Hong Kong mourns as shrinking harbour gives way to development – Vaudine Englande
From The Guardian:
Hong Kong’s harbour is why Hong Kong exists – its protected deep waters, ringed by the rock of Hong Kong island and the Kowloon peninsula, have offered haven and passage to world shipping for more than 160 years.
But at midnight on Saturday, the clock tower on the Star Ferry pier in Central, the main business and shopping hub on Hong Kong island, tolled its last chimes.
The pier, and its neighbour, Queen’s Pier, are now closed. For the third time in its history, the pier is being moved further out into the ever-shrinking harbour, to make way for highways and shopping malls. It is the latest stage in a process of land reclamation that has encroached on the harbour, virtually halving the distance between Kowloon and Hong Kong island. [Full text]