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.
This article was first posted on 11th March 2014.
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