Watch out for stones of historical significance: Michael Wong

Local | 22 Mar 2020 6:07 pm

Check out boundary stones marking the previous territory of “City of Victoria”, Secretary for Development Michael Wong Wai-lun suggested to hikers in his blog.

Yau Sau-chung, chief land surveyor of the Lands Department, said there are three types of boundary stones tell the tale of Hong Kong that the public should pay attention to when strolling around the city.

One of them is ‘Boundary Stone of City of Victoria’, built in 1903 as city boundaries by the Hong Kong government to mark the limits of the City of Victoria.

There are six remaining of those stones that share the same features, measuring around one meters at height, tapered at the top and all stones were carved with “City Boundary 1903”.

The existing relics are situated around Hong Kong’s Central and Western Districts at Hatton Road, Wong Nai Chung Road, Bowen Road, Old Peak Road, Pok Fu Lam Road and Victoria Road.

The second type of boundary stones were built in around 1850 to 1859, marking distances from Victoria city. One can still be found at Stanley, while the other is exhibited at the Hong Kong Museum of History due to its high historical significance.

Visitors can still see a faded inscription ‘Victoria’ and three letter Chinese word ‘Kwan Tai Road’ on the stone at the museum.

The third type of stones are located at Lantau Island’s Fan Lau village, South Lantau Obelisk and Lantau North Obelisk. Built in 1902, by the Royal Navy, the stones symbolize the historical convention between Britain and China, respecting an extension of Hong Kong Territories in 1898.

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