Xian, Hong Kong tourism

28 Mar

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Xian City Wall, which surrounds the entire central downtown core and span 13.7 kilometers.

Xian is going to begin major multibillion-dollar renovation of an ancient district to attract more tourism. This sounds good because the city is ripe with so much history. As the former capital of China during the Tang Dynasty and several other dynasties, it’s got much more than just the terracotta warriors.

The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is profiled in the NY Times here. Formerly located at Stanley, on the south side of Hong Kong Island adjacent to the sea, the museum has been revamped and is now in Central, right at the edge of Victoria Harbor.

The South China Morning Post has a cool diagram of the Kowloon Walled City, a notorious massive fortress-like residential complex that was completely razed in the mid-90s. It was cramped, crime-ridden, squalid, and literally lawless (the police did not have jurisdiction over it, and housing and sanitation regulations did not apply) but apparently beloved by its residents. The authorities built a public garden park on the site of the Walled City, with remnants of old buildings and a historic gate preserved for display. The garden is nice, but it’s a pity they couldn’t have left more of the structure intact.

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The Kowloon Walled City park.

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2 Responses to “Xian, Hong Kong tourism”

  1. Mike's PhoBlography March 29, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    Zhuzhe’s article in China Daily, to which you refer, about Xi’an’s relics park project makes one wonder whether a 75 square kilometer park is a practical use of farmland and homes to about 100,000 people.

    • hcyip April 6, 2013 at 9:12 am #

      I’m not familiar with that area but yes,that is a tremendous amount of people to be displaced. Perhaps the historical park doesn’t need to be so big, but that’s how many projects (tourism or commercial) are done. The government seems to have the relocation of residents as a priority, and I hope the promises made will be honored.

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