Kowloon and HK - a world of difference

Kowloon and HK - a world of difference

Arshdeep Kaur (center), Catherine Lee (top right), Pardeep Singh (right) and Palvinderjit Singh (left). Photos: Junior Reporters

YP junior reporters investigate the gulf between the peninsula and the island

By Dhruv Singh, Hollie Chung and Selina Cheng

A popular oldie from the 1960s - Kowloon Hong Kong - celebrates the Kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong Island as 'the place for you'. But most people who live here would say there's a world of difference between the peninsula and the island.

The two are far from one. Historically, people living on one side of the Victoria Harbour do not like travelling to the other. But why is this? Young Post junior reporters decided to find out.

For 11-year-old Pardeep Singh, who attends YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College and lives in Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon is the place to be.

'I'm proud of Kowloon and happy to live here,' Pardeep told junior reporter Dhruv Singh.

'There are more playgrounds in Kowloon than on Hong Kong Island for my friends and me to hang out.

'Although many people say Hong Kong Island is a better place, I disagree. I find it tiring to visit Hong Kong Island and don't think I would like to live there. I seldom go.'

But 12-year-old Palvinderjit Singh of St Paul's College, who lives in Stanley, disagrees.

'I think Hong Kong Island is a much better place than Kowloon,' Palvinderjit told Dhruv.

'Hong Kong Island is more spacious than Kowloon, with more trees and greenery. I don't find Kowloon as peaceful.

'The environment and beaches on Hong Kong Island are better, and I think there's more pollution in Kowloon. I love living on Hong Kong Island.'

Meanwhile, 11-year-old Arshdeep Kaur, who lives in Yau Tong and goes to the Hong Kong Taoist Association School, is happy to be living in Kowloon.

'I am lucky to live in Kowloon,' Arshdeep told Dhruv. 'Most of my friends and family live in Kowloon. I go to the Sikh Temple near Wan Chai twice a week, but I like living in Kowloon as there are more things to enjoy.'

Kowloon has many colourful local markets, which one cannot find on Hong Kong Island, he added.

For 17-year-old Catherine Lee Ling-kwan, a Kowloon resident and a student at St Catharine's School for Girls (Kwun Tong), crossing the harbour is inconvenient and she easily gets lost on the island.

'I usually meet my friends in Kowloon regardless of where they live,' she told junior reporter Hollie Chung. 'I'm really afraid of getting lost when I'm on Hong Kong Island.'

For some young people, the gulf between Kowloon and Hong Kong is made greater because travelling from one side to the other takes a lot of time.

As Esther Choi Yee Wan, 17, who attends St Stephen's Girls College in Tai Koo on Hong Kong Island, pointed out to junior reporter Selina Cheng: 'I rarely go to Kowloon mainly because its takes so long to get there.'

She said traffic across the Hung Hom Tunnel is constantly busy.

'Although the Western Tunnel takes less time, it is expensive. It's impossible for me to go to Kowloon frequently. Besides, I only have one relative living in Kowloon.'

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