Posts Tagged ‘environment’


The future of our Harbour – HK partnering with Barcelona

In China,Hong Kong,Infrastructure on July 18, 2012 by KSA Asia Tagged: , , , ,

July 17 launched the joint Barcelona/Hong Kong Think Tank on Sustainable Urbanism – a new vehicle for thought, reflection and action in the areas of planning, urban design and sustainable development.

A fun installation inside the Energizing Kowloon East Office which also had informative panel boards telling the story of Kowloon East.

While the venue was difficult to find, the search was worth it (thanks for the Cava, Juan!)…. Kudos to the government for creating a creative space which addressed both form and function. More fascinating was the chat about the harbour, planning, sustainability and the roadmap which is needed for anything this scale. This is the first time Hong Kong has partnered together with a city on this specific issue.

Left to Right: Sr. Willy Müller, General Director, Barcelona Regional, Mr. Antoni Vives (Deputy Mayor of Barcelona), Mr. Xavier Trias (Mayor of Barcelona), Prof. Bernard V. Lim (President, Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design), Dr. Peter Cookson-Smith (President, Hong Kong Institute of Planners ), Ir. Conrad T C Wong (President, The Hong Kong *Green Building Council*)

“Operating as a Non-Profit organization, the objective of the Think Tank is to strive for the highest possible standards of urban environment, design and sustainability to improve the quality of life for citizens of Hong Kong, Barcelona and other cities,” says the press release. “The intention is to utilize the knowledge and findings acquired by the Think Tank to ensure far-sighted implementation by both public and private sectors.”

The launching ceremony was followed by a seminar co-organised by the Barcelona Regional and the EKEO where Barcelona’s recent development experience was shared with over 200 Hong Kong professionals.

Lovely to see old industry clients and many notable faces including Mr. C. S. Wai, Permanent Secretary (Works), Development Bureau, Nicolas Brooke, Chairman, Harbourfront Commission and Mr. Rocco Yim, Executive Director, Rocco Design Architects Ltd.



Sailing the Fragrant Harbour on aqualuna

In Travel & Food,Uncategorized,WOM on July 12, 2012 by KSA Asia Tagged: , , , , ,

Starting July 3rd, Aqua Group launched their aqualuna traditional Chinese junk boat “Harbour Discovery Tour” which KSA was privileged to give a go on a perfect blue sky day.

From 12pm to 5pm each Tuesday and Friday, guests are welcome to board the iconic boat in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Wanchai and Hunghom — all for a day pass rate of HK$100.


aqualuna in all its glory with the HKCEC in the background, which also happens to be where the next stop on the “Harbour Discovery Tour” is at the tip, where visitors can visit Bauhinia Square…

Here is some background information about the iconic boat:

“Aqualuna was meticulously hand built over an 18 month period by a veteran shipbuilder using the most traditional of Chinese boat building methods – all handcrafted using wood. The result is a beautiful 28-metre traditional red mast junk which offers its guests 1,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor entertainment space split over two finely crafted wooden decks.

“Aqualuna’s name (Cheung Po Tsai) is after the famous Cheung Chau island pirate who terrorised the waters of the South China Sea at the turn of the century, adds to the legendary link with the area.”


A sampan in the water – traditional transportation still used to this day to link up the hundreds of boats and island surrounding the territory.

Braving the heat, about 15 journalists enjoyed the tour while sipping lovely cooling drinks. While on the boat, the author of the “Harbour Discovery Tour” guidebook provided running commentary on historical tidbits together with the must see sights about town.

While the trip was very peaceful and tranquil — so why not top that off with some afternoon tea? It was only a hop and a skip before we ended up at the award winning boutique hotel, Hullet House in their lovely mural room. The selection of teas was diverse – try out the rose tea. What was very apparent was that love and care the pastry chef put into making the delectable creations! Yummy!


Divine inspiration! Gorgeous cakes for all paired with beautiful tea. Hitting the spot after sailing through Hong Kong’s iconic Fragrant Harbour!