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40th Anniversary, CUHK
Flower talks
Hong Kong Vegetation 160 years ago (cont'd - page 3)
Hong Kong 1820 (picture from

With so much irregularity of surface, there will necessarily be much diversity in the soil; the mountain sides and elevated parts will be chiefly bare and rocky, whilst the beds of the vallies are likely to collect all the usual materials which contribute to its formation. In many places it is deep, and on examination, proves of a red colour, friable, containing small particles of quartz, and, it would appear, sufficiently productive; in some cases it approaches clay, and is made into bricks, which by burning take on them a blue colour. This is their general aspect throughout the vast surface of the empire, and the character of the soil, clay, and bricks of Hong Kong is a fac-simile of those of China generally.

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