Hong Kong Disneyland — The Past and the Present

Every time the flight takes off from or is about to land Hong Kong, I take a look at the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge to see how the construction progress goes so far and look forward to the bridge’s opening.

In the old day long before the construction of the bridge began, I used to do the same checking out places on the plane nearing or leaving Hong Kong. But back then l was always looking at the place about to be reclaimed to build the Hong Kong Disneyland, when there was no Mickey Mouse but power plants and shipyards. It was in the Penny’s Bay. I was heavily involved in the development of Phase 1 Disneyland, so we used to take regular boat trips to the site to explore decontamination for the development. People there always finished work on time because the last boat to the city was 5pm. Perhaps out of the special feelings I had for the place, I would check out that place on plane and now, there was the Disneyland.

This Saturday I went on a site visit to the Disneyland to explore the Phase 2 development. It was such a sunny day and things seemed to be the same old same old: Disney characters, Mickey Mouse shaped windows on the Disneyland Train, themed streets and houses, etc. But I am a grownup now.

When I was kid my dream was to visit all Disneylands in the world. I already went to the ones in California, Florida, Tokyo, Paris and this one in Hong Kong. I hope to see the one in Shanghai soon.


香港迪士尼樂園今昔

每次乘搭飛機在香港機場降落或離港,我都會看向港珠澳大橋看看興建進度,期待大橋啟用的一天。

在開建港珠澳大橋以前,每次乘搭飛機挨近或離開香港我也習慣看向窗外,只是當時看向竹篙灣即將填海來建迪士尼樂園的地方,那時還未有米奇老鼠,只有船廠和發電廠。因為我們參與迪士尼樂園第一期的環境顧問工作,所以要定期搭船去考察即將填海的地方,研究填海相關的除污工作。當時人們總是準時下班,因為最後一班回市區的船五點就開。也許因為對這個地方有特殊的情感,當時總喜歡搭飛機時看向這個地方,而現在就是迪士尼樂園了。

這個星期六我去了迪士尼樂園,為第二期發展進行考察。是日陽光普照,迪士尼看來和往常一般,有迪士尼的卡通人物、米奇老鼠圖案的火車、主題大街和建築等等。以前來玩,現在卻是來工作了。

我小的時候夢想是遊覽全世界的迪士尼樂園,已經到過加州、佛羅里達州、東京、巴黎和香港的迪士尼,只欠上海的迪士尼,不知何時能到上海完成兒時的願望。

 

Belt and Road Summit 2018 celebrated success of the development while reflecting on more future collaborative opportunities

I was excited to join the Belt and Road Summit 2018, where officials from the mainland and Hong Kong as well as industry leaders gathered on this occasion to share updates and inspirations on the Belt and Road development. It was held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and attracted around 5000 people from 55 countries to come together to explore the summit’s theme, Collaborate for Success.

The Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Carrie Lam, gave an opening speech for the occasion, while the Chairman of the HKTDC, Vincent HS Lo, delivered the welcoming remarks. In the uplifting speeches, we could clearly feel the success of and prosperity brought by the initiative. During the summit, a free trade agreement was signed between Hong Kong and Georgia. As a door to the Caucasus and Central Asia, Georgia will play a critical role in linking Europe and Asia and the free trade agreement marked a promising beginning.

At the Plenary Session titled “Action through Collaboration: Case Studies on Signature Belt and Road Projects” chaired by President of Asia Financial Holdings Limited, Bernard Chan, Belt and Road initiative investment opportunities were discussed and insights shared by President of China Communications Construction Group Liu Qitao, Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce and Chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Li Shufu, Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited Professor Frederick Ma, Chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation Manuel V Pangilinan, and Vice Chairwoman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia) and Chief Executive Officer of Sintesa Group, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani. This marked the highlight of the summit. Afterwards many discussion sessions unfolded where financing for infrastructure, information technology, engineering, green finance, risk management, legal services, etc were explored.

It was an eye-opening experience to hear reviews from industry leaders on the development of the national strategy. It also offered a good chance of reflecting on what role your industry plays and what position can be taken in this initiative.


一帶一路高峰論壇慶祝發展成果,審視未來合作機會

我十分高興能參與今年的一帶一路高峰論壇,會上內地和香港官員,及各行各業的領袖聚首一堂,分享一帶一路的成果和最新發展,並審視未來的合作機會。是次論壇在香港會議展覽中心舉辦,吸引來自五十五個國家約五千人參與,深入探討今年的主題「全方位合作」,場面盛大。

會議在行政長官林鄭月娥的開幕辭和貿發局主席羅康瑞的歡迎辭下順利開始,會上我們亦見證了香港和格魯吉亞簽署自由貿易協定,格魯吉亞是通往高加索和中亞地區的重要樞紐,在接通歐洲和亞洲上扮演關鍵角色,而這次的自由貿易協定可望為雙方帶來更多合作機會。

接着的討論環節以「共商合作 共拓商機:探討一帶一路重點項目」為主題,由亞洲金融集團總裁陳智思主持,討論嘉賓有中國交通建設集團董事長劉起濤、全國工商聯副主席兼浙江吉利控股集團董事長李書福、香港鐵路有限公司主席馬時亨、菲律賓基建企業 Metro Pacific Investments Corporation 主席彭澤仁 (Manuel V Pangilinan),以及印尼工商會副主席兼 Sintesa 集團行政總裁 Shinta Widjaja Kamdani,深入探討了一帶一路的投資機會,分享了相關經驗。討論環節後多場論壇陸續展開,由各領域專業人士相互討論,多項專題包括基建融資、資訊科技、工程、綠色金融、風險管理以及法律服務等方面,從不同面向探討相關議題。

