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Hong Kong Island

---Victoria Harbour

---Pokfulam / Route 7
---Pokfulam / Sandy Bay

---Aberdeen Harbour


- Lantau North
---Macau Bridge
---Lantau East - Route 10

- Lantau South
---Hei Ling Chau Prison

New Territories

---Sham Tseng
(Castle Peak Road)

---Shekou Bridge

---Tseung Kwan O
(formerly Junk Bay - proposed Western Coast Road)

Lamma Island
--- Yung Shue Wan

--- Kai Tak Redevelopment


Every time we raise awareness - we succeed


May - "Future of Central in the balance"

Three 70-storey towers providing 5.4 million square feet of office space could be built on a podium at the site of the Central Government Offices if the land goes into private hands and is developed to its full potential, harbour activists warn.

John Bowden, chairman of Save Our Shorelines, said the city would either have a three-tower development on Lower Albert Road that would be taller than The Peak, or four 50-storey towers which would create a wall effect, altering air flow and blocking the views of Mid-Levels residents.

He described the group's estimate as conservative, since developers could easily boost density by increasing the plot ratio.

'The [Central Government Offices] site is currently covered to less than 10 per cent of its potential,' Mr Bowden said, adding that the site had no height restriction, while ridge-line protection was non-binding. Ridge-line protection refers to the recommendation that views to the ridges and peaks be partly building-free.

Officials have so far refused to discuss the future of the site if the government moves its headquarters to Tamar. However, officials suggested last summer that selling the site would cover Tamar's development cost.

The harbour group believed a podium would likely be built in any office tower development because it would create retail rental space.

According to a government-commissioned report on the development potential of the offices' West Wing, released two months ago, there was retail potential if the site was used for commercial purposes. The report also said it was possible for developers to increase the site's density and plot ratio.

'It is traditional for developers to seek to maximise the gross floor area and the plot ratio through the dedication of ground floor areas to public use and as a result, secure an increase in the gross floor area equivalent to five times the amount dedicated,' the report said.

The fung shui at the Central Government Offices is far better than at the Tamar site and moving the headquarters to a spot with poor fung shui could dent people's confidence in the government, a report by activist group Save Our Shorelines says. The report was based on questions relating to the relocation of the government's headquarters to the Tamar site.

It warns that moving the headquarters to Tamar and selling the Central Government Offices' land to the private sector may create public uncertainty in governance.

'The Government Hill represents the classic geomantic form with the government [offices] and Government House centrally located on a prominent rise with a mountain behind, a green dragon [the Flagstaff House Museum of Teaware] in the east and a white tiger [the Central Police Station] in the west and the curve of the bay below,' it says.

But Tamar was on reclaimed land, which was 'unstable' in fung shui terms and had none of the natural supporting elements.

This is an edited version of articles by Chloe Lai which appeared in the South China Morning Post on May 20, 2006



September - "Save the Harbour, implement road pricing first"

Attended and gave our positive views at the "Expert Panel Forum on Sustainable Transport Planning and Central - Wan Chai Bypass" hosted by the Harbourfront Enhancement Committee. Promoted "Save the Harbour, implement road pricing first"

September 2004 - August 2005 - "Any coastal road tunnel can be built underwater without reclamation"

Made a presentation to the Town Planning Board that helped establish that any coastal road tunnel can be built underwater, protecting the natural shoreline. Reclamation is not necessary. Though our recommendation to build the tunnel underwater at CRIII was not accepted, it is clear now that in the future this option must be presented to the public first, in order to meet the Harbour Protection Ordinance.

February/March - "Save the Harbour, implement road pricing first"

Attended many of the public forums of the Harbour Front Enhancement Committee promoting the message "Save the Harbour, implement road pricing first"

All year - "Wind turbines and the shoreline"

Attended workshops given by CLP on their proposed placement of a wind turbine required by the Government.



Contributed our objection to the reclamation plan of Hei Ling Chau Island to build a super prison.



"Shorelines - Hong Kong's Hidden Heritage"

a book describing the need to establish a shoreline authority to identify correct uses and prevent misuse of our Shorelines.

Buy a copy (HK $100)


Made a presentation at LegCo objection to Route 4 (formerly Route 7)


Signature campaign at Queen's Pier to stop CRIII reclamation



Objected to Central Reclamation Phase III and Wanchai Development Phase II at LegCo


Sent proposals to the Western Coastal Road project establishing that if "free flow" tolling was established in Hong Kong, there would be no need for a massive reclamation project for a toll plaza for that road and tunnel.



Presentation to LegCo - Shenzhen Western Corridor, Deep Bay Link and Route 10


Successfully objected to the road Route 4 (originally named Route 7) that would destroy the natural shoreline from Kennedy Town to Aberdeen. Strongly promoted a rail system instead.


Objected to the building of Route 10, which would destroy the shoreline and not solve any traffic problems.