|The Noonday Gun wrapped in blue tarp for tomorrow...|
|Fantastic blue skies and looking over onto a construction site|
The firing of the Noonday Gun is done by Jardine Matheson and the reason why is as follows:
|Green tanks carrying seawater along the path|
While the land is owned by Jardine's, in the 1860s its private militia would fire a gun salute to welcome a Jardine taipan's arrival by sea.
A senior British naval officer was new to Hong Kong and unfamiliar with the practice and found this annoying, as such salutes were only reserved for government officials and senior officers of the armed services.
As a penalty, Jardine's was ordered to fire the gun every day at noon, in perpetuity.
There was an interruption of firing the gun during the Japanese occupation from 1941 when the Japanese dismantled the gun and was subsequently lost. After the British regained Hong Kong in 1945, the Royal Navy gave Jardine a new six-pound gun and then two years later it was back in operation.
|A panoramic shot of the area|