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Life in Hong Kong's ARP tunnels

Submitted by David on Thu, 11/09/2006 - 09:00
If you lived in Hong Kong in the 1940s or 1950s, or you know someone that did, we’re keen to hear of any stories about Hong Kong’s Air Raid Precaution (ARP) tunnels. The government reports tell us the location, size, geology, etc, but there is very little written about what conditions were like for the people that had to use the tunnels in wartime.

Here are the few references to the tunnels that I’ve found:

Learning Chinese underground

Submitted by David on Thu, 06/15/2006 - 09:00

Next time you’re on the MTR, how about learning Chinese characters from the route map? Ok, learning to read and write Chinese needs several years’ full-time study, but if you can spare a few minutes at least we can give you a good idea of how the characters came about. (If you aren’t near an MTR train, you can download a copy of the map here.)