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Xiao Hong (1911 - 1942)
Originally named Zhang Naiying; born in a farm in Hulan, Heilongjiang province. Prestigious female writer of Northwest China. Xiao Hong was deeply imprinted by the thoughts propagated by the May-fourth Movement and the anti-Japanese campaigns. She first drew the attention of the literary circle with her work The Field of Life and Death in the 30s. In the autumn of 1940, she arrived at Hong Kong with her husband, Duanmu Hongliang, from Chongqing. Not two years after her arrival she came down with lung disease, at which time the Japanese forces took over Hong Kong. Not long after she passed away, at the age of 31. Her important works include Tales of Hulan River, My Back Court, and Ma Bole.
Xiu Hong once told of her fondness of the ocean and of the tree shades. She had not had the chance to see the ocean when she was a child. Before her death, she wrote, "The azure skies and the cerulean oceans will forever be my company." Her husband, Duanmu Hongliang, buried half of her bone ashes in the shades of a tree near Lido Garden in Repulse Bay. Duanmu later remarried, and in 1997 he passed away. In honour of his wishes, Duanmu's second wife took part of his bone ashes to Hong Kong and scattered them in Repulse Bay.