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Visit to URA Revitalisation Project at Mallory Street and Burrows Street on 16 September 2013
The Urban Renewal Authority (URA) invited Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) to visit their revitalisation project at Mallory Street and Burrows Street, Wan Chai on 16 September 2013. The revitalisation project is the first pure preservation cum revitalisation project of the URA since its set up in 2001, this is also the first project designed to promote cultural and creative industries. The project comprises ten Grade 2 historic buildings built in the 1910s adaptively reused and revitalised for cultural and commercial use.
Briefing on the re-vitalisation project
Members visited the roof of the historic building
Representatives of Urban Renewal Authority briefed Members on the shopfront design
Entrance of the historic building
The footbridge connecting two historic buildings
A preserved masonry wall inside the historic building
From March to June 2014, Public Programmes launched by Antiquities Advisory Board (AAB) for the Policy Review on the Conservation of Built Heritage
To prepare for the launch of the consultation document, the AAB launched a series of programmes for raising public awareness on heritage conservation issues. The public awareness raising programmes include ―
  • Roving Exhibition on "Respecting Our Heritage While Looking Ahead: Conservation of Built Heritage" (13 March to 31 May 2014)
    AAB held the roving exhibition at Kwai Tsing Theatre, Immigration Tower, Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Yuen Long Theatre, Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, Tuen Mun Public Library and Queensway Government Offices respectively. It introduced the monument declaration and grading systems and featured the existing built heritage conservation policies.

    Roving Exhibition

  • Public Lectures in Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, Kowloon Park, Haiphong Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
    Item No. Date Topic Speaker
    1. 12 April 2014 Public Housing Block to Hostel: Revitalization of Mei Ho House Ms. Iris Tsang, CEO of Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association
    2. 26 April 2014 Appreciation of Chinese Traditional Architecture Mr. Raymond Wong, Lecturer, Division of Building Science and Technology, College of Science and Engineering, City University of Hong Kong
    3. 17 May 2014 The Story of Ping Shan Dr. Au Chi Kin, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Hong Kong Shue Yan University
    4. 24 May 2014 A Wander into local Wonders – The Restoration of Hong Kong Ancestral Halls Mr. Henry Lo, Associate Director, Centre of Architectural Heritage Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    5. 28 June 2014 Elegant Buildings in Old Central Ir. Ma Koon Yiu, Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong
  • Workshops introducing the aesthetics of built heritage style and exploring the city's architectural marvels, include "Western-style Built Heritage Patterns on Easter Eggs" Workshop (13 April 2014), "Comics X Built Heritage" Workshop (19 April 2014), "Paper Model Making of the Former Whitfield Barracks" Workshop (7 June 2014) and "Chinese Buildings Sparkle on Card" Workshop (7 June 2014). In collaboration with the Comix Home Base, young comics and illustration talents were invited to conduct the "Comics X Built Heritage" Workshop for secondary school students to conduct educational and creative comics/illustration of historic buildings.


  • In Search of Declared Monuments – Snapshot Collection Activity
    (June 2014)

    The activity aims to raise the awareness of participants about the beauty of declared monuments in Hong Kong through photography. 24 outstanding entries were selected based on their expression of the theme, overall aesthetic level and creativity.

    In search of Declared Monuments Snapshot Collection Activity

  • Dedicated Website, Facebook Page & Information Pamphlet
    providing background to the policy review and current conservation policies.

    Dedicated WebsiteFacebook Page Information Pamphlet

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  • Short Videos & Audio Clip introducing the existing heritage conservation policies and initiatives and promoting heritage conservation.


Visit to three historic temples, namely Lin Fa Temple, Hung Shing Temple and Hau Wong Temple on 22 May 2014
Members of AAB paid a visit to three historic temples under the administration of the Chinese Temples Committee (華人廟宇委員會) , i.e. Lin Fa Temple in Tai Hang, Hong Kong Island, Hung Shing Temple on Ap Lei Chau and Hau Wong Temple in Kowloon City, on 22 May 2014. AAB subsequently supported the proposal to declare these three historic temples as monuments under section 3(1) of the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance at its 167th meeting held on 4 June 2014. With the support of AAB and the approval of the Chief Executive, these three temples were declared as monuments under the Ordinance by notice in the Gazette on 24 October 2014.
Members visited Lin Fa Temple located at Tai Hang
Members inspected  the historic relics and architectural merits of Lin Fa Temple
Officers of the Antiquities and Monuments Office briefed Members the heritage value of Hung Shing Temple on Ap Lei Chau
A pair of “Dragon Poles” erected in front of Hung Shing Temple
Members visited Hau Wong Temple in Kowloon City
The stone inscription of “鶴” (crane) dated 1888 at the back of Hau Wong Temple
AAB launched the Public Consultation on the Policy Review on the Conservation of Built Heritage from 4 June to 4 August 2014
For the launch of public consultation on the policy review on built heritage conservation in June 2014, AAB published a consultation document, Respecting Our Heritage While Looking Ahead: Policy on Conservation of Built Heritage. During the public consultation exercise, the Board held a public forum and three thematic discussion sessions in Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre to proactively engage the general public and the relevant stakeholders. Based on the consultation document, the Board also briefed Members of the Legislative Council Panel on Development, the Heung Yee Kuk as well as the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the 18 District Councils and accepted the invitation of District Councils to attend council meetings. In addition, telephone surveys were commissioned to gather the views of the general public.

Consultation paper Public Forum on the Review of the Policy on the Conservation of Built Heritage (16.7.2014)

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