Hong Kong Snapshot (60) – The vanishing old Hong Kong – North Point香港隨拍 (60) 消失中的舊香港 – 北角

in #culture2 years ago

The new and the old, how to choose? What to lose? It’s a hot topic of the whole world recently. When the economy and life of people become better, people start to miss the old things. At the same time, we all know new development is the most important element to develop the society. So, we keep watching the Old vanishes and the New comes.

新與舊,到底如何取捨,成為了各地近年的熱門話題,當經濟越來越好,生活越來越好的時候,人們開始懷念舊事物,但同一時候,大家都知道去舊迎新才是社會繼續進步的元素,所以,我們仍每天看著舊的去,新的來。

Recently, I always go to North Point in Hong Kong Island. One day, when I walked in North Point, I took some photos of the town. When I tidied the photos when I back home, I found some old views of Hong Kong which are vanishing.

最近經常在香港島的北角區遊走,有一次在北角街道走路的時候,就隨處拍了幾張照,回家一看照片,才發覺這裡仍有一些即將消失的香港舊風景。

In 1841, HK Island was colonized by Britain. The British took Central as the center of development. North Point was the fringe of the development: no best development in North Point, but better than those area not developed. In around 1920-30, people from Shanghai and Fujian of China moved to North Point. North Point started to develop rapidly. We could see a lot of residential buildings and entertainment venues. But later the Government started to develop Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok in Kowloon. North Point became an old town again. Today, we can find the old HK in North Point.

1841年,香港島割讓給英國,英國以中環一帶為基本發展,北角區正是當年的「邊緣城市」:即是最好的建設不會在北角,但又未至於不被發展的地區。及後到1920-30年代,大量上海人及福建人移居至北角,北角開始飛速發展,住宅、娛樂場所等不停冒現,但隨著政府開始發展九龍的尖沙咀、旺角一帶,北角亦隨之成為舊區。今天,我們在北角仍看見大家心目中的舊香港。

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Passing through a few streets, I saw lot ofs signboards just above the road. Signboard is a great feature of HK. Many foreigners come to HK just to take the photos of the signboards. But do you know? The HK Government is now limiting the setting up of signboards. We may find that many signboards have been cleared. In few years, we may find no signboards again in Hong Kong.

經過幾條內街,仍見到不少招牌豎立在馬路之上。招牌是香港的一大重要特色,也是外國人十分喜歡的拍攝對像,但大家知道嗎?政府開始立例管制招牌,很多招牌已被清拆,照片中在馬路上方的招牌可能很快就消失不見了。

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Keep walking, I saw a Newsagent's shop. This kind of Newsagent’s shops is full of the characteristic of HK. Actually the life of the shop owners are not good. In the past, they had to pay the protection fee to gangs. Although it is better nowadays, the Government doesn’t issue new hawker license anymore. Also people now are used to buy stuffs in convenience store. These newsagent’s shops are vanishing.

沿路繼續直走,見到一家報紙檔,這些報紙檔也是香港的一大特色,檔主的生活絕不叫好,數十年前他們需要交保護費給黑社會,雖然近年有所改善,但政府已不再簽發新的小販牌照,加上現代人更習慣到便利店,我們亦開始懷念這些買少見少的報紙檔。

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And also Tong Lau. Tong Lau is the building style of the Guangdong and Hong Kong from the late 19th century to mid 20th century. It shows us the fusing of the Chinese and Western building style. In North Point, we can still see different types of Tong Laus built from the 1920’s to 1970’s. I may talk more about it later. So how about after 1970’s? No Tong Laus anymore. We built new western style buildings. Some Tong Laus are lucky to be conserved. And most of them are being rebuild. Tong Laus are going to be history.

還有唐樓,唐樓是廣東一帶以至香港在二十世紀初期至中期的主要建築,體現了東方與西方混合的建築特色,在北角,我們還能夠找到由1920年代至1970年代期間興建的唐樓,每個年代的唐樓都有不同的建築特色,我或會在之後的文章再講多一點點。至於1970年後呢?1970年後我們沒有再建新的唐樓了,轉為較西方化的新式樓宇,有些唐樓較幸運,得以保存,但很多已逐漸被清拆,成為歷史。

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It’s mankind. When life is not good, we wish to have new things. When life becomes good, we wish to preserve the old things. It’s a kind of contradiction but this contradiction builds up culture. Is culture a must? Actually no. But culture builds up our self-identity. Because of culture, we are proud to tell others we are Chinese, we are Japanese, we are the US, we are British…etc. furthermore, we are different from animals because of culture. We build the diversity of human society by culture.

