20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China: Charming Chun Yeung Street
Many streets with a history of almost 100 years in Hong Kong are still charming after Hong Kong’s return to China 20 years ago. The Chun Yeung Street, one of the scenic spots promoted by Hong Kong Tourism Board, attracts many tourists from the Chinese mainland and other countries and regions.
The east of the Chun Yeung Street is to the Tong Shui Road, and the west connects the North Point. The street, known as ‘Small Fujian’ or ‘Small Shanghai’, has a lot of shops selling China’s Fujian and Shanghai’s typical foods on both sides. As a feature, a tramcar runs along a track in the middle of the street. The tram driver rings the bell to warn pedestrians to dodge so that the tramcar can get through. Another feature of the street is its community where the residents can talk with the vendors and neighbors in southern Fujian dialect or Hokkien dialect.
Back in 1921, capitalists including Guo Chunyang, a wealthy businessman from east China’s Fujian Province, brought a large amount of capital to develop North Point, Hong Kong. Guo bid for a piece of land in North Point and planned to build a sugar factory. However, due to the fallen sugar price, the land was used to build houses to rent. At the beginning, a row of 40 connected buildings appeared on the land, therefore this area was also known as ‘40 houses’.
The Chun Yeung Street with a history of nearly 100 years is still charming after Hong Kong’s return to China 20 years ago. The new buildings and shops on both sides of the clean street impress the tourists. (Photo by Hong Shaokui/CNSPHOTO)
中新社发 洪少葵 摄
( 2017-06-21 )