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Why Hongkongers don’t trust the gov’t to save their history from the bulldozers

Our tone-deaf government finally heard the voice of the people and Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor wants the century-old underground service reservoir in Shek Kip Mei preserved for public enjoyment. But if she and her administration think this alone will calm the disillusioned public and end the city’s longstanding heritage controversy, they’re wrong.  Ten […]

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In Pictures: Demonstrations and demolition – 10 years since the Queen’s Pier was pulled down

Ten years ago, Hong Kong’s Queen’s Pier was closed to facilitate land reclamation in Central. When the government’s plans to demolish the colonial relic were announced, they sparked a series of protests that some believe marked the birth of the the post-80s and heritage conservation movements, catapulting activists such as Eddie Chu and Ho Loy to […]

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State Theatre is saved – but the real test for Hong Kong’s heritage conservation is still to come

One of Hong Kong’s largest developers has announced it will restore rather than demolish the 68-year-old State Theatre after a five-year community-led campaign focused on preserving the building.  The cinema in North Point opened as the Empire Theatre in 1952, 10 years before City Hall in Central, and was renamed the State Theatre in 1959. Under […]

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Reconstructing Queen’s Pier at original spot ‘unrealistic’, says Sec. for Development

Reconstructing the Queen’s Pier at its original location is an “unrealistic” option, Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po has said. But he also said that the placement of the pier has yet to be confirmed. The three plans proposed by the Development Bureau all suggested that the pier – dismantled in 2007 – could be restored between Piers 9 […]

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Interview: Veteran ‘post-80s’ activist Yip Po-lam looks back on a decade of social movements in Hong Kong

These days, many young people in their late teens or early 20s may cite the 2012 anti-national education demonstrations or the 2014 Occupy protests as their moment of political enlightenment, with activists such as Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow at the forefront. But a decade ago, it was a wave of resistance against the government that […]

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Conservation groups urge gov’t to reconstruct Queen’s Pier at original spot

Conservation groups have urged the government to reconstruct the Queen’s Pier at its original location, as a consultation on restoring the pier continues. The three plans proposed by the Development Bureau all suggested the pier – dismantled in 2007 – could be restored between Pier 9 and 10 in Central, about 750 metres from the original location next […]

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Proposals to restore Queen’s Pier to cost between HK$230 and HK$303M – officials

The government’s Development Bureau has unveiled the potential costs for restoring the Queen’s Pier – which was dismantled in 2007 despite protests. The three proposals are set to cost between HK$230 million and HK$303 million. The bureau’s Principal Assistant Secretary Christine Au Wing-yan attended a Central and Western District Council meeting on Thursday presenting the costs. The plans were revealed at a Harbourfront Commission […]