Conservation: Ho Tung Gardens' Recent Crisis

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  • Ho Tung Gardens was given grade one in a historic sites list.

    Ho Tung Gardens was given grade one in a historic sites list.
    Members of the public were being asked to give their own grading to more than 1,400 historic sites on a list put forward by the Antiquities Advisory Board. Ho Tung Gardens, a previously ungraded site was given grade one in the list. Other sites include historic buildings and structures in Kat Hing Wai, a walled village in Yuen Long; the rickshaw parking space on Kennedy Road; Pottinger Street and Ladder Street in Central; the Cenotaph at Statue Square in Central, etc.
  • Ngotiation between government and owner of the gardens failed.

    Ngotiation between government and owner of the gardens failed.
    Since mid 2010, the Development Bureau failed in negotiating with the owner of Ho Tung Gardens. They also found that the owner of the gardens had applied for reconstruction of the gardens. The demolition plan and building plan had been approved by the Building Department. The gardens could be demolished once the owner gets consent to commence demolition.
  • Ho Tung Gardens' Grade 1 was confirmed.

    Ho Tung Gardens' Grade 1 was confirmed.
    Ho Tung Gardens' Grade 1 was confirmed. The gardens was declared as a proposed monument, which meant reconstruction and demolition were banned for 12 months.
  • The Secretary for Development declared Ho Tung Gardens as a proposed monument.

    The Secretary for Development, Mrs. Carrie Lam, in her capacity as the Antiquities Authority declared Ho Tung Gardens at 75 Peak Road as a proposed monument under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance (Chapter 53).
  • The Secretary for Development said negotiation with the gardens owner was "very difficult" and "have no confidence on making it".

    The Secretary for Development said negotiation with the gardens owner was "very difficult" and "have no confidence on making it".
    The Secretary for Development, Mrs. Carrie Lam, said negotiation with the gardens owner was still continued. But she admitted that the talks were "very difficult" and "have no confidence on making it".
  • Heritage Hong Kong set a webpage for consulting public opinions on Ho Tung Gardens conservation.

    Heritage Hong Kong set a webpage for consulting public opinions on Ho Tung Gardens conservation.
    Heritage Hong Kong, a local foundation for cultural heritage, set a webpage for consulting public opinions on Ho Tung Gardens conservation. A representative from the foundation said a report could be finished based on the opinions collected in the webpage.
  • Antiquities Advisory Board introduced findings of the consultancy studies on the historical and architectural values of Ho Tung Gardens.

    Antiquities Advisory Board introduced findings of the consultancy studies on the historical and architectural values of Ho Tung Gardens.
    Antiquities Advisory Board introduced findings of the consultancy studies commissioned by the Antiquities and Monuments Office on the historical and architectural values of Ho Tung Gardens. According to the consultants, Ho Tung Gardens is of high historical and architectural value.
  • The Secretary for Development intends to declare Ho Tung Gardens a monument

    The Secretary for Development intends to declare Ho Tung Gardens a monument
    The Secretary for Development, Mrs. Carrie Lam, in her capacity as the Antiquities Authority, intends to declare Ho Tung Gardens at 75 Peak Road a monument under the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance.
  • The Secretary for Development put forward a land swap proposal.

    The Secretary for Development put forward a land swap proposal.
    The Secretary for Development, Mrs. Carrie Lam, said using money for conservation was difficult, so the government put forward a land swap proposal. She added the land might be used to exchange would be one that the government didn't plan to sell separately.
  • Owner of the gardens and Ho Tung's granddaughter broke her silence for the first time, and said she opposed the government's declaration on the gardens as a monument.

    Owner of the gardens and Ho Tung's granddaughter broke her silence for the first time, and said she opposed the government's declaration on the gardens as a monument.
    Ho Min-kwan, owner of the gardens and Ho Tung's granddaughter broke her silence for the first time, and said she opposed the government's declaration on the gardens as a monument. She said: "I am not a real estate business, but owners, Ho Tung Gardens is my home." She added that the gardens was very important for her, and could not bear to lose it.
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