Fortified structure declared a monument

July 12th, 2011 atam Posted in Heritage | No Comments »

There’s a structure with actual links to Sun Yat-sen, but the tourist trail on Hong Kong Island won’t lead visitors to it.

The Antiquities Authority has declared a fortified structure at No 55 Ha Pak Nai in Yuen Long, which was built around 1910, a Grade One monument. It’s said to be the only remaining building in Hong Kong with a direct connection with Dr Sun’s revolutionary movement – effectively admitting that the Sun Yat-sen trail in Central has tenuous links with Dr Sun at best. After all, where’s the school he attended now; or, for that matter, the house where he’d stayed?

The declaration coincides with the centenary of the 1911 Revolution; cue fanfare and tourists bussed in for the obligatory photocalls. You just hope that, given its remote location, it won’t be turned into another 1881 Heritage.

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