Archive for March 19th, 2012

Zoroastrian Hong Kong

March 19, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments (2)

 

Parsis have played an important role in the Hong Kong’s history since the time of its founding (the Treaty of Nanking, which ceded Hong Kong to the British, was signed on a ship called the Cornwallis which was built in a Parsi-owned shipyard in Mumbai). Eve. Today, reminders of this aspect of the city’s history are to be seen in street names like Mody Road and Kotwall Road; then there are buildings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

like this one:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the most poignant memorial is the Parsi cemetery,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

which is right beside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Hindu Temple, in Happy Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded a decade after the island was colonized by the British

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the cemetery is beautifully maintained

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a haven of tranquility in the busy city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gravestones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

speak of long journeys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

many of them undertaken in the 19th century

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

soon after the city’s founding.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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