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The Chinese colloquial term for a male heir.
The Ding Grant.
The Hong Kong British government began to
develop the New Territories (NT) in 1972
Facing strong opposition
from the NT indigenous.
...residents the government
granted them a privilege.
build Ding a house on premium-free land.
Up to 3 stories high, each
You created a miracle, Uncle To.
The villagers were united.
I was just their spokesman.
You accomplished a lot!
The Ding House Policy...
...has kept things stable for decades.
The number of Dings in the N has grown to more than 200,000 Dings.
Hong Kong (HK) is short of land.
If every Ding builds a house... Ding.
...it'd be a waste of land.
And it's unfair to other HK people.
So the Ding House Policy...
...has run its course.
You met with officials yesterday.
...and treat me to a drink today.
You must have good news.
The government will stop...
...authorizing Ding Houses...
...from next year onwards.
And in exchange?
We're allowed to...
...pool our rights...
...and put up 30-storey buildings...
...in the form of co-ops.
With each Ding Grant...
...you can build...
...one 1600-square-feet apartment.
In other words...
...a 1600-square-feet luxury flat.
So, over 100,000 Ding Grants...
...means over 100,000 luxury flats.
Welcome to big-time property development.
But building a high-rise is harder than
putting up a Ding House.
Without financial support from you...
...a bumpkin like me...
would be helpless.
You're too kind!
What about the Legislative Council?
We'll return any surplus land...
...to the government...
what about the local property tycoons?
What would they say?
With you in the picture, Wan...
HK is happy.
Right, harmony is paramount.
We've pooled more than 500 grants already.
With an official green
light, we can start works.
Mr Wan will have to.
...invest $720 million in our company.
We'll need the extra $200 million...
...because there'll be bribes to pay.
when we sell the flats.
...is a sensitive issue Ding high-rise.
if it isn't worth their while.
Whatever your ways may be...
I don't know...
...and I don't care.
Uncle To and I are talking billions.
Is something else worrying you?
Today is Mid-Autumn Festival, cheers!
That brother of yours, Yuen.
Where is he tonight?
Well, he's been quite busy.
for Ding high-rise...
Yuen own the biggest piece of land.
He's been close with Szeto from
the Developers Association.
And Szeto represents
The Ding high-rises will devalue.
...the lands... Ding high-rises.
...they've been hoarding for years.
Their only hope of scuppering
the plan lies with Yuen.
We'll talk to him, don't worry!
You're welcome to eat here...
...but not talk here.
Come on, Yuen, we need to talk!
There's nothing to talk about!
I've heard that...
...he can be a bit difficult.
What's there to say?
If Yuen's land goes to Szeto's hands...
If Szeto gets that land...
...not wanting trouble, the government...
will ask us to handle it peacefully.
In that case...
I'd be in no position to say anything.
We'd have to give the tycoons...
...parts of our Ding high-rise
project Ding high-rise.
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