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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

HK Palace Museum to open

The Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) announced today that it will open to the public on July 2, with general admission tickets for adults priced at $50 and concession tickets at $25.   There are nine galleries at the museum. Seven of them will host thematic exhibitions and the remaining two are devoted to special exhibitions.   People with a general admission ticket can visit thematic exhibitions, while those holding a special exhibition ticket can tour all of the galleries.   An adult special exhibition ticket costs $120, while a concession ticket is $60.   Concession tickets are available to full-time students, children aged seven to 11, citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and one accompanying carer, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.   Admission for children aged six or below is free.   To celebrate the museum's opening, the thematic exhibitions will be free of charge every Wednesday during its first year. Visitors are required to register online for free admission.    The museum will also set aside about 150,000 general admission tickets for underprivileged groups. Sponsorships have been secured for procuring about 100,000 tickets for corporates and other organisations for distribution. The museum will strive to achieve the target.   On-site ticket sales will not be available for the first three months after the museum’s opening. Visitors have to purchase tickets in advance through the HKPM website, West Kowloon Cultural District website and West Kowloon Cultural District app. Admission tickets will be available for online purchase from June 14.
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