Walking tours of old Hong Kong have much to teach young generation
I am writing in response to the article, “Walking tours of Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan and Kowloon City aim to keep memories of old Hong Kong alive” (July 28).
Old neighbourhoods such as Kowloon City and To Kwa Wan can seem dilapidated and are also home to an ageing demographic. Therefore, the government would like to rejuvenate these areas through redevelopment. But I believe such reconstruction can be a double-edged sword. Redevelopment would help these districts keep pace with society, but many traditional buildings and therefore stories about old Hong Kong may also disappear. Many of our younger generation know nothing about them, so it would be a pity if a part of Hong Kong history disappeared forever in this way.
Old buildings are representative of the Hong Kong spirit, of its gritty past that helped it thrive. They are part of our collective memory. As a teenager, I would like to learn more about old Hong Kong because this is something that I cannot learn through lessons in school.
And I think these old districts have so much to teach us about our culture and past. I welcome the initiative to conduct walking tours of such districts. It would let not only tourists but also locals see the real Hong Kong and learn about its hidden history.
Lastly, to preserve our history, I urge that we find a balance between development and conservation.
Jordan Chan, Tseung Kwan O