What is Destruction of Opium at Humen?
The Destruction of Opium at Humen began on 3 June 1839 and involved the destruction of 1,000 long tons (1,016 t) of illegal opium seized from British traders under the aegis of Lin Zexu, an Imperial Commissioner of Qing Dynasty. Conducted on the banks of the Pearl River outside Humen Town, Dongguan City, Guangdong Province. The work commenced on June 3rd, 1839 and took a total of 23 days.
A statue to commemorate the hero in the opium war. (Photo: Steven Yuen)