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Monday, July 30, 2007 

Star Ferry and Queen's Pier: So Sad to See You Go...


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Originally uploaded by chong head

Chong Head's photostream: "The Queen's Pier is an important public space and historical building in Hong Kong. It is a part of the architectural complex built in the 1950s and 1960s when this city came into its modern age despite under the colonial rule. It was place for the arrival of the English royalties and colonial governors. Since the late 1960s, it has become a gathering place for ordinary people. Now the Hong Kong government is going to demolish it for making more rooms for real-estate developers and the commercial sector. A group of people have fought for over eight months to preserve it and attempt to stop the government's bulldozers. It has become the most famous historical preservation movement in Hong Kong history. This illustration is depicting a queen-like girl sitting on the roof the pier."

I am kind of aware that Star Ferry has ceased operating for quite a while. But little did I know that the entire Star Ferry Pier in Central has been demolished to make way for reclamation. I am shock and feel a great sense of loss. The Star Ferry, the Pier and its surroundings (Maxim fast food store, the SCMP bookstore, the taxi and minibus stands, etc.) were all a part of my life.

Equally shock is that very soon, Queen's Pier, a place I also used to walk by quite often, will be gone as well and will only exist in people's memory.

All these brings back the memory of another complete destruction of a neighborhood that I once lived in. Although that destruction brought a much nicer looking neighborhood, I hate to see the complete disappearance of a familiar place, and the people and their way of life that made that place so special and so dear to heart.

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seem that HK goverment also got the habit of not-respecting-the-history :(

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