此次論壇可以聽到來自行業領袖關於國家級戰略的回顧和分析,真是讓人眼界大開,亦是個重新審視自己行業從中扮演甚麼角色及如何把握機遇的好機會。

PolyU Entrepreneurship Parade 2018, a glance of the vibrant Hong Kong startup scene

Recently I joined the PolyU Entrepreneurship Parade 2018, where 40 startups supported by the funding programmes of PolyU showcased their projects and successful startup entrepreneurs shared their experience and insights of their startup journeys. The event provided a valuable platform for over 200 startup entrepreneurs and industry professionals to get connected with each other. In the event you could feel the vibrant startup scene in Hong Kong!

In the touring of exhibitions, there was a variety of innovative startup projects and initiatives, in fields as diverse as mobile app management, educational simulation games, martial arts, hearing aid, cultural preservation, green energy generation, etc. A majority of the initiatives utilised state-of-the-art innovation technologies like AI (Artificial Intelligence), robotics, AR (Augmented Reality) and so on. I was excited to see creativity and innovation being adopted in many new disciplines.

There are many local startup incubators such as Science Park and Cyberport. PolyU is one of the largest university-based startup incubators in Hong Kong. It is encouraging to know that since its launch in 2011, it has supported more than 230 startups and 680 entrepreneurs. Hopefully in the future more domain-specific like FinTech incubators can be set up to support more local startups to push forward a smart city.


2018理工大學初創企業巡禮,感受香港初創活力

最近我出席了理工大學二零一八年的初創企業巡禮,典禮上四十間獲理大資助的初創展示其產品和成果,成功的初創企業家在會上分享他們成功的創業經歷。巡禮為逾二百個初創企業家和業內人士提供寶貴的交流平台,互相學習。

巡禮展示了多個不同類型的創新項目,應用領域十分多元化,如手機程式管理、教學遊戲、武術、聽力支援、文化保育、綠色能源等等,大部分項目採用了創新科研技術,如人工智能(Artificial Intelligence)、機械人(Robotics)、擴增實境(Augmented Reality)等等。看到創新技術在越來越多新領域得到使用,真是振奮人心。

本地有許多初創的培育中心,如科學園和數碼港,而理工大學是最大的以大學為本的初創培育中心,自二零一一年創立以來,已支援超過二百三十間初創及六百八十個企業家,期望香港將來有更多針對特定領域的培育中心,例如金融科技培育中心等,提供更專業的支援服務,加強對本地初創的協助,推動香港智慧城市的發展。

A serene afternoon in Coloane, Macau

Having transformed from a fishing village to a metropolis, Macao shares a similar history with Hong Kong. Now the city is famed for high-end casino resorts, so it is hard to imagine its humble past. If you’re interested in experiencing its history, Coloane is the perfect place. It is also a delight to spend a comfy afternoon there.

Coloane is part of a southern island of Macao. Because of reclamation, the once standalone Coloane island became connected to Taipa. It is easy to travel to this quiet fishing village of Macao. Several bus routes go there, such as lines 15, 21A, 26, 26A and N3.

The Coloane Village was a must-go. It was a residential area along the coast of Coloane. Near the dock, there was the colourful settlement of houses made of iron sheets. I was lucky to be there on a sunny day. It was a delight to see the colourful houses floating on the muddy beach against a bright sky. Sometimes people fished at the dock. What a relaxing afternoon.

The landmark of the area was the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier. The chapel was 90 years old, recognisable in the baroque architectural style and its yellow and white facade. It was built to commemorate the local people’s victorious fight against the pirates in saving a group of children held captive. The chapel used to house some Christian relics which were then transferred to other churches.

If you’ve seen enough of the urban hustle and bustle, this serene part of Macao would sure make your day.


在路環感受澳門舊時的漁村風貌

澳門和香港同樣從漁港發展而成國際大都會,看着澳門華麗的賭場度假酒店實在難以想像其漁港歷史,但一些地方仍保留昔日漁港面貌,路環就是其中一個體會其漁港歷史的好地方。

路環位於澳門南部,原本是個獨立島嶼,但因為填海的緣故已與氹仔連接起來。到路環的交通十分方便,數條巴士路線如15、21A、26、26A和N3都能到。

路環村是沿海發展的民居,十分值得一遊。在此處閒逛,偶爾還有人在碼頭釣魚,近着碼頭有不同顏色的鐵皮屋民居,剛好當天風和日麗,各種顏色的鐵皮屋在蔚藍天空的映襯下,一派趣味盎然。

來到路環必定要參觀聖方濟各聖堂,外型是典型的巴羅克風格,黃白色的明亮外表是其特點。聖堂已有九十年歷史,為了紀念當時村民擊敗海盜救回一群被綁架的小孩而建。聖堂曾存放聖方濟各的手骸聖鐲,後被轉送到其他教堂。

如你看夠熱鬧的城市,來寧靜簡樸的路環感受澳門舊時的漁村風貌是不錯的選擇。