Following the recent public row over Hongkong Post’s plan to cover royal cyphers on 59 old post boxes, the Conservancy Association has made an interactive map displaying where the historic post boxes can be found.

The map was part of a campaign led by the association urging people to take photos of five historic post boxes listed on the map to win a prize. The winner receives a model post box in red, its original colour before the handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

The campaign to take photo of the old post boxes. The third post box from left is the prize of the campaign. Photo: The Conservancy Association.

The decision to cover royal cyphers from the British era was made by the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEDB), lawmaker Claudia Mo was told by the government.

Mo said that the officials did not give her a timetable of the plan to cover the cyphers nor whether the plan would be put on hold.

Postmaster General Jessie Ting Yip Yin-mei. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Hongkong Post has restated its stance following local and international news reports of the plan.

“The Government considers it inappropriate to display the crown and the British royal cypher on old posting boxes that are still in service, and is looking into ways to update the markings on these boxes,” a statement from the Hongkong Post read.

A post box with British insignia – ERII (left) and GRV (right). Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The plan to cover royal cyphers on post boxes sparked controversy and protests.

An old post box with ERII royal cypher in Yau Ma Tei. Photo: Facebook/Hong Kong History Study Circle.

Previously, Hongkong Post told HKFP that they will take care not to cause any damage to the royal cyphers and that no old boxes will be removed from the streets.

Two ERII post boxes, one with original design in Western Market (left). Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.