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Lantau Special - Disneyland Controversies; Tai O Fishing Village; Keeping Lantau Green (09 Sep 2005)


With Hong Kong's Disneyland opening on Lantau on Monday, we focus on the island and the changes it's facing. Larger than Hong Kong island, Lantau houses only around 88,000 people. It was a place to escape from the noise and pressures of city life, but – given the major infrastructural changes completed and in the pipeline - how long is that going to last? In part one we begin by looking at the controversies surrounding the Disneyland development, and move on to attempts to preserve the culture of Tai O fishing village. In part two, after Chek Lap Kok airport, the building of Tung Chung, the advent of Disney, there are still roads, bridges, and plenty more infrastructural changes in the offing for Lantau. All across the island, local villagers, enthusiastic recent arrivals, the government, and – of course - the developers, are engaged in a battle for - if not the island's soul, at least their own vision of its future.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, September 9, 2005
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