Written by: Wang Jieen
Last update date: 2021-05-07 14:54
In the dormitory site of HKUST faculty, a mysterious tunnel was discovered yesterday (6th). In the end, construction in the relevant area needs to be suspended. The Office of Antiquities and Monuments also stated that it will study the tunnel.
However, what is the historical story of the tunnel?
Gao Tianqiang, a Hong Kong military historian and former member of the Ancient Advisory Council, estimates that the newly discovered tunnel may be constructed during the last one to two years of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II to allow the Japanese army to hide and ambush the Allied forces.
He also pointed out that there are similar tunnels in many places in Hong Kong, but he criticized the government for always treating military relics indifferently. None of these tunnels have conservation work, and many tunnels were eventually abandoned.
The tunnel that was discovered yesterday on the site of the University of Science and Technology Dormitory was 1 meter by 1 meter.
The University of Science and Technology responded that during the construction of the site, three unidentified cave entrances were found with a height of about one meter. The university has immediately stopped related works in the affected area.
The authentic "life experience" is still a mystery.
When asked, Gao Tianqiang pointed out that many places in Hong Kong have similar tunnels, such as Sai Kung, Zha Xunshan, and the top of the mountain. They are all similar in shape to the tunnels discovered this time, including only one person.
Gao Tianqiang estimated that the tunnel was built during the last one to two years of the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II to allow the Japanese army to hide and ambush the Allied forces.
He explained that when the Allied forces counterattacked Hong Kong, the Japanese had a plan to counterattack the Allied forces in tunnels, so they built a large number of tunnels. "I have seen many (tunnels), so my intuition is almost certain to be built by the Japanese army and requisitioned nearby villagers or villagers. "
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He continued that although many tunnels have been discovered in Hong Kong, he criticized the government for always treating military relics indifferently. The conservation work led by the Antiquities Office did not have conservation or explanations on the tunnels. In the end, the tunnels seemed to be deserted.
He suggested that the government should select representative and better tunnels for conservation or research.
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