If you could rename your neighbourhood, what would the new name be?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2012, 12:00am


Doris Lam, 15, St Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary and Primary School

I would rename it Hard Working Youths. Trust me, if you've ever been to my neighbourhood, you would understand. My whole neighbourhood is filled with after-school academic enrichment programmes.

Then there are talent classes, too: piano courses, drawing classes ... you name it! We students come home from school but rush back down to go for enrichment or talent classes. We're hard-working, for sure.

Mildred Cheng, 14, German Swiss International School

I'd name it Park Green because my neighbourhood is more of an 'environmentally friendly' place. Cars are not allowed there but buses are - to reduce the pollution.

The name sums up my area. Everywhere you look, there are trees, trees, and more trees. One can never get enough fresh air, right?

Minnie Yip Ming-yuen, 14, Diocesan Girls' School

Eros. The name is from Greek mythology. Eros is a young god and the son of Aphrodite. The word means 'love' in Greek.

Calling a place Eros would help create harmony and peace, add warmth and colour to the place, and fill it with joy.

The name is also special and has a pleasant sound.

Vivian Shum, 17, Diocesan Girls' School

If I could rename my district, it would be Utopia. To me, Sha Tin is a land of paradise. Unlike hectic Central or Mong Kok, Sha Tin is a very peaceful and calm area. Green hills and running water are what would appear in a master's painting of the city. The name Utopia would fit Sha Tin well as a quiet oasis in a busy city.

Mizuki Nishiyama, 13, Canadian International School

If I could rename my district I would call it Rosewood - after the setting of the American television series Pretty Little Liars. I like the feeling the name evokes: woods with a brown-green maze of trees. The word 'rose' adds a romantic feeling to the word.

I think the two words are the perfect combination!

Elise Choi Ho-yee, 18, Sai Kung Sung Tsun Catholic School (Secondary Section)

I would name it The Secret Garden instead of Sai Kung. Surrounded by trees and the sea, Sai Kung is known for its glamorous environment. It shows the hidden beauty of Hong Kong. Although Sai Kung has two geoparks, a lot of species and unique landscapes are still waiting to be discovered.

Zareen Chiba, 18, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

Tai Shui Hang's name means Great Aqueduct or Water Trench. That really does not do the tranquil and picturesque area justice. The area is my personal Rivendell. For practical purposes, though, I would call it Shing Mun Chuen: 'The river that flows through the city gates.'

Yasmin Subba, 16, Sha Tin College

I'd rename my district Diagon Alley, from Harry Potter's world. It is a popular shopping destination for wizards in Britain.

My Diagon Alley would have cooler, crazier and quirkier goods for sale than any other district. That would be pretty awesome for me.

Martin Chow, 18, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Yaotin. Yao is Putonghua for 'medicine', and I prefer Putonghua over Cantonese. In my neighbourhood, pharmacies are all over the place, even more than 7-Elevens or McDonald's. 'Tin' means field, and yes, the dispensaries are packed as closely together as crops in fields.

Thichachon Jaipakdee, 17, St Paul's Convent School

I live in Clear Water Bay and I wouldn't want to rename it. The name already sums up the district: we have beaches with clear water.

Changing the name of the place would distort the essence of the place. I think the name Clear Water Bay is charming.