The British Colony of Hong Kong

On January 20, 1841, Hong Kong Island was occupied by the British during the First Opium War. The island was ceded by Qing China in the aftermath of the war in 1842 and established as a Crown colony in 1843. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of … Continue reading The British Colony of Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Basalt Island

Basalt Island (火石洲)  is an island of Hong Kong, administratively part of the Sai Kung District. Together with Wang Chau and Bluff Island, it forms the Ung Kong Group and is part of the Hong Kong Global Geopark. It is located south of Town Island and Wang Chau, east of Bluff Island and north of the Ninepin Group. Its highest elevation is 174 m. On … Continue reading Hong Kong’s Basalt Island

Hong Kong - Michel #1905 (2014)

Tung Ping Chau and Lan Kwo Shui, Hong Kong

The 426-square mile (1,104 km²) Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (中華人民共和國香港特別行政區 — Jūng’wàh Yàhnmàhn Guhng’wòhgwok Hēunggóng Dahkbiht Hàhngjingkēui) contains hundreds of islands, and even a few “former islands”). Tung Ping Chau (東平洲) is located in the northeast corner of Hong Kong in Mirs Bay, close to the border with Guangdong Province in mainland China. The island has an area of 0.447 square mile … Continue reading Tung Ping Chau and Lan Kwo Shui, Hong Kong

The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

On January 9, 1972, the SS Seawise University was undergoing conversion into a floating university cruise ship in Hong Kong harbor when fire broke out aboard under unexplained circumstances and the ship was capsized by the water used to fight the fire. The ship is much better known as RMS Queen Elizabeth of the Cunard Line which, throughout her career, was the largest ocean liner … Continue reading The Sad Demise of a Beautiful Queen

Hong Kong, China #1242 (2006)

Hong Kong, China #1242 (2006)

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (中華人民共和國香港特別行政區), is an autonomous territory on the Pearl River Delta of East Asia. Macau lies across the delta to the west, and the Chinese province of Guangdong borders the territory to the north. With a total land area of 427 square miles (1,106 square kilometers) and a population of over 7.3 million of … Continue reading Hong Kong, China #1242 (2006)

Hong Kong [British Colony] #175 (1946)

Hong Kong [British Colony] #175 (1946)

Hong Kong (香港 — literally “Fragrant Harbour” or “Incense Harbour”) is situated on the Pearl River Delta of East Asia. Macau lies across the delta to the west, and the Chinese province of Guangdong borders the territory to the north. British Hong Kong (英屬香港) was the period during which Hong Kong was under British Crown rule from 1841 to 1997 (excluding the Japanese occupation from 1941 to … Continue reading Hong Kong [British Colony] #175 (1946)