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Old December 24th, 2006, 03:20 PM   #201
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I respect very much what's Messrs hkskyline explained, however as a responsible gov't I still wonder if the following critical issues are not tackled with satisfactory or tangible intention and committment:

1. Sustainable development of our economy, what's the gov't explained that we are suffering in economic restructuring is not substantiable.

2. Singapore, our usual competitor, is recently achieved successness on the development of her virginland of Marina Bay as well as redevelopment of Sentosa, what hk intents and commits to react? Should our gov't or governer just focus on tackling the street's roam or political noise? Pls accept it is a gobally standard that citizen is responsible to oversee her gov't!

3. As a young professional in HK, I really cannot locat adequate security on my future. I am not asking for assistance, however our environment is not sound enough for our continuous accomplishment.
Here are my thoughts on your points :

1. Sustainable development hasn't effectively been implemented by the government. The movement is still very new and small. For example, on the software side, they should educate people to recycle, then provide the hardware support.

2. Hong Kong's harbourfront redevelopment was not intended to be a response to any other city's development. Kai Tak was destined to close long beforehand, but since the land is contaminated, it cannot be resurrected right after the airport closed. The Central-Wanchai reclamation was designed to relieve traffic, then to make it appealing to the public, the park was added on top. Then the sustainable movement came and the government tried to mask the highway as a sustainable development project offering a continuous harbourfront parkade to Hong Kongers. The reason why there was so much squabbling over the reclamation size was because of the underground highway's design.

3. As the foundations of the next generation of Hong Kong's development, we need to make our voices heard. Our collective voice will be heard, and Hong Kongers are beginning to notice and worry much more than what's in our wallets.

I believe you, like many of us Hong Kongers in this forum, are very concerned about our home. That's a very good sign. We just have to move forward from there.
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Old March 16th, 2007, 07:14 PM   #202
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Hong Kong calls for Kai Tak terminal bids
16 March 2007
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Hong Kong authorities are set to call for tenders to build a new cruise terminal on the site of the former Kai Tak airport runway this year, writes Sandra Speares in Miami.

It will have capacity to handle two 220,000 gt cruise vessels of 360 m LOA, 47 m beam and 10 m draught, said Au King-Chi, commissioner for tourism for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

She told delegates at the Seatrade convention in Miami that all all bids would be assessed on their merits and not on the basis of where they came from.

Bids close early next year, with the successful contractor allowed to operate the terminal for a 50-year period and determine fees and charges.

Hong Kong ranked number one as a city destination, Ms Au said, and received more than 25m visitors last year, 8% up on the previous year’s figures. More than half were from mainland China.

The territory offered many benefits for the cruise industry including easy navigational access, the ability to accommodate the largest ships and easy access to tourist attractions.

It had received upwards of 2,000 cruise calls in the past two years, with passenger throughput of 2m, more than double 1999 figures.

Hong Kong offered a gateway to the Chinese mainland, Ms Au said. China received 22m international tourists last year, 14% of whom visited Hong Kong first.

Kong Ling Jin, associate vice-president inbound at the China International Travel Service, said port authorities on the Chinese mainland had started to invest heavily in cruise with new terminals planned at Xiamen, Shanghai and Sanya.

Terminal upgrades are planned for Tianjin and Dalian, while Qingdao aims to vert the sailing facilities to a cruise terminal after the Olympic Games next year.

Royal Caribbean’s Rhap- sody of the Seas was scheduled to make Shanghai its home port from next year, Mr Kong said, and Costa Allegra was already homeporting there.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 07:05 PM   #203
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DAB pushes for greener Kai Tak
Hong Kong Standard
Thursday, April 26, 2007

A more "spacious and greener" Kai Tak redevelopment than the one the government has in mind is being proposed by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

The draft of the Kai Tak redevelopment plan is scheduled to be submitted to the Executive Council for approval in October.

Explaining the DAB's blueprint at the party's headquarters Wednesday, DAB legislator Chan Kam-lam said there was room for improvement in the government's plan, which was announced last year.

The party's latest proposal calls for the square around the Kai Tak station on the planned Sha Tin-Central railway line to be enlarged to 20 to 30 hectares, about 1 times the size of Victoria Park.

The government's original proposal was for seven hectares.

"By creating a larger green area closer to San Po Kong, residents of the ensuing areas would be able to get there in just five to 10 minutes of walking, greatly enhancing accessibility," said Chan, who added that the proposal remained a suggestion and consequently did not have a specific green area ratio.

Another major difference between the DAB proposal and that of the government is the height of the planned government complex.

Instead of building a few 30-story buildings, the DAB proposes low- density offices of no more than four stories.

"This would, in reality, bring the government's proposals closer to the public's aspirations, since the complex would become more usable," said architect Philip Liao Yi-kung, who helped the DAB draw up the plan.

Chan added that commercial blocks originally planned between the station and San Po Kong would be repositioned further away from the existing high- rises to avoid blocking wind flow and worsening air pollution.

Chan admitted that the inaccessibility of the far end of Kai Tak runway is a natural problem that is difficult to resolve.

He also urged the government to build a bridge linking the runway to Kwun Tong.

"We don't want to see the new recreational facilities isolated like Chater Garden in Central, where no one goes after dark," Chan said.

