Pearl Farming in Hong Kong – attempt to revive the 1,000 year-old industry

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“David Wong Chun-kit carefully pushes his knife into an oyster, between the two sides of its shell. He wiggles the blade back and forth to sever the muscle that holds it closed, and then gently prises the shell open. Inside, nestled within the oyster’s slimy folds, is a pearl – lustrous, perfectly spherical and gleaming creamy white in the morning […]

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Chinese Preserved Ginger shipped through HK 1913

This report is from The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia 7th April 1913. It adds information to our other articles about ginger in HK. “There has been a general increase in the export of preserved and candied ginger from China during the past few years, the United States particularly showing a growing demand for this sweetmeat. Exports during the past three […]

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Dr Ferdinand Korn, Tai Koo Sugar and a case of the ‘British disease’?

(1) “When Taikoo Sugar Refinery [began] operations… a number of expatriates  had been Germans as indeed had the general manager and former chief chemist, Dr Ferdinand Korn. The refinery’s owners, however were ‘inclined not to go in for too many Germans if we can secure really reliable Britishers’. Not that such ‘Britishers’ were without fault: ‘I am satisfied’, remarked one […]

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Great China Match Co. (大中國火柴廠)

Great China Match Company Detail Image 4 York Lo

York Lo: Great China Match Co. (大中國火柴廠) Great China Match Factory in Peng Chau in 1956 (Land Use Survey, HKU Libraries collection) Founded in 1939, the Great China Match Factory on Peng Chau was once the largest match manufacturer in Hong Kong, with over 1000 workers at its peak in the late 1940s and its “Kowloon” and other brands of […]

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Cheong Alum and the case of mass poisoning at the E-Sing bakery

Cheong Alum E Sing Bakery Image Date Unknown Chris Munn

This article was written by Christopher Munn, and first  published in the Dictionary of Hong Kong Biography, edited by May Holdsworth and Christopher. The publisher, HK University Press, and author have kindly granted permission for it to be posted here. Thanks also to Christopher for sending the first image of the E-Sing bakery. The second image was included in the original […]

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Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited

Sky Shuttle Helicopters Black + White Helicopter From HK High IDJ

Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited ( 空中快線直升機公司) is a helicopter service operator based in Macau.  Formerly known as Helicopters Hong Kong Limited and before that as East Asia Helicopters, it operates helicopter routes between Macau, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Sky Shuttle employs over 250 people. East Asia Airlines Limited was established in July 1988 and Macau-Hong Kong services commenced in November 1990 by using two Bell 222  helicopters with six […]

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Cheung Ka Chai Medicinal Wine (張家濟酒廠)

Cheung Ka Chai Medicinal Wine Detail B Image 1 York Lo

York Lo: Cheung Ka Chai Medicinal Wine (張家濟酒廠) Left: Cheung Ka Chai ad in Singapore in 1947 (南洋商报, 12 February 1947, Page 3); Right: Cheung Ka Chai’s Three Goats trademark filed in 1935 (HK Government Report) Cheung Ka Chai is one of the firms not covered in the earlier article about the Chinese distilleries in HK. It is unclear as […]

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