Exhibition dates: 10.12.2009 - 05.04.2010
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Seven districts with seven stories to tell - MTR passengers can now enjoy a stirring, narrative of the history of seven Hong Kong districts through displays of old photographs put up today (10 December 2009) at one MTR station in each district* plus an exhibition in the mini-art gallery at Central Station.'
The Legislative Council Building in its former role as the High Court, children getting a haircut at a street-side barber, fun at the former Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park and people hanging out at old tea houses are just some of the images bringing back memories of old Hong Kong. The nostalgic displays are part of the MTR Corporation's "History Alive - Hong Kong Journeys" project launched to retrace Hong Kong's past with passengers as the railway celebrates its own 30-year history.
"In the blink of an eye, the MTR has also become a part of Hong Kong's collective memory," said Dr Raymond K F Ch'ien, Chairman of the MTR Corporation at the unveiling ceremony today. "Our philosophy has always been that when we build new railways for tomorrow, we must ensure they can stand the test of time so we can sustain what good things we have today for future generations."
It is hoped the 'History Alive' project will also enable Hong Kong youngsters to learn more about how the city developed into an international finance centre while offering interesting insights about the city's culture to visitors.
To support the Government's Conserving Central initiative, the "History Alive - Hong Kong Journeys" project is also holding a special exhibition featuring old photographs of Central and everyday items nostalgic of the way Hong Kong people used to eat, dress, live and travel at "arttube" (near Entrance/Exit J of Central Station) until 5 April 2010.
The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam, Secretary for Development officiated at the unveiling ceremony with Dr Ch'ien.