人總是這樣的、生活不好的時候,總希望有新的東西,當生活好了的時候,卻想要保留舊東西,這是一種茅盾,但這種茅盾卻建構了文化。文化是否必須存在?老實說,不是,但文化可建立我們的身份認同,我們因自身的文化而敢於對人說我是中國人、我是日本人、我是美國人、我是英國人…..亦是文化,讓我們有別於其他動物,建立了人類社會的多樣性。

However, we need to agree that the world is facing homogeneity. Places are urbanized. People wear similar clothes, building similar houses, using similar products. Of course, something like foods and religions are still having strong local feature. But the difference is narrower. I may ask, should it be like that? No answer at all. We must learn from the good. The ancient Europe learnt from Greece. The ancient East Asia learnt from China. The modern world learnt from Western. We can’t escape from it. Luckily, some traditional cultures like traditional clothing and custom are still preserved. If not, I will feel regret.

不過,大家都應該同意,全球都開始漸趨單一,越來越多的地區被城市化,穿同樣的衣服,建一樣的高樓大廈,使用同樣的產品,當然,還有很多諸如飲食、宗教等具有強烈的地區特色,但當中的差別也變得少了。我有時會想,事情需要這樣發展嗎?其實這沒有一個肯定的答案,學習好的事物是必然的,古歐洲追隨希臘、古代東亞追隨中國、而近代追隨西方,都是必不可免的,幸而,一些屬於民族的傳統文化,如傳統服裝、習俗等,雖而不再是日常,但仍然被保留,否則,我會覺得很可惜。

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Great post and brings back memory’s of my time there
Although change is good I believe it’s good to also preserve some of the history of the area

it depends on how to balance.

Sadly the balance is often decided based on how much money they can make

Hello @aaronli

In as much as I will go for current events, a touch at oldies won't be back.

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yes. we miss the oldies. but at the same time, do the oldies valuable to be kept? we should think about it.

去香港总是购物,却从来没有关注过它的历史。

哈哈,香港的東西很貴,我都是淘寶XD

化妆品数码产品比大陆的便宜多了

你一说招牌,忽然想起来十几年前看古惑仔的时候,凡是打架的地方一定有招牌。近些年郭富城的电影中,确实罕有招牌的出现。对于大陆人来说或许招牌代表的是一个逝去的时代。

地球村的到来,越来越近了。

香港現在變成了商場的時代

I think it is all about having the balance between the modern and the old ways and in some way combine the two. I visited Napoli this past weekend and I loved how they incorporated the old architecture and the new. I will soon write about it.

As far, as people all wearing the same clothes. People are bombarded with these advertisements every day and I believe if influences the way generations think, act, and in the dress. Of course, it varies from a person to a person. But, for me personally, I wear what I like no matter if the trend is different. So many people wear stuff today just because everybody else does the same. They just want to fit in. But, there should be a balance no doubt.

Great post, it can be a subject for further discussion, but this is my humble opinion about it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a great day. :)

Thanks!

For example in HK teenagers now all follow the dressing of the Korean Star. In my opinion, wearing any clothing is ok but the bottom line is, we should know how the traditional clothes is.

It is all about the influence of the media my friend. But, I agree with you. Kids today are like this pretty much everywhere in the world. Forgetting about traditional clothes and most importantly values.

不知道為什麼很喜歡香港,去了很多次,變化很快每次去都有不同的新發現,但也發現很多消失的小店,以及越來越多一樣的店(例如周大福),謝謝你把這些香港的面貌記錄下來,私心的希望老香港的痕跡能被保留下來。

謝謝你的留言~現在的確很多周大福哈哈
有機會再來一下香港吧~

又見繼園街~

那麼有記性~·

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