25 January

Illegal parking blocks waterfront at Shun Tak Centre 「做show 俾老細睇」信德中心代客泊車公然違規

Illegal parking blocks waterfront at Shun Tak Centre



Illegal parking blocks waterfront at Shun Tak Centre
One of the unresolved problems in creating a continuous harbourfront and complete the Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail is Shun Tak Centre. Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic are obstructed by illegal car parking at the ground level.

Early August last year, we asked various government departments to clarify the permitted uses along the road under the Shun Tak Centre. It appears that when the land lease was signed, the plan for the ground floor failed to indicate a full set of footpaths. Neither did the approved plan allow for parking spaces. Only (un)loading and drop off / pick up facilities are allowed. Parking is available in the parking garages upstairs of Shun Tak Centre and at the adjacent Rumsey Street Multi Storey Car Park.

In October 2020, the owners of the Shun Tak Centre have been informed by Lands Department that the vehicles parking at the ground floor under Shun Tak Centre were in breach of relevant lease conditions. In its warning letter the Lands Department has requested the owner to purge the breach.

Shun Tak Centre has responded and stopped vehicles parking under the west wing. However, at the east wing, the China Merchants Tower, the parking attendant of the Macao Jockey Club continues to park vehicles at unauthorised locations under the Shun Tak Centre and along the public road, to the detriment of pedestrians as well as vehicular traffic. The Macao Jockey Club’s Hong Kong Club House is located in the Shun Tak Centre operating a collection of restaurants. Patrons drop their car for a meal, or for the day or night.

For good show, the Shun Tak security staff in full view of the Macao Jockey Club parking attendant places notices under the windshield wipers reminding owners that parking is unauthorised at these locations. These notices are removed when the attendant returns the vehicle to its owner. When we approached the security staff and attendant they told us not to worry about the notices, and that as long as we were a member of the club we could enjoy a three hour free parking service.

We have written to the Macao Jockey Club to ask them to desist from parking and interrupting pedestrian and vehicular flow. Refusing to accept their wrong-doings, we decided to explain this situation to the public of Hong Kong who wish to enjoy their waterfronts. Offering an unauthorised parking privilege to private club members to the detriment of the community’s enjoyment is a problem. I hope that the management of Shun Tak Centre and the Members and Management of the Macau Jockey Club will appreciate the situation and resolve the problems caused.



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「做show 俾老細睇」信德中心代客泊車公然違規







(立場新聞2021年1月24日連結: 「做show 俾老細睇」信德中心代客泊車公然違規)


調查信德中心保安非法泊車 Shun Tak Illegal Parking Investigation


調查澳門賽馬會代客泊車 Macau Jockey Club Illegal Parking Investigation


(立場新聞2021年1月24日連結: 「做show 俾老細睇」信德中心代客泊車公然違規)


19 January

District level job losses up to 13% 經濟衰退—地區損失逾13%職位

District level job losses up to 13%

The impact of COVID on our economy is accelerating. While Government reported an overall unemployment rate of 6.6%, a study of district data by ‘Designing Hong Kong’ shows local impacts vary.  Job losses in the Southern District is 13% for the year ending September 2020. Some industries at district level show job losses of over 50%.

Percentage change of job number by district

Red colour represents a shrinking job market while green colour represents a growing job market. The data reflects the change in job number in each district between September 2019 and September 2020.

Compared with the latest available data, we have lost more than 125 000 jobs compared with the data of the third quarter one year ago. This accounts for 4.4% of the job market. Import/export trade and wholesale, and accommodation and food services suffered the most. More than 10% of the jobs or nearly 100 000 jobs were lost in these industries in one year.

Traditional commercial centres such as the Central and Western District, Wan Chai District and Yau Tsim Mong District suffered greatly from the economic recession. In these districts, the import/export and wholesale; accommodation and food services; and retail suffered and lead to 10.5%, 8.6% and 6.9% loses in jobs in these districts respectively.

The economies of the Southern District and North District suffered most. Their job markets lost 13.2% and 12.1% of the jobs. This means that one out of every eight jobs were lost during the pandemic. This is worrisome as nearly half (Southern District: 48.3%; North District 53.8%) of the jobs in some districts are taken up by local residents.

