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Race to save Hong Kong's wartime relics

Growing interest spurs new interest in region's World War II heritage sites

A pillbox built by the Japanese army on a British-made artillery observation post commands a sweeping view of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. (Takeshi Kihara)

HONG KONG -- Nestled among Hong Kong's many hills are military relics that tell a graphic tale of the region's wartime history, but which have been neglected and left exposed to damage by the elements.

Among them is an artillery observation post built by the British colonial authorities in 1936-38 on Braemar Hill, an area now famous for its luxury mansions and skyrocketing prices. The site came to light after being identified by professor Lawrence Lai, an expert in urban planning in the University of Hong Kong's real estate and construction department.

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