SHKP Reading Club taking book lovers on the move
From the special stairways of Central and Sheung Wan to the ladder of life


23 Nov 2015


Stairs are an integral part of city life but it’s easy not to notice them. The SHKP Reading Club, a platform created by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP), staged two activities related to reading and stairways in the Read On, Move On series, taking people to the world of books step by step. Following hard on the heels of an earlier guided cycling tour and seminar with athletes in the Read On, Move On series, the Club presented a Ladders as the Time Machine guided cultural tour and Ladder of Life seminar in November to encourage book lovers to exercise and read.

The cultural tour was hosted by noted local historian Dr Ting Sun-pao, Joseph and the Walk in Hong Kong group, and it explored the special stairways in Central and Sheung Wan. Sights included the Duddell Street steps (with the last four gas lights in Hong Kong), Pottinger Street (known locally as Stone Slabs Street) and Ladder Street next to the Man Mo Temple which is the filming location of the classic World of Suzie Wong movie. Dr Ting’s stories about the history of the stairs and rare old photos collected by Walk in Hong Kong took participants back to the old days to see the development of the city. Participants all climbed more than 4,000 steps that day, doubling the number that runners in the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity - Race to Hong Kong ICC will face. Both exemplifies that climbing stairs is fun and healthy.

The Club recommended a number of books as a way to learn more about the area after the tour. Selected were Ting Sun-pao’s A Walk in History of Hong Kong* (《香港歷史散步》), Ho Yiu-san’s Collective Memories in Ancient and Modern Central and Sheung Wan – searching for Hong Kong cultural stories* (《集體回憶之穿梭古今中、上環——尋訪香港文化的故事》) and A Century of Hong Kong Roads and Streets* (《港島街道百年》) and Now and Then: A Century of Bustling Central and Western District* (《此時彼刻:中西區百年繁華》) by Cheng Po-hung.

Life is like a ladder – some will climb up and others will go down. The Read On, Move On series concluded with a Ladder of Life seminar, which had popular radio host Michael Leung talking about challenging situations in life from personal experience, explaining that life is full of different choices and paces. He also touched on the ups and downs of his DJ career and told how his passion for radio remained strong despite having to start from the bottom again in his last return. Michael has a rich library at home and spoke of how he cultivated a reading habit in his son in the belief that reading should be a life-long interest. Michael’s son is a secondary one student and steadfast book aficionado, who recently read classics such as Lu Xun’s Call to Arms (《吶喊》) and Well Wishes (《祝福》).

The fourth SHKP Vertical Run for Charity - Race to Hong Kong ICC will take place on 6 December (Sunday) at Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper, where runners will take on the 2,120-step challenge to raise funds for child and youth services and encourage people to exercise for good causes.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the SHKP Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free. The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit. Anyone interested can join at www.shkpreadingclub.com.

*Literal translation of the Chinese titles

Noted local historian Dr Ting Sun-pao, Joseph and the Walk in Hong Kong group led participants up and down the stairs of Central and Sheung Wan
Popular radio host Michael Leung at the Ladder of Life seminar
SHKP Reading Club taking book lovers on the move
From the special stairways of Central and Sheung Wan to the ladder of life


23 Nov 2015



Noted local historian Dr Ting Sun-pao, Joseph and the Walk in Hong Kong group led participants up and down the stairs of Central and Sheung Wan

Popular radio host Michael Leung at the Ladder of Life seminar

Stairs are an integral part of city life but it’s easy not to notice them. The SHKP Reading Club, a platform created by Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited (SHKP), staged two activities related to reading and stairways in the Read On, Move On series, taking people to the world of books step by step. Following hard on the heels of an earlier guided cycling tour and seminar with athletes in the Read On, Move On series, the Club presented a Ladders as the Time Machine guided cultural tour and Ladder of Life seminar in November to encourage book lovers to exercise and read.

The cultural tour was hosted by noted local historian Dr Ting Sun-pao, Joseph and the Walk in Hong Kong group, and it explored the special stairways in Central and Sheung Wan. Sights included the Duddell Street steps (with the last four gas lights in Hong Kong), Pottinger Street (known locally as Stone Slabs Street) and Ladder Street next to the Man Mo Temple which is the filming location of the classic World of Suzie Wong movie. Dr Ting’s stories about the history of the stairs and rare old photos collected by Walk in Hong Kong took participants back to the old days to see the development of the city. Participants all climbed more than 4,000 steps that day, doubling the number that runners in the SHKP Vertical Run for Charity - Race to Hong Kong ICC will face. Both exemplifies that climbing stairs is fun and healthy.

The Club recommended a number of books as a way to learn more about the area after the tour. Selected were Ting Sun-pao’s A Walk in History of Hong Kong* (《香港歷史散步》), Ho Yiu-san’s Collective Memories in Ancient and Modern Central and Sheung Wan – searching for Hong Kong cultural stories* (《集體回憶之穿梭古今中、上環——尋訪香港文化的故事》) and A Century of Hong Kong Roads and Streets* (《港島街道百年》) and Now and Then: A Century of Bustling Central and Western District* (《此時彼刻:中西區百年繁華》) by Cheng Po-hung.

Life is like a ladder – some will climb up and others will go down. The Read On, Move On series concluded with a Ladder of Life seminar, which had popular radio host Michael Leung talking about challenging situations in life from personal experience, explaining that life is full of different choices and paces. He also touched on the ups and downs of his DJ career and told how his passion for radio remained strong despite having to start from the bottom again in his last return. Michael has a rich library at home and spoke of how he cultivated a reading habit in his son in the belief that reading should be a life-long interest. Michael’s son is a secondary one student and steadfast book aficionado, who recently read classics such as Lu Xun’s Call to Arms (《吶喊》) and Well Wishes (《祝福》).

The fourth SHKP Vertical Run for Charity - Race to Hong Kong ICC will take place on 6 December (Sunday) at Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper, where runners will take on the 2,120-step challenge to raise funds for child and youth services and encourage people to exercise for good causes.

About the SHKP Reading Club

SHKP set up the SHKP Reading Club in late 2013 to consolidate its reading-related initiatives, and everyone is welcome to join for free. The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit. Anyone interested can join at www.shkpreadingclub.com.

*Literal translation of the Chinese titles