Compared with the government's plan, the plot ratios and costs incurred in developing the area according to the party's proposal remained relatively the same, according to Chan.

He said the proposal would be formally introduced to the Town Planning Board May 4.

"We surely hope the proposal will be considered [by the board] seriously and we fully support building the tourist area as soon as possible," Chan said.

The Town Planning Board gazetted the new draft Kai Tak Outline Zoning Plan - what it termed a hub of heritage, greenery, sports and tourism - last November after extensive public consultation.

The plan, which covers more than 300 hectares, includes the building of a cruise terminal that could involve construction costs of up to HK$2.4 billion but reap a profit of HK$2 billion a year.
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Old May 4th, 2007, 07:40 PM   #204
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城 規 會 收 緊 舊 機 場 跑 道 觀 景 台 高 度 限 制
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城 規 會 接 納 規 劃 署 建 議 , 將 啟 德 分 區 發 展 圖 中 , 在 舊 機 場 跑 道 尾 的 觀 景 台 高 度 限 制 , 由 200 米 改 為 100 米 。

有 關 改 動 , 是 回 應 居 民 團 體 , 擔 心 觀 景 台 過 高 , 做 成屏 風 效 應 。 另 外 , 城 規 會 亦 同 意 在 啟 德 規 劃 中 , 加 入 行 人 天 橋 , 連 接 九 龍 城 和 沙 中線 的 啟 德 站 。
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Old May 6th, 2007, 07:15 PM   #205
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城規會通過限制啟德規劃區建築物高度,倘超逾百米需獲得批准
05月 04日 星期五 03:27PM

《經濟通專訊》城規會今日(4日)舉行會議,規劃專員余賜堅表示,會修改現有的大綱圖,刪除設有觀景台建築物的200米高度限制,並規定如高度超過100米,需要獲得城規會的批准。

啟德發展民間聯席召集人陳婉嫻認為,除了限制高度,亦應將有關建築物的地積比率控制於三至四倍。

另外,有公眾意見反對興建直昇機場,會為附近居民帶來噪音,余賜堅回應指,會作可行性研究,確保噪音水平符合標準。
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Old May 12th, 2007, 06:01 AM   #208
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Draft Kai Tak Zoning Plan
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Kai Tak heliport plan opposed
5 May 2007
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A plan to build a heliport on the waterfront of the future Kai Tak development area has been criticised because it would deprive residents of the rights to enjoy Victoria Harbour.

The opposition was raised at a Town Planning Board hearing yesterday at which concern groups were invited to express their views on the development of the former airport site.

The government plans to turn the area into a commercial, tourism and residential complex.

According to latest plans, there will be hotels near the southern end of the old runway, a heliport serving the Pearl River Delta and a cruise ship terminal with at least two berths.

The other end of the runway will be dominated by a multipurpose stadium and low-density commercial and residential developments. A monorail may serve the area.

Lawmaker Chan Yuen-han, also a convenor of the Joint Concern Group on Kai Tak Development, said: "The Kai Tak waterfront belongs to the people. The government should not restrict the access to it to a small group of travellers."

Ms Chan urged the board to move the heliport to the roof of the future cruise terminal. Her group also urged the board to cap the plot ratio - the floor area of the buildings divided by the area of the site - at three to four, instead of the proposed five.

She said this could limit the density of the blocks and their heights to avoid a so-called "wall effect", which could worsen air circulation.

Planning Department district planning officer Eric Yue Chi-kin said buildings taller than 100 metres would need approval of the board.

The Economic Development and Labour Bureau said the location of the proposed heliport had been carefully chosen to avoid it being too close to residential areas.

At yesterday's meeting, the Real Estate Developers Association also urged the government to include more residential sites in the Kai Tak area. But the Planning Department said it wanted to set aside more land for commercial use. The government has been studying ways to develop the Kai Tak site since the airport moved to Chek Lap Kok in 1998.
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Old May 20th, 2007, 06:24 AM   #210
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啟德建郵輪碼頭需挖泥
20/05/2007
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Old May 27th, 2007, 05:14 PM   #211
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Does anyone have information about what has/will happen to Checkerboard Hill ?
Is the checkerboard still there ?

Is it possible to visit the checkerboard ?
I've seen some awesome videos taken from the checkerboard back in the days when Kai Tak was still in use.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 09:33 PM   #212
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It's grey now.
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Old May 27th, 2007, 09:36 PM   #213
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The ultimate challenge for pilots















A bad luck Taiwan pilot



Concorde landing at Kai Tak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBtLix4xqdI&NR=1

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Old May 28th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #215
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Concorde landing at Kai Tak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBtLix4xqdI&NR=1
Fantastic

I can just imagine that final pilot saying "oops".
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Very lucky day for the pilot. It just slipped.
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KAI TAK was one of the most spectucular airports in the world.It was very dangerous to land there.Pilots needed there a special training licence to land in KAI TAK.
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Old May 29th, 2007, 04:41 PM   #218
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBtLix4xqdI&NR=1
wow.... I look like nice picture but I afraid....
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Old May 29th, 2007, 07:19 PM   #219
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The area near Kai Tak is under large scale re-development.
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