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1950s 1950年代


The Communist taking over China led to a large influx of refugees, and the population soared to 2.01 million by 1951, and provided a source of cheap labour. Likewise, many Chinese entrepreneurs also moved their funds to HK. In 1950, when the Korean War broke out, the United Nations imposed a blockade on mainland China, which meant HK couldn't rely on re-export trade. These factors contributed to rapid development in the manufacturing industry, turning HK into a light industry hub.


1953 英女王伊利沙伯二世加冕紀念郵票  Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Commemorative Stamp

伊利沙伯二世在1953年6月2日加冕,港府把2及3日列作假期,全城有多項大型活動,例如煙花匯演及會景巡遊,不少商家、街坊福利會等等把各處佈置得美輪美奐,全城歡騰 。

On May 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, and the Hong Kong government declared June 2 and 3 as holidays. There were many large-scale events, including fireworks displays and processions. Many businesses and organisations decorated their premises beautifully, and the whole city was filled with joy and excitement.

1959 港府發行的$1,0.1,0.01紙幣 $1,0.1,0.01 notes, issued by the Government of Hong Kong


Similar to- Scotland, the printing of legal tenders in HK has long been done by different banks, for example the pseudo central bank, HSBC, rather than the central bank itself. In 1935, under the pressing time constraint as the silver standard was abandoned, the government printed small-denomination paper notes, and the practice continued ever since. One-cent note came in handy when paying utility bills. However, It ceased to be legal tender in 1995.

1959 香港盾徽2010年代復刻版 Coat of Arms of Hong Kong. Reproduction in 2010s

盾徽的最下方是一座綠色島嶼,圍上象徵海水的波紋,代表香港島。布條的上方,即盾徽的正中部份,是一塊盾牌。作為主體,盾牌大至分上、下部份,上半繪有一枚海戰金冠,寓意皇家海軍和英國商船隊(Merchant Navy)與香港的聯繫;最下端畫有象徵海水的波紋,而海面上的左、右方各繪有一艘中式帆船,反映香港早年以海運起。盾牌中間的城垛是是紀念香港保衛戰。盾牌左右兩方各有一隻金獅和金龍,作為護盾獸。前者代表英國,後者象徵香港具中華文化,兩者寓意香港是中西合璧。盾牌上方這頭獅子以雙手握着一顆珍珠,即「東方之珠」也。

The bottom of the shield features a green island surrounded by ripples that is the sea, symbolising Hong Kong Island. Above the island, a shield is divided into two halves in the centre of the banner. The upper half depicts a naval crown, symbolising the connection between the Royal Navy, the Merchant Navy, and HK. The lower half features ripples representing the sea, with a Chinese-style sailing ship on each side to reflect maritime trade in HK's early history. The battlements in the centre of the shield commemorate the Battle of Hong Kong. On the sides are the golden lion and dragon, serving as protectors, and symbolise Britain and Chinese culture respectively. Together they show the fusion of Chinese and Western cultures in Hong Kong. At the top of the shield, the lion holds a pearl in its paws, symbolising the "Pearl of the Orient."


九龍冰室樂高模型 Lego Model of a “Bing Sutt” (traditional cold drinking house, predecessor of “Cha Chaan Teng”, i.e. Hongkongese Café) 


The concept of a "Bing Sutt" originated in Canton, which is an eatery that specialises in serving cold drinks, ice cream, etc. In HK, its history can be traced back to the "On Lok Yuen," a Western-style teahouse that opened in 1909. It was the earliest company to manufacture ice cream in Hong Kong (starting in 1921). The rise of "Bing Sutt" in HK during the 1950s and 1960s, is considered the predecessor to the modern-day Cha Chaan Teng,i.e. Hongkongese Café.

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