Thursday, February 12, 2009

Port of Hong Kong - Past and Present

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Date of Issue: January 12, 1982

The theme of this special stamp issue is illustrated in the four stamps issued by scenes of bygone years and one of more modern times.

Hong Kong was a regular port of call for vessels of many flags even before Captain Charles Elliot took formal possession of the island early in 1841.

For over a century, the port of Hong Kong was principally engaged in entrepot activities - a warehouse for other peoples' products. After the Second World War, this changed and Hong Kong has now become one of the world's largest exporters.

The Port of Hong Kong, located by the South China Sea, is a deepwater seaport dominated by trade in containerised manufactured products, and to a lesser extent raw materials and passengers. A key factor in the economic development of Hong Kong, the natural shelter and deep waters of Victoria Harbour provide ideal conditions for berthing and handling all types of vessels. It is one of the busiest ports in the world, in the three categories of shipping movements, cargo handled and passengers carried

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Designer: Mr. Redge Solley
Printer: Questa Colour Security Printers Ltd.
Process: Lithographic
Denominations: 20c, $1, $1.30, $2.00

Scott: A75 380-383

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