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An Analysis on the Evolution of Kuan-fu

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2014/2015 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar

An Analysis on the Evolution of Kuan-fu

麥宇翰   Mr Mak Yu Hon Marco

May 15, 2015 (Friday); 5:30pm-6:45pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Language: Cantonese


The Song wells discovered in To Kwa Wan MTR station have recently drawn huge attention in Hong Kong. They were associated with the history of Kuan-fu. During the early stage of the Southern Song Dynasty, there was a sea salt factory named Kuan-fu-chang in Kuan-fu. During the late years of the Southern Song, Kuan-fu developed into a fairly large sea salt manufacturing village, for which Emperors Zhao Shi and Zhao Ping, when escaping to Hong Kong, chose it as the shelter of their remaining reigns. The Kuan-fu Mountain was therefore known as the Sacred Hill in later days. The Song wells found were one of the salt-making equipment, serving as a sound evidence of the existence of Kuan-fu-chang. “Kuan-fu” has become a keyword in the study of Hong Kong history from then on throughout the Qing Dynasty. Nowadays, it refers to an extensive area across Kwun Chung and Kwun Tong. This talk looks into the evolution of Kuan-fu through various literature and maps.

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