Vision: A Living Museum
The overall vision of the plan is to conserve the MOS Iron Mine landscape as a living museum to reconnect the past, the present and the future; to serve as a link between the natural and cultural relics and the MOS New Town; and as a point for visitors to learn and reflect on their relationships with the multi-dimensional developments of MOS in space and time.
Analyses of the site’s carrying capacity, potential flow of tourists or visitors are required to conserve and maintain points of interest.
Heritage trails of various lengths and different themes
There can be trails of various lengths, focusing on various aspects such as industrial heritage, ecological and environmental aspects, as well as social and religious aspects. The trail can also include the Mid-level District and Ma On Bridge District, which may require further research. AR and VR techniques can be employed to reveal historical photos and histories of various points. Local residents should be consulted and have opportunities to be involved in finalising the trails. Local residents, if possible, can serve as guides or human library for visitors.
A continuum of “conservation cum development” approach can be adopted. The Peak District in relatively high ground and has the highest number of heritages is suggested to be conserved in totality whereas the conservation of Cluster 2 at the foothill of the Hunch Back at around 100ML near the MOS New Town may be integrated with possible future development. Cluster 3 in between may need further research and documentation. Future development should provide options for existing residents, especially active farmers, to continue with their life and livelihood.
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Implementing P-L-P conservation in Hong Kong: some suggestions
To implement P-L-P conservation in Hong Kong, we have to: