Protecting the Underwater Cultural Heritage
in the waters surrounding Hong Kong

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Protecting the Underwater Cultural Heritage
in the waters surrounding Hong Kong

Description

Since its colonial founding in 1841 Hong Kong has been a vibrant centre for international trade and commerce. Its strategic location at the head of the Pearl River made it a perfect location for maritime trade. Before this the waters surrounding Hong Kong’s 200 plus islands were the notorious hideouts of pirates seeking to plunder the rich merchant vessels trading between China and its South East Asian neighbours. The waters around Hong Kong are only now being fully explored for their cultural heritage. Professionals and amateurs are seeking the resting places of infamous pirate wrecks and the wrecks of their victims. Harbor developments and sea fortifications are being examined. However, the continued expansion of Hong Kong as a trading centre and the shortage of land for development places many underwater areas that may have significant heritage information at risk. Developments and land reclamation in the world famous Victoria Harbor have raised concerns locally and internationally. The building and expansion of the Chek Lap Kok Airport and the building of the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge have given archaeologists opportunity to discover evidence of Hong Kong’s underwater cultural heritage but have also raised concerns regarding its damage and destruction. This paper considers the protection Hong Kong’s laws provide for the underwater cultural heritage in the face of threats from building projects, reclamation, increased traffic in established sea routes and the establishment of new commercial sea routes.

Creator

Steven Gallagher, in Van Tilburg, H., Tripati, S., Walker Vadillo, V., Fahy, B., and Kimura, J. (eds.)

Date

5/20/2014

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Citation

Steven Gallagher, in Van Tilburg, H., Tripati, S., Walker Vadillo, V., Fahy, B., and Kimura, J. (eds.), “Protecting the Underwater Cultural Heritage
in the waters surrounding Hong Kong,” The MUA Collection, accessed February 8, 2023, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1656.

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