‘Let’s Go’ CulturAL Tour
第一團 Session 1 | 2PM-3:30pm
第二團 Session 2 | 4pm-5:30pm
FUK LOI ESTATE, 55 HOI PA STREET, TSUEN WAN, HONG KONG
Tsuen Wan, one of the long-established new towns, has a close tie with the development of textile and various industries in Hong Kong. History is more than what has been written; it is how we interpret and then relate to our daily lifes. This series of cultural tour, co-organized by MILL6 and The Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage (CACHe), comprises oral history, archive and field research under three thematic routes namely ‘Industry and Urban Development’, ‘Tale of Tsuen Wan’ and ‘Textile Now and Then’. The routes would interlink the fascinating vignettes of industrial life and the small talk within the community.
'Little Manchester' as it was called, Tsuen Wan was a classic example of post-war industrial society. In 1966, over half of all textile mills were located around Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung. When there are people there are stories. Let's listen to the lesser known tales.
Tales of Tsuen Wan
Tsuen Wan was inhabited by Hakka fishing folk shortly after the evacuation of Qing Dynasty. With its proximity to Kowloon and Victoria Harbour, this town in the New Territories became a fast-growing cluster. The development of Tsuen Wan was a reminiscence of Hong Kong as a whole since the British colonization in 1898. Chinese entrepreneurs, new immigrants from Southern China, religious groups and local villagers formed a diverse community with lots of interaction and tension.
This route not only shows a glimpse of New Territories history, but also traces back the development of the town.
Industry and Urban Development
After the Japanese occupation in 1945, the British colonial government and the entrepreneurs jointly kicked off planning and building of public infrastructure and industrial production in Tsuen Wan. Hence speeding up the urbanization and the formation of a self-contained district. Changes intensify when urban redevelopment plan were implemented after post-industrial era.
This route covers old villages, public housing estates and industrial area - a progressive change of Tsuen Wan across different phases of time.
Textile Now and Then
In 1950s, China was in a volatile situation. Entrepreneurs from Southern China flushed into Hong Kong with their money and knowledge in manufacturing. The timely policy by the colonial government and the geographic advantage made Tsuen Wan a promising area for textile merchants and manufactures. Factories were built along Castle Peak Road, Tai Chung Road and around Chai Wan Kok Street, and this was how the district had flourished and declined when the manufacturing industry vacated Hong Kong in 1990s.
This route covers factory areas which have gone through the ups and downs of textile industry, followed by a visit to a lively community where sewing and weaving are still carry on.
Two sessions of ‘Tsuen Wan Cultural Tour’ will be held on Aug 19, free for public to join. Please RSVP via the link below before 10 Aug. Successful applicants will receive a confirmation email.
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