The HK Museum of History is one of those really fun museums that, despite not having much, the little they do have makes you want to know more. Having learned quite alot about Taiwanese history these past three years, I naturally became quite curious about some of the close-by neighbors, Hong Kong being one of them. I remember the first trip I had to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore 3 years back and wondering how they’ve all turned out a bit different. It is fascinating for me to try and figure out the real Hong Kong story from what they provide in the HK Museum of History and later compare that to what I read about Hong Kong through other resources.
Regardless, Hong Kong Museum of History is great. Following is a short selection of some of the exhibits it hosts to give you a taste of Hong Kong history and culture :
God puppet show
Hong Kong’s old streets
One small thing, though. I still couldn’t figure out why Hong Kong was given to the PRC, as the lease included New Kowloon and Territories, wasn’t signed with the PRC and at the time the lease was signed there were very few people living there and very little at all happening on that land (population 1898 – 198,000 people, most of which were not in the new territories that were leased). I actually asked one of the old ladies who served as a guide there, but although her English was alright she just stared at me in reply like I’m some kind of idiot. Maybe it was a sensitive question, I’m not sure. Either way, I recommend reading up on what happened between the British PM and Deng Xiao-Ping before the decision was made. History does have its irony. Maybe you can help me shed some light on this 🙂