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Old Hong Kong

Throughout its history, Hong Kong has been a place of ever-changing contours and skylines as well as home to a great variety of people. Here we present columns, photo galleries and stories about people who've lived in and helped shape Hong Kong, buildings preserved and long vanished, historical events, the city's changing culture and how the past shapes the present.

Rescuers search for survivors at the scene of the fire in 1996. Picture: SCMP

When deadly Hong Kong hill fire killed five on a school hike

The Pat Sin Leng Country Park fire was sparked by cigarettes or a lighter used by some of the studentsas well as those killed, five survivors suffered severe burns. The 1996 fire prompted a tightening of park safety.