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Victoria Harbour takes its name from Queen Victoria, of course, though the famous body of water was first called Fragrant Harbour. That’s heung gong in Cantonese – or, to say it phonetically, Hong Kong.

Asia Plantation Capital (APC), one of Asia’s largest commercial Aquilaria growers, is trying to save the trees by encouraging sustainable agarwood plantations in Hong Kong and across Asia. They believe that only a few hundred wild specimens remain in Hong Kong, although the Hong Kong government claims to have planted around 10,000 saplings a year since 2009. even off the vial i knew what i have in front of me and ready to give out my impressions, but i decided to try them all a couple of times at least and explore their evolution all the way to dry down. some lessons were learned from doing so. Again and again, the key events of his life happen offstage. On first surrendering to the Japanese, he reports that: 'The soldiers subjected me to certain indignities.' We are never told what these certain indignities were. Later, after he has abruptly broken off his engagement with a high-spirited young Englishwoman, Stewart says: 'It is a conversation that I prefer not to recall.' When the hotel is agreed to be sold and he learns that he will be given a loyalty bonus, he asks Masterson’s executor how much. He discloses only that "He told me": is like a full perfume of oud. the bitterness is like aceh wood from sumatra. this oil reminds me also of feel oud Virgin sumatra island but bigger, deeper, fuller and agar aura's ambrosia another sumatran oil.


According to another theory, Hong Kong was named after a censer in front of the Tin Hau Temple in Causeway Bay. The censer travelled drifted to the island and was stranded on the beach in front of the temple. It was taken to the front of the temple, so they called the bay in front of it Hongxianglu Harbour and the hill behind it Hongxianglu Hill. The name 'Hongxianglu Harbour' was spread to the whole island, so the island was called Hong Kong. However, the Xinan Gazetteer shows that a Hong Kong Village and Hongxianglu Harbour appeared simultaneously but at different positions, so this theory is incorrect. Speaking of land reclamation, here’s an interesting stat. If you measure a north-south line from the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui across to the Convention Centre (HKCEC) on HK Island, it’s around 900 metres. Before land reclamation started, however, the distance across that key part of the harbour was well over 2km. It was all water between Johnson Road in Wan Chai and Chatham Road in TST! After being named a free port, the so-called "fragrant harbour" - a literal translation of the territory's name - became a key global trading stop, assisted also by the opening of a rail terminus from China.

After the allied victory, Stewart builds up his hotel business, while coming to terms with every local variety of graft and criminality. Maria continues her missionary work. When she vanishes, a Triad victim, it is of more account to Stewart than to the reader, whose nerves are shredded by her awesome rectitude. The pay-off from their polite passion becomes clear in a final section, which introduces a third voice.And in 1898 Britain acquired a 99-year lease on the so-called New Territories, a far larger strip of peninsular land, and the island of Lantau.

Tom was conscious of the trouble his own curiosity could get him into. When asked to play a role in the wartime resistance against the Japanese, he asks, "‘Isn’t it better if I know a bit more?’ It would be untrue to say I blush at the memory of asking that question. But it was one of the stupidest things I ever said." More recently, the harbour featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014). The film also had its premiere here. Did you know? It begins to unravel by the third section, however. The plot twist involving two of the major characters contains two main issues - firstly, it doesn't really ring true for the characters and secondly, it's an example of the author keeping information from the reader just to create a twist. The final section is probably the weakest and drags the book down - it just reads like a slightly stilted telling of a business deal and the most interesting section. The most interesting part would be how the grandfather reacts to the new business deal, but this is not included within the book. Also, the book has the problem that it is not really about the Chinese experience of Hong Kong but how the Western world viewed it. It's this concern with the detection of presence (despite and through its apparent absence) that differentiates this novel from more traditional realism, and makes for a sophisticated, rewarding and poignant tale, come its ending.Another military observer was less critical and perhaps more accurate, describing Aberdeen as having “a very respectable appearance” and about 200 buildings. The village was likely to home to about 500 people, roughly the same number as Chek Chu, known in English as Stanley. Sister Maria- activist nun and friend of Tom Stewart since his journey to Hong Kong, when they were shipmates. More than this, I cannot say…John Lanchester knows exactly how much to say, and how much to leave unsaid... and so he leaves much for us to imagine. Part of the trouble is the choice of internal narrators. A go-getting businesswoman does her bit, then Tom Stewart takes over. These two, who start the book off, will meet a long time later in a rather improbable denouement. Since the woman is not very interesting, she cannot plausibly be allowed to write interestingly. The man fares better but offers few opportunities for the sort of writing we know this author is good at. Lanchester has a suspicion of omniscience, of the magisterial certainties offered by a central unifying intelligence who knows everything about everyone in his own fictional universe. He prefers the oblique and glancing eye, the partial, limited intelligence. He is not the novelist-as-puppet-master, moving seamlessly between conflicting consciousnesses, as Ian McEwan did so masterfully in Atonement. What he is, rather, is a talented ventriloquist: he speaks most convincingly through other people, subordinating his own voice to that which is stylised and created.

A big, ambitious novel that doesn’t read like one. There are no pretensions here. Lanchester’s prose is so clean and his style seems so effortless that one begins to underestimate the real achievement: In four personal narratives from four engaging characters, Lanchester chronicles the history of Hong Kong in the 20th century. Wow. He makes it look so easy. The first part of the book is narrated by Dawn Stone, an ambitious journalist who, after a moderately successful Fleet Street career, travels to Hong Kong in the early 1990s to work as an investigative reporter on a glossy magazine. Lanchester takes a considerable risk in choosing Stone as a narrator, because she writes energetically but without any real distinction of phrase or insight, in a kind of smart, wised-up journalese that is so popular today with certain female columnists and which Lanchester spoofs expertly, but for rather too long. Aberdeen Main Road. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00-22:00, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday 10:00-22:00, Sunday and holidays by appointmentYou know the Americans have these stories. "What do you call a nine-hundred-pound gorilla with a machine gun?" "Sir." ... How do you get the attention of a nine-hundred-pound gorilla? You turn up with a twelve-hundred-pound one.'" (Tommy Cheung on p. 286) We hope the show challenges the notion of what it means to be from here, and inspires you to look at Hong Kong through multiple lenses. The postwar story is of Hong Kong's enormous growth, the means by which businessmen converted millions into billions, and the activities of the Triads, the local mafia, among whom a young protégé of Stewart and the nun grows very prominent. A lot of history is duly recorded - Mao's victory, Tiananmen Square, the riots. The scene shifts about: business takes one to Ho Chi Minh City, pleasure to Sydney, family ties to the Kentish pub. But where did this beautiful city get its name and how did it come to be called the “Fragrant Harbor?” Well, the territory that is now present-day Hong Kong was first referred to as “He-Ong-Kong” in reference to the small inland between Hong Kong Island and Aberdeen Island. The name was later Romanized and the pronunciation changed to “heung gong” which translates to “incense harbor” or “fragrant harbor.” There are speculations that Hong Kong was initially the name of a small village on the island that exported trees. The village, which is now known as Aberdeen, was famous for exporting incense trees. The Europeans, who were seeking for fragrant trees and tree parts, assumed that the name “Hong Kong” referred to the entire island. Origin Of The Name It does seem ungrateful not to care much for so confident and studied a performance. The novel has many good things: well-turned dialogue, for instance. But it is as if, in his quest for size and scope, the author has momentarily lost his voice. One had come to recognise it - gently snide, naughtily knowing, at times extremely funny.

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