Date
21 July 2017
A hiker contemplates a marble path in Tuen Mun. Netizens are criticizing the government for replacing wooden benches along the trail with concrete structures (left). Photos: Facebook/Concern Group on Concretization of Hong Kong Natural Trails
A hiker contemplates a marble path in Tuen Mun. Netizens are criticizing the government for replacing wooden benches along the trail with concrete structures (left). Photos: Facebook/Concern Group on Concretization of Hong Kong Natural Trails

Govt faces blowback over marble trails

Rubber mats and tiles on hiking trails? You better believe it.

Which is why many Hong Kong netizens are up in arms against the government. 

They say it has wasted money on two concreting projects that cost taxpayers more than HK$2 million, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

One project involved laying out rubber matting on Kau Keng Shan trail in Tuen Mun.

The other put marble tiles on a section of the trail, which netizens are deriding as the “most luxurious” hiking trail ever.

The projects cover one kilometer and include new concrete benches, replacing wooden ones, according to documents from the Tuen Mun District Council.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, which is responsible for Hong Kong’s trails and parks, calls them “enhancements”.

But many Hongkongers are not impressed.    

An activist group called Concern Group on Concretization of Hong Kong Natural Trails ridiculed the concrete benches in Facebook posts, complete with pictures of the offending structures.

It wants the government to “stop gardenizing our country parks” and turning the countryside into “artificial parks”.   

AFCD faces heat over experimental work at Tuen Mun natural trail (July 5, 2016) 

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