Ten public piers will be renovated to make it more convenient for the public to visit outing destinations and natural heritage.
The plan is part of the government’s Pier Improvement Programme formulated this year to improve piers. It was proposed by former Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in his last policy address.
Writing in his blog on Sunday, Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun identified the 10 piers to be covered by the first phase of the program, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
One of them is Lai Chi Wo Pier near Sha Tau Kok. On Friday the Town Planning Board approved with conditions a proposal by the Hong Kong Countryside Foundation to revitalize 12 village houses in a 400-year-old Hakka village in Lai Chi Wo. The village houses will be transformed into guest houses.
Currently, only one vessel can be accommodated to dock at the pier at any one time.
The other public piers up for renovation under the government program are Sham Chung Pier, Lai Chi Chong Pier, Tung Ping Chau Public Pier, Leung Shuen Wan Pier, Kau Sai Village Pier, Pak Kok Tsuen Pier, Yung Shue Wan Pier, Yi O Pier and Shek Tsai Wan Pier.
These 10 piers were selected by a committee on piers consisting of representatives of relevant bureaus and departments, based on factors such as accessibility to nearby destinations and natural heritage, local sentiment and utilization.
In its 2016 Best in Asia Index, travel guide publisher Lonely Planet gave recognition to the unique heritage of Lai Chia Wo village, placing Hong Kong at No. 5.
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