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Kam Sheung Road MTR Station – Rules and Regulations

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The outdoor spaces are organised into smoking and non-smoking zones, however other than that they are used freely for a variety of purposes – domestic workers may picknick on the grass on the weekends, local residents may walk their dogs in the evenings, etc. For motorised vehicles, however, there are distinct rules and regulations and also inside the station the MTR’s rules and regulations apply.

 

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Kam Sheung Road MTR Station – Cultural Representations

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Especially the flea market is frequently subject to amateur photography. The grounds around the station being vast, they are sometimes also used for art performances. Dance Organisation Y-Space, for instance, had organised a dance performance around the flea market in 2013.

In 2012, film directors Long Man Leung and Sunny Luk recorded a scene in Kam Tin, the nearby village centre, for their film Cold War 2.

 

Kam Sheung Road MTR Station – Contemporary Events

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In 2005, the The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) organised, together with the Hong Kong Tourist Industry Employees General Union, free sightseeing buses between Fanling MTR Station on the East Rail Line and the new Kam Sheung Road MTR Station, for visitors to explore heritage sites of the New Territories. The buses were available on Sundays, for 8 consecutive weeks. Indeed, the New Territories are specifically appreciated in terms of heritage.

Kam Sheung Road Station as well as the areas around it – a parking lot, bicycle park, interchange bus station, and taxi stand – appear disproportionately spacious. Specifically the vast outdoor spaces are, however, made advantage of in a number of ways. In 2008, a flea market was opened which attracts local visitors and tourists on the weekends.

The space is also, every now and then, used for sports and cultural events. In 2010 the Kam Sheung Road Duathlon Race was held and in 2013  Y-Space organised Dance Flea Market I to promote art and culture in the New Territories. The New Territories have, upon the opening of the West Rail Line in the mid-2000s, also been promoted as tourist site for both local and foreign visitors.

Kam Sheung Road MTR Station – Official Records

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Kam Sheung Road MTR Station opened in 2003 as part of the West Rail Phase I fast-track project that was aimed at improving the connection between the North Western New Territories – a historically rural part of Hong Kong with three “new towns” – and urban Kowloon. The project involved, among other developments, 30 km of alignment and nine stations. Kam Sheung Road Station is the first elevated station after the Tai Lam tunnel.

The West Rail Line was estimated to service approximately 350.000 people per day upon its opening in 2003 and 500.000 people by 2011. Reports, however, indicate that a far smaller number of passengers are making use of the line.

Kam Sheung Road MTR Station – Proposed Development

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The station will become an interchange station upon commencement of Phase II of the development which is yet to begin. This future planning, however, is the reason for the station’s spacious appearance. As an interchange station with direct connection to the China-Hong Kong border, it is expected to get a lot busier ten years from now. Further, also the development of residential flats in Kam Tin South and Pat Heung will see the local population grow significantly with up to 25,000 new flats.

 

Yau Ma Tei Wholesale Fruit Market – Photos

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Historical Events – Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

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… Every year …
Piazza, HK Cultural Ctr, 3rd Jun 2014
Piazza, HK Cultural Ctr, 3rd Jun 2014

Every year, at 8:09pm, 3rd June, in the “Piazza Zone A” of the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Tsim Sha Tsui, a group of people will gather here to chat, to sing, to read poems, to dance and to hold mini-exhibitions of photos or paintings, in memorial of what had happened in Beijing in the night of 3rd June, 1989, the Tiananmen Massacre. And, every year, afternoon of the same day, many local artists will come here to lay a white flower below the sculpture standing in the middle of the Piazza.

The sculpture, officially named “The Flying Frenchman”, is created by Cesar Baldaccini in 1991. The sculpture is donated by the Cartier Foundation to the people of Hong Kong and has been standing there since 1992. Rumor has been circulating around the art circle in Hong Kong saying that the original name of the sculpture was “The Freedom Fighter”, being a symbolic support to the people for democracy, reading against the background of the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre. It was under strong pressure from the government and the Cartier Foundation that Cesar compromised to rename it.

 

… Every year …

Artists and participants from Woofer Ten, the community art space in Yau Ma Tei, will organize a “Bicycle March for Tiananmen” in the afternoon of 4th June, every year, in memorial of the bicycles running through the streets and the Tiananmen Square in Beijing in May and June of 1989, spreading news of the democratic movement. The march runs from Yau Ma Tei to the Piazza of the Cultural Centre.

Bicycle March for Tiananmen, 2013 (Photo by Woofer Ten)
Bicycle March for Tiananmen, 2013 (Photo by Woofer Ten)
People offering white flowers to the sculpture (Photo by: Woofer Ten)
People offering white flowers to the sculpture (Photo by: Woofer Ten)

 

… 3rd June 2011 …
The Freedom Fighter, (Tsim Sha Tsui, 2011) (Photo by: Woofer Ten)
The Freedom Fighter, (Tsim Sha Tsui, 2011) (Photo by: Woofer Ten)

In 3rd June 2011, 22 years after the Tiananmen Massacre, a group of local artists gathered under the sculpture to hold a ceremony to give back the sculpture its original name …

 

Before the "Rename Ceremony" started. (Photo by: Woofer Ten)
Before the “Rename Ceremony” started. (Photo by: Woofer Ten)
After Cesar's sculpture was renamed, artists offered speeches and singing. (Photo by: Woofer Ten)
After Cesar’s sculpture was renamed, artists offered speeches and singing. (Photo by: Woofer Ten)

 

… 23rd April 2011 …

Besides the annual gathering on 3rd June and the bicycle march on 4th June, the Piazza has also become a common place for artists to hold events or assemblies for concerned social issues in mainland China.

Free Ai Weiwei (march and assembly), 23rd April 2011 …

 

… 7th May 2011 …

The Guerilla Rock Show is an on-going project. A group of rock bands in Hong Kong will hold unannounced rock concerts in different places in Hong Kong as an continuous action to reclaim public spaces for freedom of expression. On 7th May 2011, around midnight, the Guerilla Rock Show took over the Piazza (Zone C) of Hong Kong Cultural Centre …

 

… 2012 …

In 2012, Anson Mak, a Hong Kong independent video artist, made a research-documentary, “On The Edge Of A Floating City, We Sing”, covering histories of three different community spaces in Hong Kong and their personal connections to three indie singer-songwriters. One of the spaces she had covered was the Piazza …

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