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The Hong Kong Water Line: A Recreation and Conservation Vision for Hong Kong Island

From its towering skyscrapers to its rugged topography, its lush forests to its expansive coastline, Hong Kong Island reveals a uniquely impressive identity. Yet, despite its urban sophistication and natural scenery, the island faces a number of environmental and planning issues, including a lack of public access points to the coastline, no comprehensive marine conservation strategy, and a disconnected network of isolated parks and trails.

In this research-based proposal, SOM's Hong Kong office introduces the concept of a new multifunctional recreational trail around the entirety of Hong Kong Island. The 55-kilometer trail, which would link the island's highly urban north side with its less developed south side, would enhance coastal access, provide a sustainable transportation corridor, and offer a framework for marine conservation, while forming the longest circumferential urban recreational trail in the world.