Northern Metropolisi

Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor laid down the blueprint for the Northern Metropolis in her 2021 policy address. The scheme, repackaged and expanded from an existing new town plan, involves the development of an IT hub in northern New Territories near the border with mainland China, construction of up to 186,000 homes and a new cross-border railway linking the city to the Qianhai economic zone in Shenzhen.

The plan, which would take 20 years to deliver, is seen as a major strategic change for development, moving the city's centre away from Hong Kong Island to the north, to integrate the city into the latest national development plan.


As many as 19 Hong Kong education institutions are interested in joining an ambitious mega development, the Northern Metropolis, on land close to the border with mainland China.

  • Development Bureau tells lawmakers more accurate estimates will only be available once studies and designs are at a more ‘mature stage’
  • Veteran surveyor Lau Chun-kong says the government estimate is far from final and just a ‘small part of the total cost’

Hong Kong’s Mai Po wetlands are a magnet for diverse species of birds, but now this natural asset is once again under threat, this time from plans to build an IT hub for its Northern Metropolis.

The flagship developer of tycoon Li Ka-shing has slashed the price of some of the remaining flats at its project in the Northern Metropolis by almost a third compared with when it was first launched in 2021.


Source says firm to consider withdrawing its land exchange applications for border project unless negotiation time for premium extended and commercial sites reduced.

The mixed-use project, close to Fanling and Sheung Shui, will include a residential component with some 2,000 flats. It will cover 150,000 sq ft and will have a total buildable floor area of over 1 million sq ft.

Hong Kong Bird Watching Society, Greenpeace and the Conservancy Association say abandoned fish ponds in area earmarked for tech hub still have ecological value.

The Advisory Council on the Environment has unanimously endorsed the environmental impact assessment report on the San Tin Technopole with eight conditions.

Education Bureau says one academic institution wants to set up international branch to offer self-financed joint programmes with top overseas university partners.

Readers discuss Hong Kong’s plans for an information and technology zone at the northern border, the proposed monthly firework displays, crowds on a bus route popular with tourists, and the need for a better strategy to promote the city.

Development chief Bernadette Linn also says Lantau Tomorrow Vision reclamation works delay will not upset wider strategy to provide 410,000 homes over next 10 years.


PolyU chief says 2.5 million population of Northern Metropolis will need a hospital, highlights university’s strengths in healthcare and artificial intelligence.

The loss in park space includes 90 hectares of fish ponds to be filled for the San Tin Technopole project, a development aimed at attracting tech firms to Hong Kong.

Development minister Bernadette Linn says authorities considering outsourcing part of project to private developers as way to reduce financial burden on government.


‘We think the government’s ‘development first, conservation later’ approach is not a matter of priority, but a revolving door for destruction,’ campaigner says.