern facility on the waterfront near the International Finance Centre in Central, Leung said "one would be able to swim for 20 minutes after lunch" - apparently forgetting swimming on a full stomach is dangerous.

But swimming would be a good alternative to going to the gym, he said.

Apart from swimming, Leung also suggested people could go fishing, following on from the idea of three angling zones that he mentioned in his 2016 policy address.

"After having a simple meal during lunch hour, for the remaining 45 minutes office workers in Central could sit by the shore and fish," Leung said. "It is a very good way to relax."

He said the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will have the three angling zones set up as early as next year, taking in Tsing Yi, Tai Po and the Central waterfront. The zones will have shelters and chairs and other facilities.

Harbourfront Commission member Paul Zimmerman thought Leung's idea about swimming is creative but not feasible, and harbor traffic and poor water quality would make it doubly unsafe off Central.

He added that Victoria Harbour's waters are so poor it could take 10 to 20 years to improve conditions and make it safe for swimming.

That would also require much hard work, Zimmerman added, such as stopping people from pouring sewage into the harbor.

Zimmerman was also put out that such ideas were being floated without the Harbourfront Commission being informed.

There was more gloomy readings on Leung's thinking from Chan King-ming, director of the environmental science program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong's School of Life Sciences.

Victoria Harbour's water quality "is not suitable for swimming," he said. The water near Western is cleaner, he added, "but the current is strong there."

He added that water quality required for swimming is high, with hazards such as E.coli and salmonella to be faced.
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Old March 18th, 2016, 03:05 PM   #944
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Design options for Queen's Pier ready for review
10 March 2016
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Nearly nine years after the controversial demolition of the historical Queen's Pier, the government has unveiled three options to resurrect the site in Central with plans to start as early as this year.

But rebuilding the pier consistent with the architectural styles of two nearby piers was still under discussion, according to a document recently released by the Central and Western District Council.

In a study conducted by the Planning Department in 2007, the government decided to reassemble the pier, which was originally located in front of City Hall and demolished in 2008 at the waterfront area between Pier 9 and Pier 10 in Central. The study was followed by extensive government consultations.

Three proposals were being considered. One option was to replace the cambered roofs atop Piers 9 and 10 with pitched roofs to be consistent with the resurrected Queen's Pier. This would mean disassembling both cambered roofs, which were assembled in 2007 and made of glass. The cost could be HK$55 million.

Another option was to establish a new entry for Piers 9 and 10 to distinguish them from Queen's Pier, placing a glass roof atop the resurrected pier to link it to the other two.

A third option was to do minor construction on existing covered walkways near the piers.

Dating to 1925, the site served as a public pier and a place of high-profile ceremony for the arrival and departure of Hong Kong's governors before the government decided to close it for land reclamation in 2007.

The controversial demolition of Queen's Pier drew strong opposition from the public. The government's subsequent attempt to resurrect the pier at the new waterfront instead of at its original location also sparked criticism.

After the demolition, the government preserved a few of the pier's disassembled parts in a Kau Shat Wan explosives warehouse on Lantau Island.

Were a plan to be approved by the Town Planning Board, the government would apply for funding from the Legislative Council at the end of this year. If that were to happen, rebuilding could start this autumn and finish in around two years.
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Hold that construction: Hong Kong officials to halt works in Wan Chai for Zhang Dejiang’s visit
Security cited as police to deploy 6,000 officers daily to protect state leader
13 May 2016
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Construction work in Wan Chai will be suspended for four days next week as part of security measures officials deem necessary for state leader Zhang Dejiang’s three-day visit to Hong Kong.

The Central-Wan Chai Bypass and Sha Tin to Central Link construction sites are located near the Convention and Exhibition Centre – where Zhang is to deliver a keynote speech at the Belt and Road Summit – and the Grand Hyatt, where he is booked to stay from May 17 to 19.

The Highways Department confirmed that construction work on the bypass from east of Lung Wo Road to west of new Wan Chai Ferry Pier, as well as work on the Sha Tin to Central Link north of Wan Chai from east of Lung Wo Road to the former Wan Chai North bus terminus, would be suspended from next Monday to Thursday as requested by police.

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said all operations planned by the police were carried out after being deemed necessary.

“The summit will be attended not only by a state leader, but also by visitors from all over the world,” Lai said. “The police must adopt all necessary measures to ensure participants’ safety and a smoothly run conference.”
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Giant water slide in heart of Hong Kong meant to help halt slipping tourist figures
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Hongkongers bracing for the sweltering summer months might take solace in the news that a giant water slide will be installed along Victoria Harbour in two months' time.

Returning to the city for a second consecutive year, the 10-metre-tall slide is to be installed at Central Harbourfront Event Space from August 24 to 29, with organisers expecting high numbers of both tourists and local residents to flock to the attraction.

Tourist arrivals in the city were down 8.8 per cent in the first four months of this year compared with the same period last year. Authorities have sought to entice visitors with more programmes.

It is the second time Hong Kong has played host to Slide the City, which last year was assembled at Kai Tak terminal, the former site of the city's airport. The US-based initiative has toured 200 cities worldwide since it launched in 2013.
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 08:30 AM   #952
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great pics

are there any specific plans to make use of the reclaimed land along the waterfront?
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are there any specific plans to make use of the reclaimed land along the waterfront?
It will mostly be parkland with a highway underneath.
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i assume the waterfront will be accesible via elevated walkways from the hinterland?

I mean along its entire length.
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This map should give you a better idea of the network of elevatd walkways near the central promenade

http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/325....2851/114.1568
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i assume the waterfront will be accesible via elevated walkways from the hinterland?

I mean along its entire length.
No. You can cross the street at various points. There are crosswalks in place already.
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Scale it up: Calls for planned fishing zone to be even bigger
28 July 2016
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Facilities for city's anglers near Tamar Park scheduled to open in March, costing HK$3.5m

The government's plan to use 200 square metres of Central Promenade to build a fishing zone should be widened, two members of a panel assessing the harbour's development said yesterday.

Their comments came a day after the Leisure and Cultural *Services *Department handed a detailed plan to Central and Western District Council for a trial scheme first mooted by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his policy address in January.

The zone in *Central will open to the public in March next year. It is at the tip of Tamar Park in Admiralty, north of the Legislative Council complex.

Workers will start installing it in October at a cost of around HK$3.5 million, with planned running costs of around HK$900,000 per year. It will have tables, wash basins and storage.

The government will make similar zones in Tsing Yi and at Pak Shek Kok Promenade, Tai Po.

But members of the Harbourfront Commission, a body *supported by the government to oversee planning, development and management of Victoria *Harbour, expressed doubts over the plan's efficacy.

Commission member Ivan Ho Man-yiu, an architect with the Hong Kong Institute of Urban *Design, said the zone should be extended. Speaking on RTHK yesterday, Ho said he supported the pilot scheme but asked: "Is it possible to have these kinds of facilities in other parts of the *harbourfront?
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New land is being claimed in Hong Kong all the time - I wonder if they will connect both sides of the water one day? View from my hotel room! #hongkong #kowloonbay #kowloon #wanchai #wanchaihk #wanchaipier #wanchaiferry by Felix Gottwald, on Flickr
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