Talking Points: will the HK$3.5 billion Hong Kong Palace Museum be good for the city?

Talking Points: will the HK$3.5 billion Hong Kong Palace Museum be good for the city?

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The Hong Kong Palace Museum has it's fair share of critics.
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Yiu Pak-hei, 10 , St Francis of Assisi’s English Primary School

Certainly yes, because the Palace Museum In Beijing has a lot cultural relics that they have no room for. If they bring them to Hong Kong, it can us get more tourists. Our city doesn’t have many precious artefacts, so the museum would be popular with both tourists and locals. Building it would mean that Hong Kong will no longer be called a “cultural desert”.


Ko Jun-hao, 10, St Francis of Assisi’s English Primary School

The museum will be good for the city. The Palace Museum in Beijing is one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. It had 16 million visitors in 2016 – that’s more than double the population of Hong Kong. So building a palace museum here will bring a lot of tourists.

It will also let us learn about Chinese history. We can learn about the Ming and Qing Dynasties without going to Beijing, which will save us a lot of time.


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Gordon Man, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

The museum could be both good and bad for the city. One drawback is that Hong Kong is very small and crowded. That land could instead be used to build housing. It will also use a lot of government money. However, it will bring more tourists to Hong Kong, and create job opportunities, and these things will be good for our economy. It will also let us learn about Chinese history without having to go to Beijing.


Margaret Chau Suet-ha, 16, Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School

The Hong Kong Palace Museum would be a blessing to our society. Apart from the existing museums in Hong Kong, the government doesn’t usually do much to preserve traditional Chinese culture. But this museum will let us appreciate our history.

So far the museum has caused some controversy, but if the chief architect had been chosen through open tender, the public would have been more in favour of it, and even welcomed it.


Ady Lam, 11, Island School

No. Why? Because the other palace museums actually are interesting. The one in Beijing is in the Forbidden City, who wouldn’t want to go there? The one in Taiwan has most of the ‘cooler’ artefacts, they were moved there a long time ago. Whereas the one in the 852 won’t have any special things.


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Sham Man Kit, 14, LTPSS

Will the HK3.5 billion HK palace museum be good for the city?

I don’t think so, because with so many people who don’t have housing in our city, the money would be better spent on that.


Michael Kwok Pui-hin, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

I think it is good for the city. First, it offers Hong Kong a unique opportunity to display treasures from the Palace Museum in Beijing. That would attract visitors from all over the world. Hong Kong would no longer be considered a cultural desert!

Second, as part of China, we must learn more about our country’s history. This would allow us to do that without flying to Beijing.

However, I do understand why many Hongkongers are resentful. A lack of transparency and public consultation, which is a practice of the Chinese government, makes people feel uncomfortable. If the cental government wants Hongkongers to support this project, they must listen to people’s opinions first.


Connie Chan, 14, St Paul’s School (Lam Tin)

It will definitely benefit Hong Kong. The Palace Museums in Beijing and Taiwan are famous and unique, so people around the world would be interested to see how the museum would be in Hong Kong. That would bring tourists, which would help our economy.


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Hannah Ma, 13, Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School

Building a Palace Museum in Hong Kong is necessary. It will help people learn more about China, and allow them to see a variety of antiques.


Lily Cheng Tak-yan, 15, Law Ting Pong Secondary School

I do not think using HK$3.5 billion to build the Hong Kong Palace Museum is a good idea. Instead of making taxpayers pay for that, they should use any extra money to build more houses for homeless people.


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Edited by Sam Gusway

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Will the HK$3.5 billion Hong Kong Palace Museum be good for the city?

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