Very Fantastic (好鬼棧)


Very Fantastic was done by Stella So as a graduation project from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2002, and describes the fading world of old Chinese tenements. Her travels through the corridors and byways of these old structures make up the bulk of the book, combining sketches, photos and description in a kind of careful collage.

What is Very Fantastic about?

The story is about a young girl who needed to clean toilets (倒夜香) in an old Chinese tenement. When she worked and walked through the stairs, corridors and suspension bridges in the old Chinese tenement, pawnshops, barber shops and other old local stores around the old Chinese tenement had all changed to modern skyscrapers. When the young girl finished her job and stepped into the street, she had also become an old person. The story tells us that Hong Kong had suffered a great change from 1920 to 2000. Actually, the old Chinese tenement had disappeared and just existed in people’s memories.




If you are interested in Very Fantastic, please visit the following website and watch the story.

If you want to know more about Stella So, you can visit her website and blog for more information!!!!

Stella So’s Website:

Stella So’s Blog:

Stella So’s Old Girl Diary:


1. Very Fantastic. Retrieved on 1 Mar 2014 from

2. Very Fantastic. Retrieved on 4 Mar 2014 from

3. Ng Suat Tong. Memories of Old Hong Kong. Retrieved on 4 Mar 2014 from

4. DrBlack. City of Powder – the disappearing Hong Kong. Retrieved on 4 Mar 2014 from


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