Kai Tak fantasy will become reality
A place of fantasy will be created near what was the end of the Kai Tak airport runway jutting into the harbor.
"The former runway tip in the Kai Tak development area has excellent potential to be developed into a tourism and entertainment hub," CY Leung said. "We propose setting up on this site a recreational landmark - Kai Tak Fantasy.
"On top of recreation facilities, it can be turned into an `edutainment' destination, which will reflect Kai Tak's unique aviation, maritime and transportation history."
Leung also said he has high hopes of the Kai Tak area offering a good example of "where we can enhance the quality of living."
Asked what will make fantasy a reality, Leung said the secretary for development is to provide details.
In fact, Secretary for Development Paul Chan Mo-po holds a post-policy briefing on his portfolio this morning.
But adding to the Kai Tak Fantasy picture in a paper posted yesterday, the Development Bureau said the feature will "serve as a tourism and entertainment hub, with global significance for both local people and tourists."
New People's Party legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said Hong Kong needs to increase its investment in tourism.
"The cruise terminal will be located at Kai Tak," she noted, "so it makes sense to have a theme park and other entertainment facilities to keep up with the competition."
Ng Kam-mee, a professor in the Chinese University of Hong Kong's geography and resource management department, also looked at the Kai Tak Fantasy as complementary to the terminal.
"I believe overseas tourists will be lured to visit the recreation hub to learn the history of Kai Tak," he said.
But he added: "We don't want that the site will be developed into another theme park like Ocean Park."
Also at the site, the multi-purpose, 50,000-seat Kai Tak Sports Complex should be ready in 2019 after a projected outlay of about HK$19 billion.
Hong Kong Stadium will be adapted as a district-based facility with 10,000 seats once the Kai Tak complex is ready.