Hong Kong

The risks of selling our heritage

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 July, 2009, 12:00am

A French transport giant recently bought a 50 per cent stake in Hong Kong Tramways, turning a new page in the city's 100-year-old transport system.

As a Hongkonger, it is reassuring to see the tram service enhanced, as long as the vehicles' traditional appearance and the low prices remain unchanged.

I believe the tram is one of the most valuable pieces of Hong Kong's heritage, reflecting the city's unique fusion of new and old. It is also a great way to see the city, and is popular with tourists.

As time passes, old things are replaced by new ones. I think what we should do is not object to change, but embrace it, and hope elements of what makes Hong Kong special remain.

Rene Lam, Hang Seng School of Commerce

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Rene. Hong Kong has the largest double-decker fleet of trams in the world. They have been carrying Hongkongers for more than 100 years and are a cheap and clean method of transport.

Hence, it was understandable that people had mixed feelings when the French company Veolia bought in to what is seen by many as part of our heritage.

So far not much has changed and it seems all the angst was for nothing. Therefore, let's enjoy our history and heritage and go for a tram ride without worrying about what will happen in the future.

Susan, Editor