RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.
Kung Hei Fat Choy! Hello and welcome to the first episode of The Pulse in the Year of the Dog.
The some 300-year-old Lai Chi Wo village inside Plover Cove Country Park is one of Hong Kong’s best-preserved Hakka villages. Consisting of about 200 houses, three ancestral halls and two temples, it’s situated in a crescent of thick trees and shrubs that acts as a natural barrier. Pretty much abandoned for a long time, the village has undergone something of a revitalisation and now serves as a pilot example for nearby communities.
It’s the Year of the Dog, and in Chinese iconography, dogs symbolise good luck, loyalty, obedience, prosperity, and a promise of friendship. But their relationship with humans isn’t always an easy one. Not only are they – often brutally - killed and eaten in some Asian countries, including China, commercial breeders and pet shops are known to confine them in particularly distressing conditions, and would-be owners are not even allowed to keep them in many Hong Kong housing estates. Things are looking up, as more people across Asia and locally are adopting dogs and looking out for their welfare. As anyone who lives with them knows, they often give back at least as much affection and trust as they receive.