The Incense Tree in Hong Kong – a vanishing species

Hugh Farmer: For over two thousand years the Chinese have used incense in religious ceremonies, to venerate ancestors, in traditional medicine and in daily life. The two  most important ingredients in Chinese incense are agarwood and sandalwood. In what was to become colonial Hong Kong local producers brought in agarwood from across southern China as far back as the Song dynasty (960-1279) including the area later known as the New Territories.

This SCMP  article says that the high value of incense trees is resulting in them being cut down in substantial numbers in Hong Kong and the timber taken across the border into China.

Incense Tree SCMP article 9th March 2014

SCMP 9th March 2014

See:

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/History_of_Hong_Kong/Introduction

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