A photograph taken in 1869, of the Central Government Offices, shows some of the bare hillsides that gave Hong Kong the "Barren Rock" moniker. Photo: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Barren rock: Hong Kong’s hillsides weren’t always so lush and green

It’s hard to believe that Hong Kong, with its lush hillsides, was once a jumble of barren rocks, writes Jason Wordie

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A photograph taken in 1869, of the Central Government Offices, shows some of the bare hillsides that gave Hong Kong the "Barren Rock" moniker. Photo: Hong Kong Public Libraries
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