Hong Kong's oldest Western cemetery garden is located in Happy
This history and tour highlights the need for urgent action to
conserve the built and natural heritage resources of this important
cultural landscape. The author challenges the reader to reconsider
the basic approach to heritage conservation adopted in Hong Kong
where a false dichotomy persists between natural and built heritage
conservation initiatives. The Hong Kong Cemetery provides an
excellent example of a precious cultural landscape which is
deteriorating because simplistic approaches to site management have
failed to understand and protect the complex interrelationship
between the natural (flora and fauna habitats) and built (monuments
and memorials) heritage resources.
The first three chapters introduce the cemetery garden concept as
it evolved in early nineteenth-century Europe, and was eventually
established in Hong Kong by the British. The second half of the
book provides a self-guided tour of the cemetery highlighting its
resources as well as explaining the main conservation problems and
possible solutions to protect the cemetery.
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