Your Strava data for Run For Good may be on the cloud, the run itself is totally down-to-earth. We picked checkpoints in four communities for you to explore. Not only can you enjoy a nice run to stay healthy in the pandemic, you also get to know about these communities and the different lifestyles of people living there by visiting these special places.
非常感謝香港電車對 「為口奔馳慈善線上跑2021」 的鼎力支持，尤其慷慨贊助了電車車身廣告，讓 「為口奔馳」 走遍全港島東西！
熱烈恭賀香港電車今年117 周年誌慶，並於七月躍身成為 「最大的服務中的雙層電車車隊」 的世界紀錄保持者！按此了解更多！
Big thanks to Hong Kong Tramways for their tremendous support for our event, especially for sponsoring the fabulous tram advertisement running on the Hong Kong Island!
Huge congratulations to their 117th anniversary and being awarded the World Record of the “largest double-decker tram fleet in service” just this July! Click here to find out more.
灣仔一名的由來是因為它以前確是一個小海灣，由東至西有數條主要幹道，代表了不同時間填海造地的形成新的海岸線，由海岸線由山邊皇后大道東（望海觀音廟）一次又一次往北移，首先便是莊士敦道，電車路軌把第一次填海的海岸線 (1890年代 – 1920年代)勾勒出來，後來是告士打道 (1930年代-1970年代) 會議道 (1980年代-1990年代)新得來的土地滿足了當時住屋、商業發展、及交通需要。
現在灣仔舊樓之中最出名的當屬石水渠街的藍屋，是少數僅存的二戰前落成的樓字，落成於 1922 年，是香港少數現存有木樓梯及露台建築的唐樓，連同鄰近的橙屋及黃屋，好像把時光定格在黑白片時代。現在大家看到的藍屋已經修葺，不要以為是只剩下空殼的景點，它是香港首次採用「留屋留人」的方式來活化舊建築，包括藍屋、黃屋及橙屋的 14 戶居民繼續留住。為舊區活化覓得一個新方向。
‘Wan Chai’ was once a bay (pronounced as “Hoi Wan” in Chinese) a hundred years ago, and this gave the district its name. The few main highways running from east to west represent the new coastlines formed by reclamation throughout the years. The coastline first extended from Queen’s Road East (Wan Chai Hung Shing Temple) to Johnston Road, and the tramway tracks outlined the coastline of the first reclamation (1890s – 1920s), and Gloucester Road (1930s – 1970s) and Convention Avenue (1980s – 1990s) marked new frontiers of lands reclaimed throughout the years, which satisfied the needs of housing, business development and transport.
As Wan Chai is in the proximity of Central, it is the earliest urban area to be developed. The district has always been a community for the Chinese, in contrast to the Central and Western District which was home to expatriates in general. In the early days, locals working on Hong Kong Island either lived in Sai Wan, or Ha Wan (i.e. Wan Chai), and they mainly resided in Tong Lau, many of which have been demolished for redevelopment in the past few decades.
The most famous old building still standing in Wan Chai is undoubtedly ‘Blue House’ on the Stone Nullah Lane built before the Second World War. Erected in 1922, it is one of the few Tong Lau which feature wooden staircases and balconies. Structures like Orange House and Yellow House in the neighbourhood of Blue House are what you will typically find in black and white movies. The Blue House that we see nowadays has been renovated, but it is not good only for a visitor’s photograph. The government adopted the approach of ‘Retain House and Tenant’ to revitalize old buildings for the first time for revitalizing Blue House, and 14 households of old tenants in Blue House, Yellow House and Orange House were there to stay as a result. This new approach gave new insights to preserving old buildings in the city.
