Top 10: If you could live in one historical era, which would you choose and why?

Lucy ChristieCharlie FanRachel WongVivian LeeGerald KohPauline Wong

This week, we asked our readers: If you could live in one historical era, which would you choose and why? Here are our favourite answers

Lucy ChristieCharlie FanRachel WongVivian LeeGerald KohPauline Wong |

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Horrors of war

Definitely the second world war era. I have heard so much about those famous warships and aircraft from that period, it would have been great to have actually seen them in person.

What’s more, I would have seen people suffering during those terrible times and realised why we should do everything possible to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

Jacky Fok, 16, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Three Kingdoms battles

China’s The Three Kingdoms period. First of all, I could meet many brave and fierce generals. Maybe I could have even been friends with Guan Yu! More importantly, I could have seen or even fought in famous wars like the Battle of Red Cliffs, which happened just before the beginning of the Three Kingdoms period. It would be really cool to fight for my country and protect my parents from danger.

Jeffrey Wong, 16, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Taste of prehistoric life

Is the Stone Age an option? I would probably join a tribe and show off my fire-starting skills and also some canned food. That way, my name would be etched in history and science books.

Charlie Fan, 16, Pui Kiu College

Dino mania

I would like to live in the era when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Then I could find out all about the different types of dinosaurs, what they did during the day, and how they became extinct. I could do so many things before I was eaten alive!

Kristy Poon, 10, Beacon Hill School

History lesson

I would choose to live on the mainland during the Cultural Revolution. It is very painful to read about the persecution of intellectuals and upper-class families in the 1960s and 70s. I would have stood up to the radical Red Guards and used morality to defeat evil. If only history could be changed by time travel!

Rachel Wong, 15, St Stephen’s Girls’ College

Poetic justice

It would have to be the Tang Dynasty. In this period, Chinese literature flourished. I would talk with famous poets like Li Bai and ask them how they get inspiration for their writing.

What’s more, woodblock printing first appeared at that time. My favourite form of entertainment, playing cards, also emerged during the Tang Dynasty.

Jack Yip Wing-hang, 20, Hong Kong Baptist University

Revolutionary choice

The Victorian era sounds cool. It would be fun wearing huge wigs and puffy, layered dresses that were very popular during the 19th century. I would also be able to see the Industrial Revolution, which first happened in Britain.

Vivian Lee, 16, Maryknoll Convent School

In the swing of things

I would like to live in 1950s America. At that time, the US was recovering from the second world war and emerging as one of the world’s superpowers. Also, radio was in full swing, and you could listen to musicians such as Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. And young Americans were starting to play a more prominent role in society. It was a truly exciting time.

Gerald Koh, 17, West Island School

State of the art

I would live in the Renaissance era! I am a total arts person, so it would be amazing to live in a period famous for its literature, paintings, sculptures and other kinds of precious creations.

Pauline Wong, 14, Maryknoll Convent School

A roaring life

After reading and watching The Great Gatsby, the “Roaring Twenties” sounds like an incredibly charming era in which to live, particularly in New York. There was amazing jazz music, huge parties, and the fashion sense at the time seemed impeccable.

And of course, to be alive at the same time as F. Scott Fitzgerald, an awe-inspiring writer, is merely the icing on the cake.

Maryam Gul, 16, St Margaret’s Girls’ College, Hong Kong

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