Turning vision into reality

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The video “turning vision into reality” clearly highlights the benefits gained from building the new airport at Chek Lap Kok. Your task now is to write a summary report on the impact of Chek Lap Kok Airport using information from the role-play.

The class will be divided into the following groups representing various interests.

  • Civil servants working for the government will start by telling us the problems with the old Kai Tak Airport and explain reasons for building the new airport.

  • Airport Authority representatives will highlight the benefits of the Airport Core Programme for Hong Kong (airport, roads, bridges, railway, new town, reclamations, environment) and give facts about Chek Lap Kok International Airport, speakers may use clips from the video, pictures from the Internet, etc.

  • New residents of Tung Chung are supporting the new airport and the development of Lantau. Jobs and infrastructure development has improved their standard of living. The residents could work for Cathay Pacific Airways or be teenagers excited by the development of new facilities and attractions such as Disneyland made possible because of the new road and rail development.

  • Old residents of Tung Chung are against the building of Chek Lap Kok and any future expansion for social and cultural reasons.

  • Representatives of Friends of the Earth are concerned with the impact the airport has on the mangroves.

  • Worldwide Fund for Nature spokespersons are concerned with the problems facing the Romer Tree frog.

  • Dolphin watch representatives are concerned with the Dolphins.

  • Other roles may include tourists, the media, local taxpayers, etc

Speakers should speak for no more than 2 minutes. You may use part of the video, maps, diagrams and photographs to help you explain why you are for or against the building of Chek Lap Kok Airport.

You should think in advance what questions you would like to ask representatives in the enquiry.


Homework: Summary Report

For homework you will need to produce a summary report using the notes you have made and any additional research. Your summary report should contain the following information; marks are given in brackets.

During the actual role-play you will have to take notes on the advantages and disadvantages of the new airport, listen to each speaker carefully. Ask the representatives questions at the end of their speech. The summary report will be marked as the assessment for this unit. The marking scheme is given below.
Reasons for new airport (3)

Facts about the new airport (4)

The Hong Kong Airport Core Programme (10)

Economic advantages and disadvantages (6)

Social advantages and disadvantages (6)

Environmental advantages and disadvantages (6)

Conclusion (5)


The video “Turning vision into reality” is available from the library; the geography department also has two copies you can borrow during the lesson.
Books available in the library:
Hong Kong A new era- a review of 1997 “The Airport Core Programme” chapter16

By the Hong Kong Information Service Department.

The New Airport at Chek Lap Kok by Buildings Journal & Construction & contract News.
Hong Kong’s Port and Airport Development Strategies.
Useful websites:

http://www.pland.gov.hk/lantau/en/plan/index.html Lantau development plan and maps
http://www.info.gov.hk/napco/index-e.html HK Airport Core Programme
http://info.gov.hk/napco/benefits.html Benefit to community
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/aboutus/aa.html Environmental benefit
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/aboutus/gallery.html photos of Chek Lap Kok
http://edition.cnn.com/EARTH/9612/07/pink.dolphins/ Dolphins
http://www.wwf.org.hk/eng/conservation/spe_cons/marine/background.html Dolphins
http://www.wwf.org.hk/eng/pdf/references/factsheets/factsheet17.PDF Romer Tree frogs
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/mangrove Mangroves
http://www.wwf.org.hk/eng/pdf/references/factsheets/factsheet26.PDF Environmental impact
http://www.gakei.com/tuc/19911123.htm Tung Chung village before HKACP
http://www.info.gov.hk/tdd/towns/tungchung.htm Tung Chung New Town

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