Victoria Harbour in the early 1870s. Photo: Hong Kong Museum of History

How Hong Kong’s first land reclamation project sprang from a devastating fire

  • The British colonial authorities used the debris left by the Sheung Wan blaze in 1851 to extend the shoreline by 50 feet
  • The reclamation, the first of many, also gave the impetus for the city’s business elite to build its empires, many of which still reign today
Topic |   Hong Kong housing

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Victoria Harbour in the early 1870s. Photo: Hong Kong Museum of History
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