Celebrating Hong Kong

Celebrating the spirit of a city

The 11 winners celebrate at the Spirit of Hong Kong Awards ceremony along with Daryl Ng Win-kong (left), executive director of event sponsor Sino Group and SCMP group chief executive Robin Hu (right) and chairman Dr David Pang Ding-jung (second right). Photo: Felix Wong

The Post's Celebrating Hong Kong initiative turned its attention to 11 ordinary people who make an extraordinary contribution as the Spirit of Hong Kong awards reached their finale last week.

Monday, 2 December, 2013, 12:16pm

Taking a bite out of two worlds

Luk Yu in Central is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Journalist, cookbook author and restaurant consultant William Mark first ate there 60 years ago. Photo: Dickson Lee

Up until about 20 years ago, Britain had a bad reputation for its food, around the world and at home. Many people considered it stodgy, underseasoned and unimaginative.

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KMB's 80-year bus journey

KMB buses on the streets of Kowloon in (clockwise from top left) 1923, 1965 and 1975. Photos: KMB. Illustration: Emilio Rivera

As the villages and rice fields that had covered Kowloon for aeons made way for buildings along the first three roads built on the peninsula - Nathan Road, Canton Road and the southern part of Shanghai Street - the need emerged for public transport to serve the booming population.

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Humble bamboo basket takes a cha siu bow

To Wai-pan, of Sum Hing Kee Bamboo Steamer Company, still crafts bamboo steamers by hand. Photo: May Tse

The bamboo steamers in which dim sum is served in Chinese restaurants across the city are hardly mere cookware - they're an essential part of the Hong Kong story.

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Chairmen of the board - Hong Kong's last few chopping block craftsmen toil on

Leung Chun-kit, owner of Lee Hang Cutting Board, goes to work on a block at his shop in Sham Shui Po. Leung has been working in the business for more than 30 years, but says it is doomed. Photo: Nora Tam

The trendiest thing worn at Kwun Tong's Lok Wah market is a bloodstained apron, tucked around the naked beer belly of a balding butcher.

The carnage is striking: layers of pork fat lie in bamboo baskets as flies buzz around bloody pork knuckles and ribs dangling from crude metal hooks.

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The Peak Tram - 125 years of ups and downs

Senior inspector Fan Kwok-chu remembers when drivers would have to signal engine room workers to control the tram. Photo: May Tse

The Peak Tram has become a true Hong Kong icon since it first creaked up the hill from Garden Road, witnessing and reflecting changing times.

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21HK: The chemicals in your water

21HK: The chemicals in your water

This interactive series tells the story of 21st Century Hong Kong - of how we live, and the feats of engineering and infrastructure that make life in this city of over seven million people possible. Over the next few months we explore the ways we deal with our waste, get electricity to power our ideas and how we face the challenges of keeping us moving.

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Angel of Temple Street

Elsa Tse Ngar-yee says if she can make it, so can other addicts. Photo : Felix Wong

Elsa Tse Ngar-yee was a teenage heroin addict and dealer on Yau Ma Tei's Temple Street. Now, a couple of decades later, she is back. Only, this time it is to try to rescue the girls who have taken her place.

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Octogenarian dancer brings cheer to elderly

Nora Ng has been visiting care homes to perform dances for their elderly residents for 21 years. Photo: Annemarie Evans

As 85-year-old Nora Ng Choy-che packs her suitcase, she is not preparing for an exotic vacation in the Bahamas or an island paradise. Instead, she is fetching all the costumes and props she needs for a day with her fans in the nursing home.

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Small miracles: How hundreds of babies left in a squalid orphanage found loving adoptive parents

Chan Kit-ying

They were notoriously called the "dying rooms" where mostly unwanted or orphaned baby girls were sent within state orphanages until the mid-1990s. These babies were a by-product of the mainland's one-child policy.

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From hellhole to centre of excellence

Photos: Martin Chan, David Wong, Edward Wong

"Not all the wealth of the East would have lured us thither." This was what friends of British vice-consul Henry Charles Sirr told him in the 1840s, when the scourge known as "Hong Kong fever" was engulfing the territory, its settlers and new colonists.

In 1843, an estimated 24 per cent of the British garrison in Hong Kong and 105 European residents died of the fever.

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The Hong Kong boxing club working hand in glove with troubled teens

Operation Breakthrough's Liu Kwok-kuen meets former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. Photo: SCMP

Everyone deserves a second chance, and no organisation in Hong Kong believes this more than Operation Breakthrough.

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Help us to celebrate this city's unsung heroes

Help us to celebrate this city's unsung heroes

As part of its Celebrating Hong Kong initiative, the South China Morning Post today launches The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards to celebrate such unsung heroes. Over the next two months we would like nominations from you, our readers. There will be 11 awards, the first 10 all judged on the same criteria by our panel of judges, chaired by former chief secretary Sir David Akers-Jones. The awards can be given to one individual or a deserving team of individuals. The 11th award recipient will be voted for by you and called the Sino Spirit Award.

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Aged cleric still cares for the elderly when others don't

Lee Mo-fan has been helping the elderly for more than half a century, setting up the city's first home for elderly men, and he continues to come to their rescue despite his own advanced age. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Lee Mo-fan's character is best measured through the stories of those he has devoted his life to serving.

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Homeless man, 86, finds a peaceful place to call home

Pastor Lee Mo-fan was delighted to give street sleeper Wong Wah a helping hand. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Partly disabled rough sleeper Wong Wah has no hard feelings towards staff who manhandled him out of a Mong Kok shopping mall last month, despite public outrage.

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