- Humen Town
Humen (虎门镇), also known as Taiping, is a
county-level citywithin the Dongguan prefecture-level city, on the eastern side of the Bocca Tigrison the east bank of the Pearl River Delta, in the GuangdongProvince of southern China.
Humen is a thriving city crowded with consumer-goods factories. These factories also fueled population expansion from emigrating workers around the country seeking factory jobs. Furthermore, Humen is geographically advantageous for the factories due to its proximity to two large metropolitan cities and exporting harbors, namely
Hong Kongand Shenzhen.
The history of Humen is linked to the
First Opium War(1839-1842). It is in Humen that Lin Zexusupervised the destroy of large quantities of seized opium (1839). Some major battles in the First Opium War were fought here and in the Bocca Tigris.
* The "Sea Battle Museum", which has dioramas and displays concerning the
Opium Wars, may be reached by taking Bus 8A or 8B to its westernmost stop.
* The Opium War Museum aka.
Lin ZexuMemorial Museum
* Former Residence of
* Keyuan Garden (lit. "a garden not too bad for visiting"), built in 1850 during the Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynastyforts, including:
* Weiyuan Fort (威遠炮台), located near the "Sea Battle Museum" and almost directly under the
Humen Pearl River Bridge
* Shajiao Fort (沙角炮台; lit. "sand corner" fort), where the
Convention of Chuenpehtook place in 1841
* Eyi Fort (鵝夷炮台)
* Jingyuan Fort
* Zhenyuan Fort
Travel and transport
Humen is located at the eatern end of the
Humen Pearl River Bridge.
Humen is served by regular direct buses traveling south from
Guangzhou, and one can continue south by bus to Shenzhen's Window_of_the_Worldtheme park, from which one can continue on to the Hong Kong border by bus or the Shenzhen Metro.
A ferry service connects Humen to
Hong Kong International Airport.
* [http://www.humen.gov.cn/ www.humen.gov.cn]
* [http://www.humen.com/english/ www.humen.com]
* [http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%99%8E%E9%97%A8%E9%94%80%E7%83%9F Chinese Wikipedia article about the destruction of opium in Humen]
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