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Thursday, Dec 08, 2022

Rename parks and playgrounds after distinguished Chinese and Hong Kong figures

Could you imagine one day your kids would be telling you they were heading to the Zhong Nanshan Sitting-out Area, or the Edgar Cheung Ka-long Park? Still, this exists only in our imagination as the Legislative Council seems indecisive on the renaming move.
This came as lawmaker Junius Ho Kwan-yiu in a meeting Tuesday suggested renaming parks and playgrounds after outstanding Chinese and Hong Kong figures from past to present, including mainland medical expert Zhong Nanshan, Olympic gold medalist Edgar Cheung, Kung Fu master and movie star Bruce Lee.

According to papers submitted to the LegCo by Ho, he gave the example of Mount Davis Temporary Sitting-out Area, which was named after Sir John Francis Davis, the second governor of the city during the British colonial period.

Ho went on to provide a long list of names from ancient Chinese war heroes to local athletes, including general Yue Fei from the Song dynasty, revolutionary Sun Yat-sen, the first Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei, and windsurfer Lee Lai-shan who brought Hong Kong the first Olympic medal.

Undersecretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Raistlin Lau Chun said authorities must consider if the naming matches the facility, and said for example that the park named after Sun must be a grand and huge one.

It may not be matching to name a small park after a historical figure, Lau added. Yet, authorities will consider Ho's suggestions, Lau also said.

Lau believed that the work in inquiring citizens on the naming of about 1,600 parks would be huge as everyone has their own hero.

Ho then suggested referring to the mechanism of naming typhoons and renaming the facilities directly without inquiring the public.

On the other hand, lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun voiced reservations on naming the facilities after people who are still alive, especially the young ones, as they still have a long way to come before the end of their lives.

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