Part I: The making of the fragrant harbour
Before Hong Kong: Essential context . When the Portuguese established Macao as a permanent trading settlement with the permission of the local Chinese mandarinate in about 1557, the face of South China trade changed.
Jason Wordie is an established local historian and writer. He has made his home in the New Territories for more than twenty five years.
He conducts historical walks in Hong Kong, Macao, Canton (Guangzhou) and Humen as well as giving historical lectures for a variety of local community groups and cultural organisations, in addition to various well-known corporate bodies.
Jason has had a series of regular columns in the South China Morning Post. His current column, Then and Now, appears every week in the Sunday Morning Post’s Post Magazine. Jason has written several books on Hong Kong and the region.