Vestige of British Rule in Hong Kong About to Vanish





Queen’s Pier is a simple building, a few short columns and a low roof next to Hong Kong’s harbor, designed and built after World War II for official events like the arrival and departure of colonial governors.

The government’s Antiquities and Monuments Office classified the pier this spring in the highest category of historic buildings, as the scene of important events in the city’s colonial history. But the government planning office and an important legislative committee agreed on May 23 that the pier should be dismantled to make room for a harborside highway and a shopping mall.

As Hong Kong prepares for the 10th anniversary on July 1 of its return to Chinese rule, Queen’s Pier has emerged as one of several symbols of Britain’s disappearing influence here.


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