Seeing the world anew

Seeing the world anew

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(From left) Junior reporters William Cheng, Liam Fung, Lyndon Fan, Christy Wong, Odessa Fung, Winnie Lee Wing-yee and Sally Kim
(From left) Junior reporters William Cheng, Liam Fung, Lyndon Fan, Christy Wong, Odessa Fung, Winnie Lee Wing-yee and Sally Kim
Photos: John Kang/SCMP
We rely a lot on our sight in hectic Hong Kong. We are surrounded by people jostling and shoving. We have to pick our way through cars and buses speeding by, or meandering in rush-hour traffic. It's difficult to imagine what life is like here if you can't see. Dialogue in the Dark (DiD), a workshop that explores the unseen, shows you just that. With its Experiential Exhibition, which is ranked among the top three attractions in Hong Kong by the TripAdvisor website, you can "see" how the blind get by, while its new "Discover Hong Kong in the Dark" feature boasts a Hong Kong theme with local landmarks.

The exhibition runs until September 30. Our junior reporters went there to discover Hong Kong anew with help from a visually impaired guide, Eunice Hui ...

A small voice in the din

I learned many things: how to rely on my other senses and how to learn to trust others to guide you.

I think the biggest problem for visually impaired people in Hong Kong is the noise. They need to rely on their ears, but it's so noisy they can't even do that!

Being visually impaired is already difficult for people. All those roaring cars engines, beeping horns, shouting people, and screeching alarms make their lives a lot harder.

Lyndon Fan

An eye-opening experience

Dialogue in the Dark deserves to be among the top attractions in Hong Kong for a simple reason: it's truly eye-opening (pardon the pun).

In some simulations, you are blindfolded to help you experience the world from a blind person's perspective. That can make for a cheap and unrealistic experience. At DiD, however, you are led through different Hong Kong landmarks in a room where you can't see a thing. Luckily, our tour guide, Eunice, came to our aid!

Liam Fung

The courage of the sightless

I realised that visually impaired people are so much braver than we are. They have to grapple with many difficulties every day.

"Remember that being active is the key to seeking help [even if you can see]," Eunice, our guide, reminded us.

For instance, it's better to muster the courage to ask someone for directions than getting lost!

Winnie Lee Wing-yee


Junior reporters interview Eunice Hui, a Dialogue in the Dark tour guide, who is visually impaired.

All are equal in the dark

Eunice told us not to feel pity for the visually impaired. "In the dark, we are equal," she joked.

When we asked her if life in Hong Kong was difficult for visually impaired people, she said: "It's okay. I just need to ask people for help. There are a lot of good people around."

One helpful soul is Eunice herself. When we entered the exhibition, she did a great job guiding us through the dark and putting our panicky group at ease!

William Cheng

Dining in the dark

My favourite part of the tour was the Cafe, where a "waitress" welcomed us warmly. There were several drinks for us to choose from. Once we did, we had to find our way to a table - in the dark. It was really difficult to look for a seat while making sure you didn't spill your drink.

Then it came to payment. I realised what a challenge even a simple task can be if you can't see. All the bills in my hand felt the same to me in the dark, even though I'd seen them a billion times before!

Odessa Fung

A blind tour of the city

As we made our way through the exhibition, we found ourselves at Hong Kong Park. How did we know we were there? We heard the songs of different birds and could smell the scent of trees around us. In the "park", we could also feel pebbles, grass, and sand beneath our feet. Never had I become so sensitive to hearing and touch before!

As we moved on, we arrived at Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier. We could touch lifebelts, platforms and the ship. We sat on the ship, heard the roar of the engine, and felt the wind on our faces.

I realised that rather than just looking at things, I should learn to listen to them, smell them and touch them, too.

Christy Wong

Let music wash over you

At one point, we found ourselves at a concert inside a dark theatre. I had trouble finding my seat, but it was worth it. I learned that music was best enjoyed without any distractions, like homework. At home, I would switch on the music while doing my homework. But that's not the way to go, I realised. Simply let the soothing sounds wash over you ... and lead you to a dream-like world, free of worries.

Sally Kim

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