Queen's Road, the Busy Street of Hongkong, China

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Hongkong is one of the important cities of China. The only other Chinese port that compares with it in shipping is Shanghai (shäng-hä´ ). It is impossible to tell exactly the amount of trade that Hongkong has each year, but it is probably between $250,000,000 and $300,000,000. That is, its shipping is about as heavy as that of New Orleans. It exports tea, silk, sugar, opium, cotton, ivory, salt, and sandalwood. Hongkong is at the mouth of the Si River. It is really an island, but the name is generally applied to the capital of the island, which is Victoria. The island is naturally a part of China, but Great Britain has held it since 1841. It is governed by a council appointed by Great Britain. There are 4 other cities in China that are owned by foreign nations. Besides, there is a number of "treaty ports." In these ports foreigners are free to do business. The Chinese do not like to have foreigners come into their country so these places have been set apart as those in which foreigners are welcome. The people of Hongkong are largely Chinese. There are about 25 Chinese to one white person in the port. A part of the area is very thickly populated. Hongkong is situated 650 miles northwest of Manila. It is 1440 miles from Singapore. It is 800 miles from Shanghai. With these cities Hongkong carries on a heavy trade. Locate each of them on the map of Southeastern Asia. Which way is Hongkong from Tokio? How far is it from Hongkong to San Francisco? What ocean lies between these last two cities? Name the waters through which a vessel would pass in going from Hongkong to Liverpool by way of the Suez Canal. Keystone ID: 12052 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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