Ngai Tsin Wai Village: Into How it Used to Be…

” If you start by strolling down Nga Tsin Wai Road gradually find yourself trespassing upon scenes from a classic Cantonese movie”. A friend from Macau, quoting a Chinese contemporary artist, made me curious about this place. The Hong Kong I knew, the corporate, “suited”, sky scrapered city didn’t really rhyme with that last sentence. That curiosity moved my feet on a rainy day, with typhoon warning level 1, to cross the city and find this place. Nothing could’ve prepared me for what I found. A small Island of Persistence. In the middle of the concrete, a clear of old houses, shacks, little stores businesses. Also, I came to find some of the most generous, kind people I found on this trip. As long as I live, the memory of meeting Man and his friends, I will never lose. They were just there, around the corner. As if they had been waiting for me all along. They immediately pulled up a chair, sat me down and chatted with me in Cantonese and a bit of English. Beer and lychees were drank and eaten, with the horse race narration in the background. Oh the lychees, so good this time of year! I can’t express how happy I was by this encounter. Unfortunately the appetite of progress doesn’t diminish, and the Village is bound to be demolished in September. A sad cloud, in the middle of so much Sun.

An Island of Persistence

“I came to find some of the most generous, kind people I came across on this trip. As long as I live, the memory of meeting Man and his friends, I will never lose. They were just there, around the corner. As if they had been waiting for me all along. They immediately pulled up a chair, sat me down and chatted with me in Cantonese and a bit of English. Beer and lychees were drank and eaten, with the horse race narration in the background. Oh the lychees, so good this time of year! I can’t express how happy I was by this encounter…”

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