Date
30 March 2017
A covered performance venue (Inset) will be built near Wishing Trees, a popular attraction in Tai Po.
Photos: YouTube, Tai Po District Council
A covered performance venue (Inset) will be built near Wishing Trees, a popular attraction in Tai Po. Photos: YouTube, Tai Po District Council

Netizens mock ‘Tiananmen look’ of planned Tai Po venue

Hong Kong netizens are mocking a proposed performance venue in Tai Po, saying it’s ugly and resembles Tiananmen Square.

The HK$50 million (US$6.45 million) project includes a covered stage and street stalls near a popular tourist spot.

The District Council has approved funding for the project, expected to be completed in two years, according to Apple Daily.

The money comes from a HK$100 million allocation for each of the 18 districts announced by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his 2013 policy address.

The Tai Po District Council decided to use its allocation to develop tourist facilities around Wishing Trees, a popular attraction in Lam Tsuen.

The development will feature a permanent performance venue, 16 street stalls for snacks and handicraft and 100 parking spaces.

Tree houses and vacation homes were dropped from the plan.

Labor Party district councilor Kwok Wing-kin said the project is too expensive, with the stage alone costing HK$12 million.

“The average cost of setting up a stage is between HK$300,000 and HK$400,000,” he said.

Kwok said a recent survey found that an overwhelming number of Tai Po residents are opposed to the plan and see it as having a negative impact on their daily lives.

Kwok argued against the project in the council but the proposal passed with the backing of pro-establishment councilors.

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