Sunday, November 12, 2006

Last night

This photo was taken on Nov 11 just before midnight, when about 1,500 people gathered at the (now "old") Star Ferry Pier in Central to bid farewell to the clock tower and the pier. It is a place of many HK people's daily life, where we met our dates and friends; attended weddings and shows nearby, traveled to school or work, shopped and dined in Central or Tsimshatsui. It's a place with tons of collective memory of HK people, and now it is giving way to yet another valuable real estate development plan. The bells of the clock tower had marked every quarter-hour since 1957. It rang for the last time at midnight Nov 11th 2006, and I've recorded it for the memory:
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Links: A collage of scenes last night and previous posts about the Star Ferry Central Pier here: Star Ferry, Perfect Match, Boarding the ferry, Clock tower

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Comments on "Last night"

 

Anonymous michelle said ... (November 12, 2006 10:12 PM) : 

i read about it on an i-news yesterday and was sad about it. Thanks Lisi, was just thinking that you might show a photo about it today...

 

Anonymous w said ... (November 12, 2006 11:16 PM) : 

Looks like the authorities are hell bent on wanting to land-fill the entire harbor between the Island and Kowloon. Btw, I didn't know there's (pretty soon, was) a clock tower near the ferry on the Island side too.

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (November 12, 2006 11:17 PM) : 

superbe photo et vraiment tres impressionante cette foule.

superb photograph and really very impressionante this crowd.

 

Blogger Ame said ... (November 13, 2006 12:45 AM) : 

Hi Lisi! Neat story...neat shot! But OOoooooo, are those balloons connected to the clock and hovering in the dark? Kinda creeps me out...they look like wierd planets! LOL!

 

Anonymous a said ... (November 13, 2006 12:45 AM) : 

Hi Lisi,

I like your shot very much. You simply got it all: the people, the clock... you get the atmosphere. I went there yesterday afternoon and it was very touchy and a little bit funny as well, because nearly every second face has a lens quite in front of it:))
Btw: I love your blog. You bring the fascinating and somtimes strange sides of HK nearer to foreigners like me. Thank you.

 

Blogger b3108 said ... (November 13, 2006 1:19 AM) : 

oh, i was there too, snapping away like mad... we're goona miss it.

 

Anonymous jazzy said ... (November 13, 2006 2:10 AM) : 

sad to see it go, lots of great buildings gave way to new developers, what a shame.
very nice you recorded the last bells so we can hear it.

 

Blogger Missiz Jones said ... (November 13, 2006 4:26 AM) : 

I did like the shot as soon as I saw it ...Very intriguing and rich atmosphere... When I red the story I felt very mooved... and being abble to actually earing the bells was a great great moment ( I had to explain to my daughter what was happening...)
THANK YOU, Lisi, for sharing with us this touching moment...

 

Blogger Curly said ... (November 13, 2006 5:00 AM) : 

Strange that so many people would turn out to hear the clock chime one last time, geee they must hold an important place in Honk Kong's cultural history!

Curly's Photoshop

 

Blogger santy said ... (November 13, 2006 10:29 AM) : 

so many people there! if the place holds such a tremendous sentimental value, I think it should be kept and maintained. oh well, perhaps the real estate is much more needed. Nice shot as always, lisi!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (November 13, 2006 1:44 PM) : 

thank you for recording the bells of the clock. I felt for a moment like being there.

 

Blogger Carraol said ... (November 13, 2006 3:04 PM) : 

Very interesting and sad story, progress, you know. Fine shot.

 

Blogger Lisi said ... (November 13, 2006 6:11 PM) : 

Michelle, I have added extra photo, links and the sound of the bells recorded when they rang the last time.

Ame my dear friend, those are glares, not very rare but not intended to scare :-)

w, you didn't know? I bet you didn't take the Star Ferry often or did you just hang around Ladder Street all the time? :-)

a and b3108, welcome and please come often and let me know what you think :-)

Olivier, you're always so nice!

Mizziz Jones, the bells must have caught your daughters attention :-)

Curly, yes, it is a special place for many people as you can see some of my visitors were there too.

Jazzy, Santy, carroll and zsolt, thanks very much and I hope I won't be showing another similar post again.

 

Anonymous w said ... (November 13, 2006 10:06 PM) : 

I should have been more observant, the clock was clearly highlighted in one of your posts. Really glad you recorded the scene and sound. Nice job!

 

Blogger Meg Nakagawa said ... (November 17, 2006 3:00 PM) : 

Great memento for you personally, as well as a great thing for DP, Lisi. Thanks.

 

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