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Gallery 2: The Ming Period (1368-1644)

Originally a casemate for soldiers, this gallery introduces the history of Guangdong's coastal defence during the Ming dynasty. Situated on the southeast frontier of China and guarding the entrance to the Zhujiang River, Hong Kong was a strategic outpost of coastal defence in South China since the Ming dynasty. Due to frequent attacks by the marauding Japanese pirates in the early Ming period, wei-so (guards and battalions) were established along the Guangdong coast to strengthen its coastal defence. Troops were sent to station in areas of strategic importance. In 1394, the Dongguan Independent Battalion was set up with its headquarters located close to Hong Kong. From then onwards, Hong Kong was among the few outposts within the defence network guarding the Zhujiang Delta region against the attack of Japanese pirates. Three Qing armours, a cannon barrel of Southern Ming period and a model of Ming period Guangdong war junk are on display in this gallery. Supplemented with graphics, the history of coastal defence in Ming period is illustrated.

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Last revision date: 17 October, 2012