Dutch roots in Hong Kong
The Central and Western District Council has agreed with a proposal to sign post ‘Dutch Lane’ with a display explaining the history - it will go up later in 2011. I discovered this lane just up from Bowen Road around 2000 when I used to live in the area. Locals using the path told me they called it Hor Lan (Wan) Qeng – 荷蘭(灣)徑.
The only highlights I have been able to find of the path as on Chinese hiking web sites. [Click here for more about Dutch Lane]
Question now is what other references we can find of the Dutch in Hong Kong. All I can come up with is Holland Street in Western and Java Road - Java is the Chinese name for the former Dutch shipping line now known as Nedlloyd.
After World War II the ‘Java China Japan Lijn’ (JCJL) merged with the ‘Buiten Lijnen’ of KPM and formed the ‘K J C P L’, trading under the name ‘Royal Interocean Lines’ (RIL) in the southern hemisphere. The Chinese name was ‘Java’ and the road where RIL built its head office after the war is now named ‘Java Road’. After more mergers the company is now known as ‘Nedlloyd’.
Any other reminders of Dutch roots in Hong Kong?