Meanwhile, three districts recorded an increase in jobs. Wong Tai Sin and Tsuen Wan showed an 11.5% and 6.9% increase in jobs. It appears to be primarily industries which benefit from changes in consumer behaviour in times of Covid, including food and courier services representing online shopping and centralised food preparation.

Analyses of the performance of the different industries in each district give out hints of possible longer term shifts in the economy. In Kwun Tong, import/export and wholesale are the largest job sectors and these lost 8 555 jobs last year. On the other hand, administrative and supporting services industries have gained more than 7 000 jobs, further strengthening their position as the second largest industry in Kwun Tong. Similarly, in Yuen Long, real estate and education industries lost some 2 600 jobs. These were compensated by a rise in jobs in the accommodation and food services, and manufacturing industries.

To identify the challenges facing the Hong Kong economy in times of Covid we need to look at the performance of industries at district levels. It is not simply about the banking industry, or the Greater Bay Area. We need to uncover opportunities for Hong Kong at district level. We need to embrace this ‘re-set’ to discover new opportunities and restructure our economy. We need to develop a more resilient and more vibrant economy in every district.


Click here for detailed breakdown of the performance of the job market in each district this last year.


Learn more about District Economy:

Fixing the economy, one district at at time

Understanding the economies of Hong Kong’s districts



Census and Statistics Department (2020). Number of establishments and persons engaged (other than those in the Civil Service) analysed by industry section, District Council district and sex.



Percentage change of job number by district


根據政府提供最新的數據,與一年前的第三季度比較,我們損失了超過125 000個職位,佔了就業市場的4.4%。當中進出口貿易及批發和住宿及膳食服務兩個行業受最大打撃。一年間兩個行業各自損失了超過10%的職位,合共令就業市場減少了接近十萬個職位。




細看各個地區的職位變化亦可以找出部份地區未來的發展方向。以觀塘為例,進出口貿易及批發是該區的最大行業,但在過去一年卻失去了8 555個職位。但另一方面,行政及支援服務比去年提供多超過7 000個職位,進一步鞏固它們在觀塘第二大產業的地位。同樣地,元朗的地產及教育合共在去年失去了大約2 600個職位,但住宿及膳食服務及製造業的擴張卻彌補了這些損失。










18 January

Water Supply in Hong Kong – The Far Eastern Review 1927 – 1934

Water supply in Hong Kong – The Far Eastern Review 1927 – 1934
Articles on “Water supply in Hong Kong” published in The Far Eastern Review in 1927 and 1934, courtesy of the P. A. Crush Chinese Railway Collection

Far Eastern

Water supply in Hong Kong – The ‘Shing Mun’ Valley Scheme
The Far Eastern Review Jan 1927
Vol. XXIII No.1

Shing Mun Valley Contract, Hong Kong
The Far Eastern Review Mar 1927
Vol. XXIII No.1

Part I – The Many Difficulties and First Efforts
Water supply in Hong Kong – The Story of a Triumph of Applied Science
The Far Eastern Review Jul 1934
Vol. XXX No.7

Part II – Increasing The Stroage and Areas of Supply on the Island
Water supply in Hong Kong – The Story of a Triumph of Applied Science
The Far Eastern Review Aug 1934
Vol. XXX No.8

Part III – Works to Increase the Supply on the Island Carried Out Since 1920
Water supply in Hong Kong – The Story of a Triumph of Applied Science
The Far Eastern Review Sep 1934
Vol. XXX No.9

Part IV – The Second Harbour Pipe Line and The Problem in Kowloon
Water supply in Hong Kong – The Story of a Triumph of Applied Science
The Far Eastern Review Oct 1934
Vol. XXX No.10

Part V – The New Reservoir at Shing Mun
Water supply in Hong Kong – The Story of a Triumph of Applied Science
The Far Eastern Review Nov 1934
Vol. XXX No.11

Part VI – Problems For China Concerning the Utilization and Control of Water
Water supply in Hong Kong – The Story of a Triumph of Applied Science
The Far Eastern Review Dec 1934
Vol. XXX No.12