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January
LCSD entrusts Chi Lin Nunnery with Hammer Hill Road Park project

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A new scenic spot for the enjoyment of local and overseas visitors will be added to Hong Kong.

The Government signed an entrustment with Chi Lin Nunnery (the Nunnery) today (January 23) for the construction of the Hammer Hill Road Park in Diamond Hill, Kowloon.

Chi Lin Nunnery will develop the Park into a classical Chinese garden with architectural expression compatible with the Lily Garden previously developed by the Nunnery and the Nunnery Monastic Complex, on behalf of the Government.

The entrustment was signed by the Acting Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Miss Choi Shuk-kuen, and representatives of Chi Lin Nunnery.

An LCSD spokesman said: "Upon completion, the $245 million Hammer Hill Road Park will be handed over to the Government and owned fully by the Government as a public park."

Occupying an area of some 33,000-square-metre, the Park will make the best use of the natural topography and its design concept will be based on a famous Tang Dynasty garden in Shanxi, China, called the Jiangshouju Gardens and Ponds.

The Jiangshouju Gardens and Ponds are among the oldest and most renowned gardens in China. Even today, the gardens and ponds have retained their fundamental layout and landscape. Beautiful mountains and natural water flows are the characteristics of Tang Dynasty gardens, which are quite different from Ming and Qing Dynasty gardens built according to the intuition of the particular builder.

"The Hammer Hill Road Park, upon completion, will be similar to Jiangshouju in terms of layout, with the pond to be the centrepiece.

"The Park's central axis will be linked to the Hammer Hill Road Pedestrian Footbridge and to its north will be a Lotus Garden, a Western Lotus Garden and the Chi Lin Nunnery," the spokesman said.

Other attractions of the Park include pools, ponds, streams and springs, wells and waterfalls, as well as a good collection of featured rocks in different formations.

In addition, a great variety of plants will be planted, ranging from mature old trees to bonsais, shrubs, bamboos and flowering species.

Apart from that, many Tang Dynasty style architectural features made of precious timbers can be found inside the Park. They include: podiums, multi-layer buildings, chambers, rooms, square pavilions, hexagonal pavilions and a pavilion with thatched roof.

"This Park can be described as a unique 'ancient garden within the city'. It will be an ideal place for the general public, especially the residents in Wong Tai Sin District, to enjoy their leisure time."

"It will also certainly become an international tourist attraction," the spokesman added.

The construction of the Park is expected to start in the middle of this year and will take three years to complete.

End/Thursday, January 23, 2003

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