HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Lantau island development promotes green living: Minister

Sustainable Lantau Office wants the island to be the next holiday destination.

The development of Lantau Island as a sustainable green city ensures preservation of nature and culture, Hong Kong’s Development Minister said.

The Sustainable Lantau Office has created the “Lantau Island Conservation and Recreation Master Plan” as a guide for conservation and recreation in the South as the government develops the North.

“Development does not forget conservation,” Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun said in his blog.

Citing Sustainable Lantau Office engineer Wang Zhiwei Wong said a promenade with a length of 4.9 kilometers will be built at the Tung Chung East Extension area. Ecological coastlines will also be introduced as a habitat for marine life.

“In the future, a riverside park will be built on Tung Chung River to improve the local environment, promote water culture and ecological education, and create a quality living environment,” he added.

The Office is also conducting further research to preserve the cultural atmosphere of the island as well as create new attractions with a network of hiking trails in line with the master plan. This covers the study looking to integrate existing hiking trails and constructing a new one that will extend to around 100 km.

Engineer Lim Guanhong said in the same blog, the planned project, including the expansion of bike trails in Mui Wo and Chi Ma Wan mountains, is expected to turn Lantau island as destination for recreational activities during public holidays.

The Lantau Conservation Fund received $1b under the 2018 Policy Address; of which, 500m yuan is intended to fund small-scale area improvement projects. The first batch of small-scale projects will start this year.

The other 500m yuan is for conservation and other related projects. Approval results for the applications for conservation projects, which opened in December 2020, will be announced in the third quarter of the year. 

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