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Neighbourhood Sounds

Take a walk with SCMP reporters through Hong Kong's diverse communities in the Neighbourhood Sounds series. 

Tai O: The Venice of Hong Kong is stilt standing

Weathered by storms, hit by landslides and threatened by Hong Kong's rapid change and development, Tai O's locals rely on their own resources to survive.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 10:16am

Kowloon City: from 'den of evil' to lush gardens

Growing up in the Kowloon Walled City, Albert Ng Kam-po and his friends would go to the roof and fly kites that could almost scrape the bellies of airliners as they descended to Kai Tak airport across the street.

"We didn't know it was so dangerous," says Ng, 45, a pastor at the English-speaking Island Evangelical Community Church in Quarry Bay.

10 Jul 2013 - 10:17am

Skyscrapers of Victoria Harbour - built to display wealth and power

Hong Kong is an architects' playground. Against a backdrop of steep hills and framing the city's crown jewel that is Victoria Harbour stand impossibly tall structures, packed as tightly as trees in a jungle - a testament to wealth and power.

22 May 2013 - 6:02pm

Hongkongers cherish shoreline memories of Victoria Harbour (video)

The tram tracks once ran along Hong Kong Island's shoreline and where Tsim Sha Tsui's row of seafront hotels now lies, was the landmark shipping terminal "Blue Funnel", where sampans and tugboats crowded the waterfront.

22 May 2013 - 5:48pm 2 comments

Ma Wan: an island losing heritage to modernity

Ma Wan is a bit of an anomaly. Measuring a little less than a square kilometre, the island is a hodge-podge of structures chronicling different eras.

28 Dec 2012 - 5:21am

Coloane's old world charms still beating strong

As Macau celebrated its 13th anniversary of the handover yesterday, long-time Coloane residents like Choi looked back to a time when the former Portuguese colony was home to many hardworking fishermen.

21 Dec 2012 - 1:50pm 2 comments

Stanley: It was tough for the colonial convicts

The room went silent as the cane came down with a sharp crack on a hard wooden surface. That's what used to happen to prisoners in Hong Kong's jails, said a museum guide to a fascinated group of pupils. He had their full attention.

14 Dec 2012 - 2:45pm

Characters who have spent time in Stanley prison

Out on a bluff just 20 minutes' walk from the tourist hordes of Stanley Market, sits Stanley Prison - home to some of the city's most colourful criminals.

The Gangster: Yip Kai-foon "Teeth Dog"

14 Dec 2012 - 3:50am

Jordan, home to a battling Nepali community

Tourists and shoppers throng Nathan Road. But life is very different in the densely populated blocks down to the site of the former Jordan Road pier. In the day, elderly Chinese men lean on their canes, sitting in Jordan's small public parks, while shrieking children play.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:53am

Tsing Yi's history is a bridge to the past

With its well-developed transport hubs, public amenities and fresh air, many Hongkongers may see Tsing Yi as an ideal place in which to live and raise a family.

Sixty years ago, however, while the air would have been even fresher, transport was much less convenient: the only way off the island was a one-hour trip by rowing boat to Tsuen Wan.

30 Nov 2012 - 3:26am