Battle of Hong Kong
Co-organizaed by Trail Watch and Watershed HK, I joined the guided tour. We met at Shing Mun Country Park entrance and went to Shing Mun Redoubt, the left flank of the Gin Drinkers Line where was one of the most important landmark for the Japanese invasion as they took over this area and the British had to withdraw to the island.
I did check out those defence sites on Hong Kong Island and this was my first time for Kowloon and New Territories.
Taurus was our tour guide, he graduated from HKU Faculty of History then got very interested in Battle of Hong Kong history as it is not covered in local education curriculum at all and few seniors in HKU were the secret heroes in fact. He and his friends founded Watershed Hong Kong and hope to letting the public to know more about this and also to get to know the hidden heroes.
The best part of the tour was not just the detailed explanation of the Japanese and British army situation, the invasion routes, the defence plan. The team actually dressed themselves as respective solders attire and educate us the features and functions of the uniforms!
As the soldiers were from UK, Canada and India, english speaking was still the major communication. The tunnels were named from London’s street names which to us a surprise!
It took us around 3.5 hours and we visited Shing Mun Redoubt, it’s abit of up hike but it was considered manageable.
My friend and I were so impressed by their passion but also they have made the history to be very interesting which we both wish we could understand or learn our subjects this way back in our school days.
When I was a kid, I did not care much about the Black Christmas even the media did mention about it. Now being so interested in how the world has become, and also for being who we are we do need to know about the history of our homeland. Afterall, it was in fact a famous event of World War 2 in Asia side and how lucky we are now to live in a peaceful region where lots of people had sacrificed for the peace.