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This website was launched in 2015 by Zoe Liu (Publications Officer 2015-16)

Gone In The Blink Of An Eye

September 2, 2015

After having returned back to London for a month before coming back to Hong Kong to attend the Freshers’ events in my capacity as Publications Officer, I was so shocked to find what a big difference a month makes.

 

Let me explain, I live in Sheung Shui which is a Mainlander hotspot. Since the Government introduced a policy limiting the Mainlanders coming into Hong Kong so often, the roads really have become wider and even the train station, where they usually get off and hang around for an hour or so before boarding again for a discount journeying back to Mainland, seems a little more spacious. 

 

But don’t get me wrong, this post isn’t just about Mainlanders, it’s about the rate of change that occurs in Hong Kong. In only one month, my favourite desert place Hui Lau Shan has already been replaced by a new shop, Coral Cafe on the high street has also been totally refurbished, and even a pharmacy which only just celebrated an extravagant opening in July when I was last here has already closed down. Compare this to where I used to live in a small town called Aldershot in Hampshire in UK where part of the shopping centre took 5 years (FIVE YEARS!) to refurbish. Every year when I come back to Hong Kong there’s always been something that has changed, but this really is immense progress. It’s no wonder Hong Kong is a world commercial centre. The phrase ‘time equals money” really does ring true here.

 

 

變化不定的香港

 

返回倫敦一個月後,作為出版物幹事,因需參與新生的活動,剛剛再次飛回香港。但看見很多事物都竟然在一個月內能夠改變得那麼多!

 

容許我解釋一下。我家上水,是一名內地人的熱點。由於政府實施了“一簽一行”政策,限制個人遊旅客數目,在街上行的時候都感覺好像條路都變得那麼闊。甚至平時那麼擠迫的地鐵站(內地人為了車票折扣會在上水站落車,停留一兩個鐘,才繼續他們的行程),都似乎有點更寬敞。

 

但不要誤會我的意思,這張貼文不是關於內地人,是關於香港變化的速度。只是時隔一個月,我最喜愛的許留山已經被換成了另一間店舖,大街的大家樂已經全翻新,甚至一間虊店只剛剛上年七月我回港時光榮開張現已結業。與此相比,我曾經在英國住的一個小鎮叫奧爾德肖特在漢普郡,其中購物中心的一部分,花了5年(是五年!)來整修。我每年回港的時候,都會有一些事物已經改變了,但這速度真的很巨大呢!“時間等於金錢”這句話確實很真實。

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