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Xiao Hong
Biography:
Birth name - Zhāng Năiyíng 張迺瑩.
A contemporary Chinese female writer.

Born in 1911, Heilongjiang Province.
Died in 1942, Hong Kong.

Xiao Hong had made a name for herself with her novel The Field of Life and Death and was highly recommended by Lu Xun.  In 1940, Xiao and her spouse Duanmu Hongliang fled the war and made their way to Hong Kong.  Despite ill-health and poverty, she managed to complete her famous long novels Tales of Hulan River and Ma Bole in a tiny room that could only accommodate a bed and a desk.  Quite a number of Xiao’s famous pieces were either written in Hong Kong or published in local newspapers, including Spring in a Small Town.

By the end of 1941, Hong Kong succumbed.  Xiao was critically ill but had no fixed abode.  In early 1942, being plagued by illness and wartime suffering, she lost her fight for life eventually in a temporary medical station situated at St. Stephen’s Girls’ College at the age of 31.  Her last words were “I am going to be with the azure sky and blue water forever”.  Knowing that Xiao loved watching the sea, Duanmu buried half of her ashes in the Repulse Bay.  It was alleged that he secretly buried the other half of her ashes in the vicinity of St. Stephen’s Girls’ College.  The original Xiao’s grave at the Repulse Bay had been destroyed, but fortunately her ashes were located and retrieved for burial in Guangzhou in 1957.
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Footsteps in the Southern District:
In 1940 Xiao Hong and her lover Duanmu Hongliang fled from Chongqing, China to Hong Kong, and the couple took up residence at Tsim Sha Tsui.  In face of the threats of war and suffering of illness, Xiao died tragically in 1942.  Knowing that Xiao loved watching the sea, Duanmu buried half of her ashes at the Repulse Bay.  It was alleged that he secretly buried the other half of her ashes in the vicinity of St. Stephen’s Girls’ College.  The original Xiao’s grave at the Repulse Bay had been destroyed, but fortunately her ashes were located and retrieved for burial in Guangzhou in 1957.



 



Landmark
Literary Landmark:
Stray Birds 31 (Best Design Award)
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Location:
Repulse Bay beach
Completion Date:
June 2016
Designer:
SONG Si-chuan, Song (School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Design Concept:
Xiao had always described herself as a flying bird.  Hence, the designer chooses to feature an art form of flying birds at Xiao’s favourite seashore at the Repulse Bay to reflect her spirit and aspiration for freedom of flying.  The 31 birds represent the short life of Xiao, each flying to different directions and in different postures to echo with the turmoil and wandering life Xiao Hong had led.  The colour of the birds changes from white to red gradually to signify the colour of Xiao’s life.  Each bird also carries a year mark and serial number to record Xiao’s life and her writing in the corresponding year.
Means of Transport:
Bus (NWFB/CityBus):
6,6A,6X,63,65,66,73,260,973
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