By Pui-tak Lee

The evolution of Hong Kong, as a British colony and now a unique Administrative quarter at China's door step, has constantly been inextricably intertwined with the location in China. This courting is tested via numerous views during this quantity.

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Recognizing their commercial potential, he decided to open to them the possibility of building Chinese-style houses in the business area which had hitherto been limited to Western developments. 7 million dollars' worth of real estate from foreigners, eight times what the foreigners purchased from the Chinese. Citing the statistics of the census returns, he enumerated the trades the Chinese of Hong Kong were engaged in: they operated 37 steam launches, 656 cargo boats, 2 088 sampans; they owned 395 trading companies in the Nam Pak Hong; 2 377 described themselves as traders, 455 brokers, 208 shroffs, 14 teachers of shroffing, 34 bullion dealers, 111 money changers, 55 bankers, 109 piecegoods dealers, 58 cotton yarn dealers, 51 tea merchants, 128 rice dealers, 20 coal dealers, 20 firearms dealers, 107 timber dealers, 156 drapers, 191 foreign goods dealers, 95 compradors, 113 ship compradors, and 41 ship charterers.

However, there is no independent census which could ascertain these figures. As for Daoist followers, or even Daoist priests, it is even harder to find reliable statistics. 5 Among the six to seven hundred places of worship, some are Buddhist, RELIGION IN HONG KONG HISTORY 41 some Daoist, some have features of both, and some adhere to a combination of the 'Three Teachings' of Confucianism, Buddhism and Daoism. In Hong Kong, as in Chinese tradition, the terms Buddhism and Daoism include both a minority of those devoted to philosophical study and spiritual cultivation, and a majority who take part in worship services to procure divine blessings.

He also produced the Crown rent receipts from the beginning of 1868, and states that after the fire the Leung Hop Li business was wound up, and that the deceased and the others apportioned the land amongst them, the deceased having his two shares in it. He says that the characters Leung Kwong Chi written in the lease were written by him, and the Leung Kwong Chi was a made up name representing persons in the partnership. '" This does not alter some of the other facts in the case, that the rope maker from Nantou (Cantonese Nam Tau) had worked in Aplichau not as an employee but as a self-employed artisan, holding a share in the partnership that was his business, leaving his wife back home and living with a concubine in Hong Kong.

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