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Yun Man Square, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong

With the Kwun Tong Town Centre redevelopment right at the doorstep, the face of the historical Yun Man Square is destined to dramatically change. How construction stie will fence out the massive traffic of people here is beyond imagination.

With the Kwun Tong Town Centre redevelopment right at the doorstep, the face of the historical Yun Man Square is destined to dramatically change. How the construction site will fence out the massive traffic of people here is beyond imagination.

Yun Man Square is the traffic center the Kwun Tong Town Centre. Many routes of buses and mini buses are intricately spread out here along with the MTR stations. This is a major traffic center of the town where seas of people rub shoulders unexpectedly. While crossing the streets, running late for the next MTR train, waiting in line for the next available bus, one can kill time in a colorful variety of small shops in the area. Small shops where you can find mobile phones, local delicious food, garments, DVDs, shoe repair, you name it. These are all parts of the life of the local habitants. Always busy but colorful.

Yun Man Square also includes the area surrounding its main road, where the life of the locals can be observed in the public park and worn out buildings. Most of the buildings are already vacant due to the redevelopment plan, only a handful of hookers are still doing business there. You can also find “dai pai dongs” (open-air food stalls) around the area, which can be a real sight after sunset – people having a feast in the open air, drinking beer and swallowing all kind of local delicious meals. These kinds of scenes are facing extinction under the rapid city development

Fu Yan Street and onward is conquered by local markets where goods change hands in a lightning speed. Under the rapid sounds of camera shutter, the aggressive sales persons fight each other with their vocal cords to get their promotions across. This is a snapshot of an old-school warm little Hong Kong neighborhood.

While the locals struggle to continue their lifestyle in the good old way, globalization and shopping malls invade the area and threaten to change the face of the area. Redeveloping the Kwun Tong Centre into a commercial center may as well mean the liveliness of the neighborhood will be forever gone. Faded away into the history. Lomographers, please snap these scenes before its too late.

Tips:

  • Bring yourself a snapshot camera and high speed films in order to capture the delicate expressions of the locals (LC-A , Minox 35GT and Natura Classica are good options)!
  • Or be direct, ask the local habitants politely to let you take a photo. This old lady from a tea stall kept telling me she was not pretty enough for a photo, but look at that smile!
  • Use the pinhole function of Diana F+ during broad daylight, or slow shutter/B shutter at night to capture the moving traffic!

written by singleelderly and translated by tattso

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