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David

PS 'Gwu lo' is roughly how '古老' sounds in Cantonese. It means 'ancient' or 'old-fashioned'.

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Book offer, and Gwulo in the press

  • My Book One are offering 15% off English-language books, including all four of Gwulo's books. Offer ends on 11 July.
     
  • Last week, Dan Ip took listeners to RTHK's 清晨爽利 on a guided trip through the hidden details in two of my photos - one each from my first and second books. The recording is now online, and starts at 05:40 in Part 2.
    1923 Crashed trams on Arsenal Street
    Photo 1: 1923 Crashed trams on Arsenal Street
     

The Anglo-Chinese Boundary 1898

Guest author Klaus Liphard describes how the boundary between the New Territories and China was created in the 1890s.


 

Introduction

At the end of the 19th century, the Chinese Qing Empire was weak. This was utilized by foreign powers - France, Germany, Russia, and also Great Britain - to force China to lease territories to them.

Britain forced China into The Convention Between Great Britain and China Respecting an Extension of Hong Kong Territory, also known as the Second Convention of Peking, which leased the New Territories to Britain for 99 years. The Convention was signed on 9 June 1898 in Peking (Beijing) and became effective on July 1st, 1898. This short convention (the English text is only one and a half pages) included a map showing the new boundary.

Map of Hong Kong in The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory in 1898
Map of Hong Kong in The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory
in 1898, by Klaus

 

This map had a small scale only. The eastern end of the boundary on land was at Starling Inlet (Mirs Bay), and the western one at Deep Bay. Between these two end points, a straight line was drawn. The exact course of the boundary had to be negotiated by

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1890s View from the Peak

1890s View from the Peak

 

Where: As the title says, we're up at the Peak, looking out to the southeast with Mount Kellett over on the right. Here's a modern map of the area, with the red dot showing

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