Hong Kong’s Heritage Heroes – Part One

HONG KONG – Heritage Heroes Part One is the first part of a documentary on residents fighting to save Hong Kong’s cultural heritage and historic buildings from neglect and, eventual, demolition by local government and property development companies in the world’s most expensive city.

The story begins with Hong Kong’s urban explorers, known as HK Urbex, inside an abandoned building slated for demolition and redevelopment on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. An upscale condominium and shopping district will soon replace it.

Across Hong Kong’s world famous Victoria harbour, near the central business district, one local activist is challenging the government’s plan to bulldoze 30 old tenement buildings in the historic Sheung Wan district. Katty Law’s story is inspiring heritage activists all over Hong Kong to try and save the city from itself.

The pressure for urban renewal in Sheung Wan is intense because of its location. Hong Kong has rebranded this area Old Town Central. This means the city is celebrating Sheung Wan’s storied past while having its historic buildings replaced.

Featuring (in order of appearance): Ghost and Echo Delta from HK Urbex (*not their real names to protect their identities), Christopher DeWolf (journalist and author), Katty Law (mother and heritage activist), Dr. Lee Hoyin (Hong Kong University).

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Adam Bemma is a journalist and media development advisor working in East Africa and Southeast Asia.

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