Hong Kong Snapshot (49) Kai Yuen Street – beauty of HK “Tong Lau”, beauty of Chinese literature 香港隨拍 (49) 繼園街 – 唐樓之美,中國文學之味

Today, I will bring to a place which is not famous to the world, and even not famous to HK. But there are lot of interesting story and history. This is Kai Yuen Street.

今天帶大家來到香港一個並不著名的地方,甚至很多香港人也不認識的地方,但它卻有著讓人津津樂道的歷史故事,這裡是繼園街。

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Kai Yuen Street is at the mountainside of North Point. North Point is not a tourist spot. Not so many people will go to North Point. But you will be interested by the history.

繼園街位於香港島北角的山腰,北角本來就不是旅遊區,繼園街更在不會有人刻意前往的山腰,但這條街曾經歷數段動人的歷史。


Kai Yuen Street and the Celestial King of the South China繼園街與「南天王」陳濟棠

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Celestual King of the South Ching 陳濟棠
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In the early 19th century, China was in turmoil. Many rich people in Shanghai moved the Hong Kong. Most of them stayed in North Point and North Point got the name of “little Shanghai”. One of them is Chan Wai Chow, brother of Chen Jitang, celestial King of the South China.

十九世紀初期,中國動盪不斷,上海有不少富人都在這段時間遷到香港,他們大多聚集在北角,讓北角有「小上海」的稱號,而其中一位,正是陳濟棠的哥哥陳維周。

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North Point in 1960s
六十年代的北角
 

Who is Chen Jitang? Chen Jitang was the actual governor of Guangdong of China in the 1920s-1930s. He held the power of politic and military of Guangdong. People called him “the Celestial King of the South China”. But later Chen’s power was taken by Chiang Kai-shek, former leader of the Republic of China. The whole family of Chen moved to Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, Chan Wai Chow, borther of Chen Jitang bought the all Kai Yuen Street and built the big house “Kai Yuen”. Hundred members of the Chen’s family lived there. All people in Hong Kong knew the name “Kai Yuen” at that time. Of course, no one know it now.

陳濟棠是誰?陳濟棠是1920-30年代中國廣東的實際統治者,集廣東軍政大權於一身,被稱為「南天王」,但後來陳濟棠失勢,廣東被蔣介石重奪大權,陳濟棠一家被迫出走香港。

到了香港,陳濟棠的哥哥陳維周買下了繼園街一帶的土地,建了私人住宅「繼園」,讓陳家上下過百人居住於此。「繼園」在當時的香港無人不識,不過現在已無人知道了。

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The building in the background was “Kai Yuen”
相片背景中的大樓就是繼園
(photo from appledaily)


Kai Yuen Street and Chinese literature- Eileen Chang繼園街與中國文學 – 張愛玲

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Eileen Chang (this photo was taken in Norht Point also)
張愛玲 (這照片正是在北角的蘭心照相館拍攝的)
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During the period China in turmoil, lot of Chinese writers also escaped to Hong Kong. Interestingly, most of them lived in Kai Yuen Street and the area around. One of them was Eileen Chang, one of the most influential modern Chinese writers. Chang is well known by all Chinese. She moved to Hong Kong in 1952. Referred by her friends Stephen Soong who lived in Kai Yuen Street, she found a house in Kings Road, the road next to Kai Yuen Street. So Kai Yuen Street was her second home as she visited the Soong family serveral time. She wrote two great books “The Rice Sprout Song: a Novel of Modern China” and “Naked Earth” in Hong Kong.

中國動盪期間,中國不少作家都逃離香港,他們無獨有偶地偏愛逗留繼園街一帶,其中一位就是張愛玲。張愛玲於1952年來到香港,同樣居住在北角,當時她得到好友宋淇的照顧,故常常到繼園街探望宋淇一家,更因此讓人誤會張愛玲居住於繼園街,直到近年經宋淇兒子宋以朗解釋,才知當年張愛玲居於繼園街下的英皇道。張愛玲在香港寫下了《秧歌》及《赤地之戀》兩大名著。

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Eileen Chang just walked up this road to visit her friend Stephen Soong
當年張愛玲就是沿著這條路去探望好友宋淇一家


The beauty of Tong Lau 唐樓之美

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Now, Kai Yuen has already been rebuilt to Tong Lau (tenement building of old Hong Kong). But from the photos, you may find the beauty of the Tong Laus.

Living in Hong Kong, Tong Lau is common to me until I share stories of Hong Kong in Steemit. I found that many foreigners are interested by Tong Laus, which let me come to Kai Yuen Street.

當年的繼園今日已不存在,在數十年前,繼園已被改建成唐樓及私人住宅,但這裡的老唐樓,讓我發現唐樓之美。

居於香港,對唐樓見怪不怪,沒有什麼感覺,直到在Steemit開始分享香港的文章,才知道外國的朋友原來對唐樓十分有興趣,亦讓我對唐樓多加留意。

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Beauty of Tong Laus in Kai Yuen Street
繼園街唐樓之美,任何的角度都是美
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A Shanghai style house at the other side of Kai Yuen Street
這是繼園街另一邊的樓宇,上海的朋友,有沒有似曾相識的感覺
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It’s the style of Hong Kong house in 1950s. It’s the style of beauty
香港50年代常見的畫面,沒想到會在繼園街見到
 

The Tong Laus in Kai Yuen Street are special. It looks like a castle especially the round edge, letting us find the special and creativity of Tong Laus. I am sure photographers may find lot of inspiration here.

But, with the development of the community, one side of the street is now already a construction site and will soon be new buildings. And the other side? I don’t know how long they can stay.

繼園街的唐樓,活像一座堡壘,尤其是樓邊那園角,讓人感受到唐樓的獨特,在這裡,攝影師絕對能找到無數的拍攝靈感。可惜,在時代演變下,繼園街的一邊已成地盤,即將興趣高尚住宅,而剩下的那部份,也不知能留下多久了。

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A castle or a ship? Depends on your imagination
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The beauty of oldness, but will leave us soon
古舊的美,但相信很快就會被重建了


繼園街

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Addree: Kai Yuen Street, North Point, Hong Kong Island
地址: 香港島北角繼園街

 


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