Gift-Wrapped Tower

Consistency in an Ever-Changing City: An Old Clock Tower in Contemporary Hong Kong

Gift-Wrapped Tower

In 2004, the Tourism Board promoted Hong Kong’s shopping festival by wrapping a giant shopping bag around the monument, resulting in public criticism. Patrick Hase of the Royal Asiatic Society in Hong Kong called it an insult, and Lister Cheung, chief executive of the Conservancy Association, interpreted the government’s idea as a joke until the government finally decided to remove the shopping bag [1]. Photo by Ni Zhu (“Hong Kong: Clock House By Ocean Terminal,” Flickr, July 17, https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/174/378119927_4585703128_z.jpg?zz=1).

 

1.  Chan, Carrie. 2004 (“Heritage Critics Far From Rapt over Shopping Bag Stunt for Clock Tower.” South China Morning Post, June 4, 1).