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Forgotten Sha Tau Kok; Christmas Hopes and Wishes from Legislators and the Public (26 Dec 2008)


In June, China's Ministry of Culture announced that the Fish Lantern Dance, a tradition in Sha Tau Kok, was to be recognised as part of China's National Intangible Cultural Heritage. It was a rare honour for an area that residents believe is being forgotten. Only a small part of the Sha Tau Kok area is administered by the Shenzhen government. Most of it is in Hong Kong. Before the handover, residents from both sides of the border had regular contact and business prospered. But since the handover, the SAR government has made it harder for residents from both Hong Kong and the mainland to visit. While government-provided amenities are falling behind in Hong Kong, a stark contrast with development on the Shenzhen side of the border, the restrictions of the closed area even make it hard for NGOs to provide community services and fill the gaps. Also in the programme, legislators sing a Christmas song and reveal their plans and wishes for the festive season. Among them, Regina Ip will be spending Christmas in Hong Kong with her daughter, who is returning from the US. They plan to eat their way through Hong Kong on boxing day. Chim Pui-chung is off to Las Vegas and is looking forward to improved service from less crowded casinos. Emily Lau, the new vice-chairman of Democratic Party, is flying to Bangladesh to help monitor the general election there. And activist Leung Kwok Hung, will be spending his festive season doing community service as a penalty, and participating in protests.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, December 26, 2008
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