Unveiled – China’s New Spy Station in Hong Kong

OSIMINT (02DEC13) SIGINT Hong Kong

PLA's New Geodesic Dome  in HK

Ian Cameron writing for IHS Jane’s reports on the PLA’s  latest SIGINT station on top of Hong Kong’s tallest mountain, the 957 m-high peak of Tai Mo Shan. It would appear the new installation was built sometime in 2010 with the first imagery confirmation observed in Google Earth in 2011. It is thought the facility has been in operation for approximately three years. To date, the PLA has not publicly commented on the facility’s purpose and Hong Kong’s Development Bureau declined to comment on whether the site was a short-term tenancy or private treaty grant.

In addition to the station, the PLA currently occupies 18 military sites in Hong Kong covering 2,700 hectares that were transferred from the British Army as Military Installations Closed Areas (MICA) in 1997.