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Encyclopedia > West Kowloon Cultural District
West Kowloon Cultural District
Traditional Chinese: 西九龍文娛藝術區
Simplified Chinese: 西九龙文娱艺术区
The model of one of the plans
The model of one of the plans
West Kowloon Cultural District is still an incomplete site in Kowloon in 2007.

The West Kowloon Cultural District is a proposed district of concentration for arts, cultural and entertainment establishments in Hong Kong, China. It is an ambitious and extravagant project led by several major developers, costing 25 billion dollars, to transform a piece of barren, waterfront reclaimed land, west of Yau Ma Tei into a futuristic artificial canopy. Currently in the public consultation stage, construction is planned in 2007 and expected to be operational in 2011. Traditional Chinese characters refers to one of two standard sets of printed Chinese characters. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Standard Mandarin, also known as Standard Chinese, Modern Standard Chinese or Standard spoken Chinese, is the official modern Chinese spoken language used by the Peoples Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), and Singapore. ... Pinyin, more formally called Hanyu Pinyin (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ), is the most common variant of Standard Mandarin romanization system in use. ... This article is about all of the Cantonese (Yue) dialects. ... Jyutping (sometimes spelled Jyutpin) is a romanization system for Standard Cantonese developed by the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) in 1993. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3264 × 2448 pixel, file size: 2. ... In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon refers to the urban area made up of Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait in the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutters Island in the west, Tates Cairn and Lion Rock in the north, and... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Land reclamation is either of two distinct practices. ... Yau Ma Tei (Traditional Chinese: or 油蔴地) , also spelled as Yaumatei, Yau Ma Ti, Yaumati or Yau-ma-Tee, is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong district, in the south of the Kowloon peninsula in Hong Kong, China. ...


The project hopes to reaffirm Hong Kong's position as "Asia's World City", attracting tourists and foreign investments. However, there is currently a debate on whether the expensive WKCD project is in Hong Kong's best interests.

Contents

Introduction

Origin

In 1996, the Hong Kong Tourism Board took a survey of tourists visiting Hong Kong. The survey suggested that many of the tourists thought Hong Kong was lacking in cultural opportunities. The Hong Kong Tourism Board made a suggestion to Legco in 1998, proposing that new venues for art exhibitions and other cultural events be established. In the Chief Executive's Policy Address of 1998,Tung Chee Hwa proposed the establishment of the West Kowloon Cultural District, hoping to develop Hong Kong as the Culture and Art Center of Asia. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB[1]), is a Government-sub vented body. ... The Honourable Tung Chee Hwa, GBM, D.S.Sc. ...


Location

The development site is bounded by Canton Road in the east, the Western Harbour Crossing entrance and Austin Road West in the north, and Victoria Harbour in the west and south. Canton Road at dark, Tsim Sha Tsui. ... The Western Harbour Crossing (abbreviation WHC; Chinese: 西區海底隧道) is an underwater tunnel in Hong Kong. ... Victoria Harbour The night view of the Victoria Harbour with the skyscrapers in Central behind, viewed from Tsim Sha Tsui Victoria Harbour (Traditional Chinese: 維多利亞港; Simplified Chinese: 维多利亚港; Cantonese Jyutping: wai4 do1 lei6 aa3 gong2; Mandarin Pinyin: Wéiduōlìyà Gǎng) is the harbour between the Kowloon Peninsula and the...


Core facilities

Three theatres with at least 2,000, 800 and 400 seats respectively;


A performance venue with at least 10,000 seats;


A cluster of four museums at least 75,000 square metres in size;


An art exhibition centre at least 10,000 square metres in size; A water amphitheatre;


At least four piazzas; and


A canopy covering at least 55% of the development area.


Process

Debate

New events

The future of the massive West Kowloon arts hub plan is uncertain after the shortlisted developers balked and the government announced a fundamental rethink of the project.


Chief Secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan said the much-criticised giant canopy - centrepiece of the winning design by architect Lord Foster - would be scrapped. Other Hong Kong topics Culture - Economy Education - Geography - History Hong Kong Portal The Chief Secretary for Administration (Traditional Chinese: ), commonly known as Chief Secretary and abbreviated as CS, is the second highest position of Hong Kong Government. ... Rafael Hui Si Yan, GBS, JP (Chinese: 許仕仁, born 1948) is Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong and a former career civil servant. ... Reichstag, German parliamant The Armadillo, Sir Norman Fosters Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM (born 1 June 1935) is a British architect. ...


See also

In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon refers to the urban area made up of Kowloon Peninsula and New Kowloon, bordered by the Lei Yue Mun strait in the east, Mei Foo Sun Chuen and Stonecutters Island in the west, Tates Cairn and Lion Rock in the north, and... Cyberport 2 in front of Cyberport Road. ... Hong Kong (香港; Cantonese IPA: ; Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2; Yale: heūng góng; pinyin: Xiānggǎng; Wade-Giles: Hsiang-kang) is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the Peoples Republic of China. ...

External links

  • WKCD Public Consultation
  • The West Kowloon Cultural Village website
  • Temporary waterfront promenade

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Kowloon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (482 words)
Kowloon is located north of Hong Kong Island and south of the mainland part of the New Territories.
The part of Kowloon south of Boundary Street, together with Stonecutters Island, was ceded from Qing China to Britain under the Convention of Peking of 1860.
Large-scale development of Kowloon began in the early 20th Century, with the construction of the Kowloon-Canton Railway, the Kowloon Wharf, and the Kai Tak Airport.
West Kowloon Cultural District - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (160 words)
The West Kowloon Cultural District (西九龍文娛藝術區) is a proposed district of concentration for arts, cultural and entertainment establishments in Hong Kong.
It is an ambitious and extravagant project led by several major developers, costing 25 billion dollars, to transform a piece of barren, waterfront land, west of Yau Ma Tei into a futuristic artificial canopy.
Currently in public consultation stage, construction is planned in 2007 and expected to be operational in 2011.
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