又中又英｜gone into oblivion
Another one bites the dust, this time it’s the iconic Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen. It did not sail into the sunset last week. Instead, it sailed to an unknown overseas destination with the aid of tugboats. Many iconic Hong Kong structures with historical value have bitten the dust over the past decades. The beloved Hong Kong side Star Ferry Pier is no more, which means it no longer exists. The historic Queen’s Pier in front of City Hall was dismantled to make way for a highway. I still cannot understand why the government dismantled a pier rich with history. Queen Elizabeth II landed there in 1975. Prince Charles and his late wife Diana landed there in 1989. All the British governors also landed at Queen’s Pier.
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Station near the Kowloon side Star Ferry has also gone into oblivion. In its place is a cultural centre without windows even though it faces one of the world’s most beautiful harbours. The expression “bite the dust” has several meanings. As I have explained before, it can mean to fall in a way that your body hits the ground heavily. It can mean to die or to fail. It can also mean something no longer exists, such as Queen’s Pier. To sail into the sunset means to have a happy ending, but the Jumbo Restaurant did not have a happy ending. It bit the dust. If something is rich in history, it means it has a lot of, mostly good, history.
To go into oblivion means to be completely forgotten. It is sad that most Hong Kong people have forgotten the Kowloon-Canton Railway Station. The station has a rich history because train services between Kowloon and Canton, now known as Guangzhou, started in 1910. I am happy the historic King Yin Lei mansion will not bite the dust but I am sure many other iconic historical structures will bite the dust as Hong Kong erases its colonial past.