Export of ‘kuan-hsiang’ 莞香 incense from Hong Kong Ts’un, Aberdeen Harbour – Ming Dynasty
HF: Fung Chi Ming has sent chapter 5 of Hong Kong and its External Communication before 1842: The History of Kong Kong prior to British arrival.
This contains a short section on The Relation between ‘Hong Kong’ and the Kuan-Hsiang’. And this partly concerns the former village of Hong Kong T’s’un (香港村) in what is now Aberdeen harbour and which was the sole export agent for a special kind of incense known as kuan-hsiang (莞香). At the height of this trade during the Ming Dynasty 10,000 silver tael (about 4,000kgs?) were exported annually.
The excerpt says that the trade ended suddenly during the reign of Emperor Yung-cheng (1722-1735) in dramatic circumstances. Have a look.
This article was first posted on on 13th May 2014.
See: Hong Kong and its External Communication before 1842: The History of Kong Kong prior to British arrival, by Lo Hsiang- Lin et al, Institute of Chinese Culture, HK, 1963
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