Saturday, 21 March 2015

Military structure, Hong Kong

Shing Mun Redoubt.


In the old time, Shing Mun Redoubt was an important military facility. Now it is a historical site opened for everyone. One merit from urban exploration is that one can learn more about history. Visiting the sites are more practical than learning from a textbook.

On the way there were a lot of monkeys. Be warned that do not show any food in front of them...After walking along Shing Mun Reservoir for while, we entered a hiking route. It took us not long to reach one of the trenched. The trenches are named after street names in London. The trenches are numbered 400, 401, 402 as well as 403, and named Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly, Haymarket, Shaftsbury Avenue and Charing Cross. We did not explore all trenches since it was getting dark.

The British lost to the Japanese at the Battle of Shing Mun Redoubt in December 1941. I am so glad that the British fought for us. Perhaps one day Hong Kongers cannot see any trace of British colony tangibly or intangibly. The HKSAR government is trying to decolonize, from in to out.

The redoubt is depicted in detailed here, if you are interested:
http://www.hksw.org/Shing%20Mun.htm

The ceiling is low and there is a ventilation hole above me.

Entrance.

Shing Mun Reservoir.

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