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The “Disappearing” Buildings in Hong Kong (VI) — 92-year-old Chinese Tenement Stays Sturdy After Truck Crash

Yau Tsim Mong District is the smallest district in Hong Kong. Formerly the two districts – Yau Tsim District and Mong Kok District were combined in 1994 as today’s Yau Tsim Mong District. Hong Kong government developed the south of Public Square Street in Yau Ma Tei since 1876. Station Street (today’s Shanghai Street) and Temple Street were then open …

Doris So - June 21, 2017

The “Disappearing” Buildings in Hong Kong (V) — Sham Shui Po Downgraded Historic Building

Sham Shui Po is a perfect place for buying electronic parts, cheap products and antiques. In addition to shopping, Sham Shui Po is a place with a high density of old buildings. So, we’ve brought you five valuable historic buildings in Sham Shui Po. 117-125 Nam Cheong Street 117-125 Nam Cheong Street is the largest group of tenement houses in …

Doris So - March 28, 2017

[Hi! Houses] Hong Kong Old Houses X Contemporary Art

Some of the old houses in Hong Kong are conserved in the form of museums that preserve and present the original or period furniture and artifacts inside. People start getting unfamiliar and unconnected to the things that belong to the previous centuries along with the rapid development. The Art Promotion Office presents a project called “Hi! Houses” that aims to make …

Doris So - March 24, 2017

The “Disappearing” Buildings in Hong Kong (IV) – The Not-being-graded Tenement House in Central

120 Wellington Street, Central It is estimated that the tenement at 120 Wellington Street has a long history of 137 years, which becomes the very last existing tenement among the first generation tenements in Hong Kong. Before the tenement being emptied, it was occupied by Wing Wo grocery store, which had been operated for 80 years. As 120 Wellington Street …

Doris So - March 9, 2017

The ‘Disappearing’ Buildings in Hong Kong (II) – The Forbidden Public House in Tsing Yi

Tsing Yi is an island in Hong Kong. It has been developed into a new town with numerous malls, recreational facilities and residential buildings. There are still some unique traditions preserved amongst Tsing Yi inhabitants. For example, the male members of the indigenous inhabitants have the rights to apply for Ting Uk and to inherit properties. Tsing Yi holds Tsing …

Doris So - February 21, 2017

The ‘Disappearing’ Buildings (I) – a 600-year-old Village in Tsuen Wan?!

Hong Kong has rapidly developed from a fishing port some 170 years ago to nowadays a major international financial centre. The trace of the old Hong Kong can hardly be seen due to the rapid development and the unceasing projects of urban renewal. The large scale redevelopment projects namely Kwun Tong Town Centre Project will soon turn Kwun Tong into …

Doris So - February 15, 2017

10 Things You Should Avoid Doing During Lunar New Year

It is nearly the end of the “Monkey” year and here comes the “Rooster” year! There are numerous traditions about Lunar New Year and they still exist in Hong Kong nowadays. Things should be done during the festival can be familiar with most of you, such as wearing articles of red clothes as red symbolizes luck, and giving out red …

Doris So - January 24, 2017