National Geographic : 1938 Mar
Hong Kong-Britain's Far-flung Outpost In China Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams DEFTLY MANEUVERING THEIR SMALL CRAFT ALONGSIDE, BEGGARS BESIEGE A LINER IN HONG KONG HARBOR Long poles with nets are poked hopefully toward likely passengers lining the rails. The ship has just pulled out from suburban Kowloon (left), on the Chinese mainland, opposite the island on which the modern city lies (page 360). When ceded to England less than a century ago, this small area off the southeast coast of China was the haunt of pirates. Today it is one of the world's greatest seaports and the gateway for the heavy trade that moves to and from inland Canton, 80 miles to the northwest, and other South China river ports.