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Stonecutters Island (昂船洲) is a former island in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong. Following land reclamation, it is now annexed to the Kowloon peninsula. A small island in the Adriatic sea An island is any piece of land smaller than a continent and larger than a rock, that is completely surrounded by water. ... Victoria Harbour is the harbour between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. ... Hong Kong (香港; Cantonese IPA: ; Jyutping: hoeng1 gong2; Yale: heūng góng; pinyin: Xiānggǎng; Wade-Giles: Hsiang-kang) is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the Peoples Republic of China. ... Land reclamation is either of two distinct practices. ... The Kowloon Peninsula, commonly referred to as Kowloon, is a peninsula, in the south of the mainland part of the Hong Kong territory. ...

The island was ceded by the Qing Emperor of China to Britain with Kowloon in 1860 through the Convention of Peking. The island was initially used for quarrying by the British: Murray House, a British colonial-style building which has been transplanted from Central, Hong Kong to Stanley, is made from granite columns which were imported from Manila and quarried on Stonecutter's Island. The Qing Dynasty (Manchu: daicing gurun; Chinese: 清朝; pinyin: qīng cháo; Wade-Giles: ching chao), sometimes known as the Manchu Dynasty, was founded by the Manchu clan Aisin Gioro, in what is today northeast China expanded into China proper and the surrounding territories of Inner Asia, establishing the... The king or wang (王 wang2) was the Chinese head of state from the Zhou to Qin dynasties. ... In modern day Hong Kong, Kowloon (九龍, Mandarin: Jiulong, lit. ... 1860 is the leap year starting on Sunday. ... The Convention of Peking (October 18, 1860), also known as the First Convention of Peking, was a treaty between the Qing Government of China and the British Empire, and between China and France, and China and Russia. ... Murray House (美利樓) was a Victorian-era building in Central District, Hong Kong. ... Central (中環) is an area located in Central and Western District, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. ... Stanley Stanley (赤柱; lit. ... Granite is a common and widely-occurring group of intrusive felsic igneous rocks that form at great depths and pressures under continents. ... For other meanings of the word, see Manila (disambiguation). ...

Stonecutters Island was captured by the Japanese Imperial Army on December 11, 1941, following heavy shelling. Merchant ships in the island's docks were scuttled, and demolitions were carried out at Kowloon Naval Yard and on the island. During the World War II, radio installations on the island were used by the Japanese for military purposes and for extending the range of tranmission of the NHK Overseas Broadcasting Bureau. The Imperial Japanese Army (大日本帝国陸軍 Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun) was in existence from the Meiji Reformation to the end of World War II. It was created to replace the traditional Japanese samurai with a modern Western-style conscript army. ... December 11 is the 345th day (346th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language Japanese Capital Tokyo Largest City Tokyo Emperor Akihito Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 60th 377,835 km² 0. ... NHK (日本放送協会, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai), or Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japans public broadcaster. ...

The island was connected to the Kowloon peninsula by the West Kowloon Reclamation in the 1990s to provide land for the construction of the road and railway network to the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, and for the new container terminals. Hong Kong International Airport Hong Kong International Airport (香港國際機場), popularly referred to as Chek Lap Kok Airport (赤鱲角機場 Pinyin: Chìliè Jiǎo, Red Perch Cape), is the international airport of Hong Kong. ... Chek Lap Kok (赤鱲角; pinyin: Chìliè Jiǎo; lit. ... Containers in the port of Kotka (Finland) on the Baltic Sea. ... Categories: Stub | Commercial item transport and distribution | Transportation ...

A British Royal Navy base was previously established on the island. Following the reunification of Hong Kong with China on July 1, 1997, the naval base is now operated by the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. Royal Navy Ensign The Royal Navy is the navy of the United Kingdom. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) ( Traditional Chinese: 人民解放軍, Simplified Chinese: 人民解放军, pinyin: Rénmín Jiěfàng Jūn), which includes an army, navy, air force, and strategic nuclear forces, serves as the military of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). ... The Peoples Republic of China (PRC) comprises most of the cultural, historic, and geographic area known as China. ...

Stonecutter's Island is the contemporary site of a large sewage treatment facility. Also, the Stonecutters Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge which would link up the Kowloon peninsula with the Tsing Yi Island to form part of Route 8, is presently under construction on the island and is scheduled to complete in 2008. Sewage is domestic, municipal, or industrial liquid waste products. ... Sunshine Skyway, Tampa Bay, Florida Millau viaduct in France A cable_stayed bridge is a bridge that consists of one or more pillars, with cables supporting the roadbed. ... Tsing Yi (青衣), or Tsing Yi Island (青衣島) is an island of Hong Kong, to the northwest of Hong Kong Island. ... Route 8, Hong Kong is a dual 3-lane highway under construction which will link Lantau Island, Tsing Yi, West Kowloon and the Northeast New Territories of Hong Kong. ... 2008 is a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

The territory of Hong Kong consists of a mainland area and 236 islands. ... The following is a list of buildings, sites and areas in Hong Kong: List of the 18 districts of Hong Kong, with a partial list of their sub-areas and streets Hong Kong Island Central and Western Central Admiralty Kennedy Town Mid-levels Sai Ying Pun Shek Tong Tsui Sheung...

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Major islands and peninsulas in Hong Kong
Main islands (by size): Lantau | Hong Kong Island | Lamma | Chek Lap Kok | Tsing Yi | Kau Sai Chau | Po Toi | Cheung Chau | Tung Lung Chau | Kat O | Wong Wan Chau | Hei Ling Chau | Tap Mun Chau | Ap Lei Chau | Tai A Chau (Soko Islands) | Tung Ping Chau | Peng Chau | Ma Wan | Ninepin Group | The Brothers | Green Island | Waglan | Kowloon Rock
Former islands: Kellett Island | Stonecutters Island | Hoi Sham Island | Channel Rock | Tsing Chau | Mong Chau | Chau Tsai | Nga Ying Chau
Peninsulas: Kowloon | Sai Kung | Clear Water Bay | Stanley | Shek O | Cape D'Aguilar

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Stonecutters Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (774 words)
Stonecutters Island or Ngong Shuen Chau (昂船洲) is a former island in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.
The island was connected to the Kowloon peninsula by the West Kowloon Reclamation in the 1990s to provide land for the construction of the road and railway network to the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, and for the new container terminals.
Soko Islands (Tai A Chau, Siu A Chau)
Ecosystems Ltd. (483 words)
A proposed PRC navy dockyard at Stonecutters Island, Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong required a survey of coastal flora and fauna.
Stonecutters, historically a British naval base, was until recently the last island within Victoria Harbour which still possessed areas of closed canopy woodland.
Stonecutters Island has been recognised as one of the world's largest roosting sites for Black-eared Kites, and also supports a large resident community of breeding Reef Egrets, Night Herons, and other wading birds.
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