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Incense trees flourish again in Hong Kong
by Kelvin Chan
The Associated Press Translate This Article
24 December 2014
On 24 December 2014 The Associated Press reported:
On land deep in Hong Kong's lush green northern suburbs near the border with mainland China, farmer Koon-wing Chan is working to keep a legendary scent alive in the city known as the Fragrant Harbour. Chan runs Hong Kong's last commercial plantation of agarwood trees, prized throughout the centuries for aromatic resin used to make incense, perfume, and medicine.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of environment and culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
Agarwood, also known as aquilaria sinensis, was once grown in plantations across its native southern China, including parts of northern Hong Kong, as far back as the 960-1279 Song Dynasty.
(Frankincense, one of the gifts carried by the three wise men from the East to baby Jesus in the New Testament's Nativity story, comes from a different tree native to the Horn of Africa.)
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