Top 10: If you could change the colour of one thing, what would it be, and why?

  • Our readers share the things they wish to be different colours, such as red mosquitos and the green health code in mainland China
  • This week’s question: What is one thing that you still have from your childhood?
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Wouldn’t it be nice to make all rain the colour of the rainbow? Photo: Shutterstock

This week’s question: What is one thing that you still have from your childhood?

To take part, drop us a line via this form or email us at [email protected] by 11.59pm on October 12. Tell us your name, age and school.

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Eunice Lee Yat-kiu, 13, SKH Tsang Shiu Tim Secondary School: Mosquitoes are tiny, black insects that can easily blend into the environment, especially at night, so it’s difficult for people to notice them. So, I wish they could be a bright red colour, which represents danger. It would make mosquitoes stand out from their surroundings, allowing people to swat them away more easily.

Ashley Huang Yin-hei, 13, Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College: The colour of mainland China’s health code. I want to turn red into green, which means that everyone has had a negative nucleic acid test result and is free to travel around the country or go abroad. With the green code, life can return to normal, and I can go back to the mainland to see my family without having to quarantine in a hotel.

Women wearing face masks use their smartphones to scan health check QR codes before boarding a bus in Beijing. Photo: AP

Suri Chan Tin-wing, 16, Yan Chai Hospital Law Chan Chor Si College: The colour of the rain. I believe most people feel gloomy during heavy rain. So why not change its colour to that of a rainbow? It represents hope and success. So when it rains, all of your sadness and bad feelings will be washed away, leaving only complete happiness and great joy.

Leung Cheuk-kiu, 14, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College: Apart from the stars, there are some beautiful views that we can only enjoy at night, such as Hong Kong’s signature neon signs. Therefore, I would like to darken the blue sky to protect our city’s lively night scene.

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Ava Sze Ching-yin, 12, St Paul’s Co-educational College: The colour of our skin. Racism and discrimination based on our skin colour is happening all around us. By changing our skin to the same colour, we can prevent people from categorising others and thus create a peaceful world.

Jerry Tang Chi-hin, 15, Buddhist Tai Hung College: The colour of my revision notes. It can be very dull staring at a pile of black and white notes every day. I would be more motivated if they were, for example, yellow and green. It would give me a better chance of getting good grades on my exam.

Make your study schedule and notes a bit more colourful with some highlighters! Photo: Shutterstock

Leung Lik-hang, 15, Pui Kiu College: I would change the colour of traffic lights. Red-green colour blindness is the most common type of colour deficiency in humans. This could pose serious problems for drivers and passengers alike, so I would like to change the colours to white and brown.

Jamie Sze Pak-wai, 14, Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School: The world of the blind. Most blind people cannot see any colours except for black. Therefore, I would like to change the darkness into more cheerful colours, such as yellow and orange. Then they would feel less helpless and have more hope for the future.

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Chloe Cheng Tsam-yi, 11, Chiu Chow Association Secondary School: The colour of the failing grades on my report card. If I could change the red marks to black, my parents wouldn’t notice that I had failed the test. Then I would not have to deal with their disappointment and academic stress.

Clara Yu Fei, 13, Valtorta College: I would change the colour of the Grim Reaper – a figure commonly used to represent death – from black to gold. Most people use black to represent death, but it is not something that we should be afraid of. Gold reminds us of the highest honour in the Olympic Games, so it would be uplifting and celebrate the completion of life. It’s also similar to the colour yellow, which represents happiness. So gold is the best colour for the Grim Reaper.

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