How Hong Kong Became and Unbecame a barren Rock
  • Date


  • Time


  • Address

    Cafe Siam 2 floor 21 DAguilar Street LanKwaiFung Central

  • Price


  • Teacher / Host

    Jason Wordie

Min. number of participants to launch: 14

last day to register: 2019-01-24

Join us for a talk on “How Hong Kong Became and Unbecame a barren Rock,“ by established local historian and writer, Jason Wordie in an intimate and cozy setting in LanKwaiFung, Central on Thursday, 24 January 2019 from 7-9pm.

Jason Wordie - graduated from Hong Kong University, with a History degree and now conducts historical walks in Hong Kong, as well as giving historical lectures for a variety of local community groups and cultural and well-known corporate organisations. He has made his home in the New Territories for over thirty years and is constantly updating and revising his talks about Hong Kong and Macau.

His books include Macao – People and Places, Past and Present, published by Angsana Ltd in 2013; Streets: Exploring Hong Kong Island, published by Hong Kong University Press in 2002 and its companion volume Streets: Exploring Kowloon, published 2007 by Hong Kong University Press.  For more than eighteen years, Jason has had a series of regular columns in the South China Morning Post. His current column, Then and Now, appears every week in the Sunday Morning Post’s Post Magazine.

Our evening will consist of a 45-minute talk with numerous mid-nineteenth century photographic images of Hong Kong and its immediate hinterland graphically depicted as a bare, denuded landscape.  Hardly, half a century later, the new colony's hillsides rapidly became covered in trees and flora. How did this process of mass deforestation - which happened in the decades before British acquisition - and a remarkable return to greenery and natural diversity - occur?

In this heavily illustrated lecture, we will explore the regional economic pressures that caused mass deforestation from the 1750s onwards, and the key, interlinked roles of reliable water supply creation for a burgeoning city, regional botanical gardens, and Victorian ideas of civic improvement that helped create the landscape which we enjoy today in our countryside.

The talk will be followed by a Questions & Answer session.

Included in the evening's price will be a welcome drink and Thai snack food to enjoy.  Additional drinks will be available at additional cost on the night.

Members price:  HKD 430

Non-Members price:  HKD 550

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Historical Talk on 24 Jan 2019


Cafe Siam is located on the 2/floor at 21 D'Aguilar Street in LanKwaiFung, Central.

Exit the lift on the 2nd floor, turn right to find our private room for the evening's lecture.

Join us at 7pm for your welcome drink (alcoholic or non).  Followed  by  3-different Thai snack foods served throughout the evening.

Additional drinks are available on the evening for a cost.