A beautiful piece of work can be found in front of Block 85 of Whampoa Drive.
Built in the early seventies together with the small quiet town of Whampoa, the dragon fountain has been a symbolic landmark in that area. The Central Expressway (CTE) lies just opposite the fountain.
The majestic 4m-tall Chinese dragon is situated in the center of the fountain, looking to surge towards the sky. Its slender body is covered with small bits of porcelain, carefully pasted on one by one.
However, the fountain has stopped functioning years ago. The water was cut off, dried leaves are clogging the drainage system and the dragon shows certain magnitude of damage under years of exposure to sun and rain; the most obvious is a broken claw.
It will be a fascinating sight to see the water being spouted from the dragon mouth again, but it will take a major revamp to make the fountain works again, and such plans are unlikely in the near future.
During the evenings, the residents of Whampoa like to gather at the nearby park to exercise or chit-chat, whereas children love to run around the fountain. Hope this beautiful artifact can be preserved and restored in years to come.
Published: 22 October 2010
Updated: 05 October 2011