SH Archive Sung Wong Tai and the end of the Song Dynasty caused by advancing Mongols (Tartary?)

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Little is known of the history Of Sung Wong Tai (at least from what I could find).

Sung Wong Tai was a 45 meter boulder, on top of Sacred Hill, which served as a memorial for the last Emperors of the Song Dynasty.

Invading Mongols (Tartarians?) advanced on Hong Kong during the late 13th century. The Song Dynasty retreated, until defeated in the naval Battle of Yamen in 1279. The 9-year-old Song emperor Zhao Bing escaped to Sacred Hill, where he committed suicide, encouraged and joined by Song loyalist Lu Xiufu.

Zhao Bing and Xiufu jumped from the high rocks to their deaths in the water below, thus ending the Song Dynasty forever.

“Sacred Hill” is not labeled on old Asian maps for the location, indicating the name “Sacred Hill” was provided later from travelers who visited the location. The name “Sung Wong Tai” translates to “Terrace of the Sung Kings”. Note the use of Kings, as opposed to Emperors.

Somehow, the government allowed Sacred Hill to be leveled from 1941-1945 to make way for Kai Tak airport. The massive boulder Sung Wong Tai survived, but was cut into smaller and smaller pieces. As time passed, a park was created with only a small rectangle piece of the boulder remaining, which contains the original inscription, still present today.

Was this the work of the Mongols or the Tartarians? This Sacred Hill, was sacred as the name suggests - Why would the government allow this land to be destroyed for an airport? Was this due to WW2 or simply in hopes of covering up another part of history? Does the boulder appear natural or man made, and where did it come from?

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