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Honorific Plaques from Emperor Guangxu

Honorific Plaques from Emperor Guangxu
Above the central entrance hall of Tai Fu Tai is a three-panel commemorative plaque bestowed by Emperor Guangxu in 1875. As the royal family of Imperial China was really ethnic Manchu (Mongolians), all official documents issued by the Court were in Han Chinese and the Manchu language, which is a Tungusic language based on the Mongolian alphabets.

As I mentioned before, Hong Kong is some 2000 kms south of the capital city of Beijing, and was considered a backward fishing village until Britain took Hong Kong from China in the 1840s.

However, as the New Territories was not ceded to Britain until 1898, Tai Fu Tai was still in Imperial China when Emperor Guanxu bestowed this commemorative plaque to the Man family in 1875. The is believed to be the only such official Manchu-language document from the Imperial Court in Hong Kong.

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