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Peace and Prosperity 繁榮安定


After the turbulence of the 1920s, including the Canton-Hong Kong Strike and the Great Depression, HK's economy did not fully recover until 1935. At that time, the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures was evident in many aspects of society. However, all these developments were vaporised by the outbreak of World War II.


1998 啟德機場關閉小型張 The Closure of Kai Tak Airport Stamp Sheetlet


"Kai Tak" was crucial to HK's aviation industry. It was named after businessmen and in-laws Ho "Kai" and Au "Tak", who developed a residential project on the northern shore of Kowloon Bay. The government later acquired the land and converted it into an airport, hence "Kai Tak" Airport. "1936" was highlighted on the stamp sheetlet, marking the year HK had her first commercial airline service at Kai Tak.

The airport, located in downtown HK, continued to operate until 1998. For the residents of the neighbouring Kowloon City , the noise and psychological impact of the planes were huge. They often joked that they could knock down a plane by waving a laundry pole from their rooftops. The extremely close contact between the planes and the local residents during the landing was thrilling and exciting for passengers. The unique landing approach and challenging geographical environment made Kai Tak Airport famous, earning it the title "one of the world's ten most dangerous airports".


1935 港幣一毫(頭像為英皇佐治五世) Hong Kong Dollar $0.1 (coinage portrait featuring King George V)

1935年5月英皇佐治五世登基廿五年,會景巡遊等慶祝活動持續三日,吸引25萬旅客訪港,成為一時佳話 !

Celebrations were held in HK to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V in May 1935. Celebrations lasted for three days, and there was a grand procession. It was the talk of the town and even attracted 250,000 visitors! 

1937 港幣一毫(頭像為英皇佐治六世) Hong Kong Dollar $0.1 (coinage portrait featuring King George VI)

1937 英皇佐治六世加冕紀念郵票 King George VI Coronation Commemorative Stamp


During the coronation of the new King, there were also a series of celebratory events, including a spectacular fireworks display over Victoria Harbour. However, this was also the last time for the next eight years for HK to experience such a shared celebration. Two months after the coronation, the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out. In October 1938, Japanese troops advanced to the HK border. As a result, a large number of refugees from Guangdong and other parts of China flooded into HK, leading to a turbulent time.

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