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Balancing commercial interests before preserving heritage

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(Do you mean commercial interests weight more than heritage preservation? I don't think that was what Mong said in the GA meeting. Your title could mislead your readers into thinking so. What is the milestone of Hong Kong in its development that Mong has agreed to? The west Kowloon cultural project? Or are you just talking development in a general sense? Hong Kong's scarcity of land resource might create "pressure" in its land supply policy but here I think what you mean is "Hong Kong's land is precious". You should elaborate a little bit more on the fruit bats story because it is the exemplar of the most important message in your article.)

Balancing commercial interests before preserving heritage--105065 2013年3月5日 (二) 17:46 (UTC)

Parran Lau

(5 March 2013)The executive director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Alice Mong, said that the conservation of Hong Kong heritage should strike a balance between commercial and non-commercial interests in a talk at Shue Yan University today.

Mong agreed that is a milestone in Hong Kong for its city's development. She, however, believes the government also has to balance its budget in its development plans, say turning historical sites for commercial uses.

"Hong Kong's land is so pressure," said Mong, adding that it was up to the government to choose what kind of heritage it wanted to preserve because a person's thought of heritage may not be the same as that of another person. Yet, she doubted whether it was right if everything slants towards commercial.

To Mong, heritage does not equal museum or old buildings. She said it could also be about tree, animal and the like. She especially enjoys the walking trails in countryside - the green heritage in Hong Kong.

Mong disclosed that the design of a bridge in the center where she works was planned so well that the habitat of fruit bats could be preserved even after the construction work.

"Heritage is anything that each has its great story to tell," she said.

Mong recalled her memory to 2002, the year when she left Hong Kong for New York and started her new work there. She said that she love the old pier in Central where she could board a ferry to the Cultural Centre situated on the other side of Victoria Harbour. Now the ferry pier is relocated, Mong said she had to walk for nearly half an hour to catch the ferry.

Regarding to the West Kowloon Cultural District, a site which is under construction aiming at providing more arts and cultural facilities, Mong hoped the district would become a successful cultural venue and citizens would be able to enjoy events, such as concerns, there for free.

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