Posts Tagged ‘HK history’
Tucked away behind the busy streets of Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong’s last professional letter-writers ply a trade that has existed in Hong Kong for more than a hundred years. Their heyday was during colonial times, when many hired their English translation and writing services. The field is in decline now, but the letter writers say they’ll keep on writing.
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.
Scenes of locals protesting against parallel traders outside Sheung Shui station caused a stir back in the Autumn and focused attention on complaints that the traders’ activities have changed the character of the town. But as Varsity discovers, even before Sheung Shui became a hub for such trading activity it had already undergone dramatic transformation from a rural backwater into one of Hong Kong’s so-called new towns.
Hong Kong’s remaining walled villages are an important part of the territory’s heritage and history. But should the desire for preservation trump villagers’ wishes to redevelop their homes?
Hong Kong’s cross-harbour ferries used to be the only mode of transport for crossing the harbour between Kowloon and Hong Kong. The Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry crossing is still an icon of Hong Kong, but the golden days of cross-harbour ferry transport have faded. Varsity looks at the last day of the Hung Hom to Central route and the history of the cross-harbour ferries.
Hong Kong’s barber shops used to be seen as stylish places to get the latest hairstyles and exemplary service. Now, they are seen as antiquated relics of a bygone age. Some Shanghai barbers are refusing to hang up their scissors just yet, but even they know the days of Shanghai barber shops in Hong Kong are numbered.
The streets of Hong Kong were once seen as paved with gold for new migrants from the mainland. But today’s new arrivals are as likely to be coming here for family reasons as to make a better living. Once, mainland immigrants used to try hard to become Hongkongers by learning Cantonese, imitating locals’ behavior. Now, they stress they are Chinese.