深水埗 – 深水埗是一個老區，據說香港還未開埠已有三千多居民在這裡生活，是香港最早發展的區域之一，居內眾多的唐樓可說是深水埗「老」的痕跡，當中不少已被改裝劏房。根據政府在 2016 年的統計數字，全港約92,700 個劏房當中，深水埗就佔了約15,400 個。因為深水埗比油尖旺的劏房平宜，但交通方便程度上差不多，可以同時節省住屋及交通開支，所以對低收入階層十分吸引，當中不少是長者及新移民。另外，區內也有露宿者聚集，不少社會問題也相當顯著。
Everyone knows Sham Shui Po is an old district. It was said that there were over 3,000 inhabitants living in Sham Shui Po before Hong Kong opened up for trading in the 1840s. Sham Shui Po has plenty of Tong Lau, or tenement buildings built in the late 19th century to the 1960s, out of which many have been converted into subdivided flats to satisfy ever rising demand in housing. According to the results of the 2016 Population By-census, there were around 92,700 subdivided flats in Hong Kong, out of which around 15,400 were located in Sham Shui Po. The rent of subdivided flats in Sham Shui Po is cheaper than that of Yau Tsim Mong district albeit with similar accessibility of the two districts, making the former appealing to grassroots as they can save the expenses on transport and housing. Sham Shui Po is also home to many homeless citizens, leading to different multitudes of social problems in the area.
At a closer look, however, the old district is vibrant and dynamic in its own right. It is where numerous industries call home – Cheung Sha Wan Road is known for its many fashion wholesale stores, Golden Computer Arcade is where you won’t want to miss for shopping computer accessories, and Yen Chow Street Hawker Bazaar offers all sorts of cloth and fabric if you would want to DIY your own textile products – and don’t forget to stop by Yu Chau Street for its wide range of buttons and fashion accessories.
Sham Shui Po arguably houses the most bazaars and stalls in Hong Kong, with every street having a specialty and character of its own. Look no further than Fuk Wing Street if you are after some toys, and Fuk Wa Street and Ki Lung Street if you are looking for some value-for-money fashion items. And Apliu Street has always been a heaven for those who like to explore the latest and cheapest electronic accessories, electrical appliances, and equipment, be they branded, brand new, or second-hand. Stroll along the streets of Sham Shui Po and prepare to be astounded by the variety of products available there.
There is almost an endless list of amazing things about Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei – the iconic scenery of the Victoria Harbour, the five flagpoles, The Space Museum, the high-end retail stores on Canton Road, the night market on Temple Street, the shops and hotels lining up Nathan Road, and of course Chungking Mansions, which is known as the hub of cheap hostels, shops and restaurants and almost like a community of its own. It is probably the most famous tourist district in Hong Kong, while people from all walks of life and nationalities work and live here at the same time. They include ethnic minority citizens, such as those from India, Pakistan and Nepal, many of whom were born and raised in Hong Kong. Many of their countrymen also come to join them to live and work in the city.
A Southeast- Asian community is formed by residents residing in the Yau Tsim District. As many of them only speak their mother language, language has become a major barrier that cuts them away from mainstream society. Although many other Southeast Asians who are born and raised in Hong Kong speak Cantonese just like locals, their limited Chinese reading and writing skills are only adequate for a relatively small variety of jobs in the city. Many of them end up working in construction sites, or other low-paid jobs such as porters or sweepers which mostly require physical strength. Having many mouths to feed in typically big Southeast Asian families means that little resources are left for the next generation, hindering their growth and resulting in a vicious cycle.
Tin Shui Wai is one of the Third Generation New Towns. It was still a sea of ponds and cultivated land in the early 1980s, and was developed as a residential region in the 1990s. The first completed estates were Tin Yiu Estate and Tin Shui Estate, which housed a large number of residents who used to live in the settlement area, and families newly arrived from the Mainland made up a large portion of the population in the district. Teenage problems and adaptation issues of newly arrived families led to some severe social issues in the past.
Thanks to good urban planning, Tin Shui Wai New Town has plenty of land for recreational and cultural activities. Tin Shui Wai Park located in the south is the largest park in this district, with a sports ground and a swimming pool just beside it. Tin Sau Park is another park located in the north, with a newly opened Skylight Market and Tin Sau Bazaar nearby. These facilities satisfy the residents’ daily needs.