Temple Street Fortunes

Street scenes from an iconic Hong Kong market By Stephanie Chan, Christine Tai and Jennifer Xu

Hard To Say Goodbye

Wah Fu Estate, with its ocean views, spectacular sunsets, fresh sea breezes and a Pok Fu Lam address, is not a luxury residential complex but a public housing estate with 18 concrete blocks. When it welcomed its first low-income residents in 1967, the area was a remote backwater. Now with land scarce and housing in short supply, Wah Fu faces what some consider to be long-overdue revelopment. Still, many residents will miss the old days and the ties that bind in this old Hong Kong community.
Thanks to its rich natural resources and access to quality shrimps, Tai O has been renowned for its scrumptious shrimp paste. But the ban on trawling has shifted the production line to the Mainland. Varsity asks long-established brands how they see the future of their businesses.
Meet the lounge singers of Temple Street, who tell us why they keep singing the familiar tunes of yesteryear - to make a living and for the love of singing.

Sweet Survival

Honey bees around the world are under threat from a mysterious condition called colony collapse disorder where worker bees abandon their hives. But here in Hong Kong, the destruction of sources of nectar, such as fruit trees may be a bigger danger.
Hardcore K-pop fans in Hong Kong have gone far beyond paying for concert tickets; now they give out souvenirs, ask concert-goers to practice the lyrics of hits, and even order birthday cakes for their idols.

Stitching Back in Time

Reporter:Phoebe Man and Phyllis Lee

Re-living World War II

In our city of skyscrapers, many people might be surprised to learn that many relics from World War II still survive. Without proper heritage protection, many of these historical structures are slowly eroding or being reclaimed by nature. With their deterioration and the passing of veterans who fought in the war, an important part of Hong Kong's history is fading away.
Imagine living by the beach in Stanley and practising canoeing and windsurfing as part of your school sports activities. This is not just the preserve of the rich and privileged elite, but also for the boys from the Hong Kong Sea School. Students at the school are mainly academically lower-achieving boys from underprivileged backgrounds. The school's maritime-based curriculum and strict discipline are designed to train them jobs in the maritime and hospitality industries.
Traditional Chinese paper crafts have been used in funeral rites, ancestor worship and temple festivals for centuries. But in Hong Kong, the craft is being kept alive by masters who are branching out into modern uses of this ancient art - breaking taboos to use their skills to make decorations and furnishings.
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