Leung Yuen-to, 55, has fond memories of the days he lived among the prostitutes and drug addicts of the Kowloon Walled City; From Kowloon City to Tuen Mun Fare: $282.60 I used to live in the Kowloon Walled City, which was a notorious nest of drug divans, criminal hideouts, vice dens and even cheap, unlicensed dentists. I grew up there as a child and I felt quite safe when I lived there, although outsiders thought it was a very dangerous place. Kowloon Walled City was in fact a very friendly neighbourhood. It was true there were many prostitutes, but they were all very friendly and nice to children. I still remember playing games with them when I was a child. Prostitutes are also human beings and I believe they are just as normal as us; the only difference is that most people in society despise their profession. Many drug addicts lived in the Kowloon Walled City so they would not be caught by police. They never stole things from us; they only stole things from people who lived outside the walled city. They all made a living by stealing things so they could have money to buy drugs. Although the walled city residents were all very friendly and nice, the environment inside was filthy and dark. Rubbish piling up and dirty water dripping were common sights. I moved out of the Kowloon Walled City 13 years ago and it was also the first time I was interviewed by the South China Morning Post. I cannot believe that after 13 years I have another chance to be interviewed by the Post. I still have that newspaper clipping at home. Many government officials, including some who flew from Britain, visited my new home after my family moved out of the walled city. We were rehoused at a public housing estate near the walled city. Our flat was an example for the colonial government to brag about what good it had done to improve the living conditions of residents of the walled city. My family led those government officials and reporters inside our flat for photo taking and interviews. Those were the days. Today I drove three teenagers to Lok Ma Chau. They told me they were all about 18 or 19 years old. They said they went to Shenzhen to fool around with prostitutes and they even invited me to join them. I feel very upset; they are so young and they are wasting their youth and time on doing stupid things. You may wonder where they get money for fooling around on the mainland. Although they make only $2,000 to $3,000 a month it is already good enough, as they said they had to spend only about $300 to hang around in Shenzhen, including having sex services. The cost of living on the mainland is really low. I am worried that they might contract sexual diseases when having fun on the mainland and spread diseases in Hong Kong when they decide to pick some local girls to be their girlfriends. I once drove a police officer and he told me people nowadays had no respect for the police force. Youngsters generally have no respect for the so-called authority figures such as their parents, teachers and even police. Some evening-class teachers who work in Kowloon City are my regular customers. They also told me teaching was a very tough job, as teenagers, even university students, nowadays had no respect for teachers. Apart from the naughty kids, they also feel very frustrated about the education reform that features life-long learning. They all support life-long learning but their supervisors often push them too hard and the reform is killing them. I have no faith in the education system. I told my three daughters to have only one child and to save up for their children so they could send their kids to study overseas. The education system is just chaotic. It is very expensive to send a child to study in other countries, so having one child is enough.